Health Behavior and Research Training Institute (HBRT)

The Health Behavior Research and Training Institute (HBRT) specializes in the development and implementation of interventions to address health behaviors and in the training and supervision of providers in the field who address behavior change on the front lines. Our theoretical framework is based on the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Through funding primarily from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our intervention research focuses on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; alcohol, cocaine, smoking, and other substance disorders; STI testing; HIV and safer sexual practices; and screening and brief motivational interventions in medical settings.

The HBRT Institute also provides training, supervision, and “coaching” services on evidence-based intervention and prevention approaches including Project CHOICES and TTM/MI-based group treatment for substance abuse. Our goal at the HBRT Institute is to meet the training and supervision needs of community providers in a cost-effective manner. Our expert trainers and coaches provide the necessary expertise and our training infrastructure and web-based communication network provide the accessibility.

In addition to teaching health care providers and mental health professionals to use screening and brief motivational interventions in medical settings, a recent emphasis has also been on training and coaching a wide array of staff (e.g., counselors, case managers, supervisors) in community mental health agencies. Collaborators have included county, state, federal, and international governmental agencies.

The HBRT team consists of :