Research Projects

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research administers research and training projects funded by a variety of federal, state and foundation sources. The table below lists current and past research projects, with links to individual project summaries, researcher profiles, and projects listed by nine broad categories.

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Project Title Researcher Category End Date
Accessing young black MSM for HIV prevention through online social networking Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care 2016
Acculturation and adolescent substance abuse prevention Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Addictions 2009
Addiction Technology Transfer Center: Region 6 Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Organizational functioning 2022
Addictions Conference 2000 Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions 2000
Advancing recovery: State and provider partnership for quality addiction services Jane Maxwell, Ph.D.
Addictions 2010
Assessing smoking dependence among Spanish-speaking Latino smokers Yessenia Castro, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2019
ATTC: Addiction Technology Transfer Center Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Organizational functioning 2001
Behavioral health information technology enhancement Deborah Ann Cohen, Ph.D.
Addictions 2019
Border drug problems and treatment utilization Lynn Wallisch, Ph.D.
Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2005
Brief alcohol interventions in trauma settings Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2012
Brief intervention to reduce injury in minorities Craig Field, Ph.D. Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care; Latinos 2008
Chemical dependency continuing education programs for pharmacists, social workers, and nurses: Making up for lost time Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Social work education 2000
CHOICES+: Preconception approach to reducing alcohol and tobacco-exposed pregnancy Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2014
CHOICESPlus+: Adapted Intervention for UTHealth (DSRIP) Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2018
Communities for Recovery: Bridging the Gap Evaluation Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Addictions; Parenting 2016
CSWE Gero-Ed Master’s advanced curriculum project Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Gerontology; Social work education 2009
Cultural competence for chemical dependence treatment programs serving African Americans and Mexican Americans Clayton T. Shorkey, Ph.D., LCSW
Addictions; African Americans; Latinos 2007
Culturally adapted brief motivational intervention for heavy drinking Latinos Yessenia Castro, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2016
Culturally grounded drug resistance videos for high risk youth Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Addictions 2003
Culturally relevant model of smoking cessation among Latinos Yessenia Castro, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Latinos 2017
Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment (DMIE). Long-Term Follow Up Tom Bohman, Ph.D.
(dis) ability; Addictions; Mental health 2016
Development of evaluative tools for Austin’s first recovery high school Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Addictions; Education/Schools 2014
Drinking, driving and drugs: Trajectories of DWI recidivism and how to intervene Jane Maxwell, Ph.D.
Lynn Wallisch, Ph.D.
Addictions 2016
DSHS Program TIEMH NorthSTAR: Evaluation and analysis Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health; Organizational functioning 2016
DWI Offender Education Program Jane Maxwell, Ph.D.
Addictions; Organizational functioning 2014
Effectiveness of EMDR to alleviating behavioral problems among girls in a residential treatment center Allen Rubin, Ph.D. Addictions; Mental health 2004
Effectiveness of Good Chemistry Groups with dually diagnosed consumers Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 1998
Epidemiology of drinking and disorders in border vs. non-border contexts Jane Maxwell, Ph.D.
Lynn Wallisch, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos 2015
Ethnicity and faith-based treatment Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Clayton T. Shorkey, Ph.D., LCSW
Addictions; Latinos 2006
Evaluation of “Protecting You, Protecting Me” alcohol prevention curriculum Carol M. Lewis, Ph.D.
Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Addictions; Education/Schools 2002
Family engagement in youth recovery Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Addictions; Education/Schools 2016
Family-based substance use treatment for runaway youth Sanna J. Thompson, Ph.D. Addictions; Homelessness 2008
Georgetown Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative Calvin L. Streeter, Ph.D.
Addictions; Education/Schools; Interpersonal/Community violence 2002
Georgia-Texas Improving Brief Intervention Project Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2007
Hispanic adolescent alcohol use and health-risk behavior Chris Salas-Wright Addictions; Latinos 2015
How does motivational interviewing work? Mechanisms of action in Project CHOICES Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2011
Integrated services for homeless persons: Evaluation services for the Center for Health Care Services Lori Mangrum
Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Tom Bohman, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Homelessness; Organizational functioning 2016
Juvenile drug court evaluation David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
Addictions; Juvenile/Criminal justice 2002
Juvenile Offender Substance Abuse Treatment Service (JOSATS) Network David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
Addictions; Juvenile/Criminal justice; Mental health 2000
Mental health and substance abuse needs of HIV-infected persons in Texas Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2010
Mental health and substance abuse needs of HIV-infected persons in Texas Michele A. Rountree, Ph.D.
Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Mental health 2010
Mental health recovery and resilience Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2020
Minority drug abuse prevention and treatment Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Addictions; African Americans; Latinos 2001
Money Follows the Person: Behavioral health demonstration project Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Tom Bohman, Ph.D.
Lynn Wallisch, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2019
Monitoring the changing methamphetamine market in the Austin area Jane Maxwell, Ph.D.
Addictions 2013
Multidisciplinary approach to reduce injury and substance abuse Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2015
Multidisciplinary approach to reducing injury and alcohol use Craig Field, Ph.D. Addictions; Health/Health care 2012
National Social Work Collaboration for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Social work education 2018
Normalization of heroin: A study of heroin as a “club drug” Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Jane Maxwell, Ph.D.
Addictions 2005
Operation Naloxone Expansion Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Addictions 2018
Prenatal alcohol consumption Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions 2004
Prevention of substance abuse with college student veterans Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., ACSW
Addictions; Military/Veterans 2015
Program and Process Initiative of Texas (SA/PPT) Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2008
Programs, practices, and strategies in African-American communities that promote mental health and well-being King Davis, Ph.D. Addictions; African Americans; Mental health 2002
Project Choices: Program assessment of the Texas FASD Prevention Project Beth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D.
Addictions 2009
Recovery Community Services Program Evaluation Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions 2009
Recovery Oriented Services of Care (ROSC) Technical Assistance Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Organizational functioning 2013
Recovery Support Services (RSS) via Recovery Oriented Services of Care (ROSC) Technical Assistance Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; Organizational functioning 2018
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT / InSight) Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Tom Bohman, Ph.D.
Addictions 2009
Screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment (SBIRT) Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions 2010
Seller/server training evaluation study Michael L. Lauderdale, Ph.D.
Addictions 2000
Service utilization patterns among HIV+ drug users Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D. Addictions; African Americans; Health/Health care; Latinos 2003
Services to clients with dual diagnoses of severe mental illness and chemical abuse or dependence Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2005
Smoking relapse prevention among postpartum women Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2007
Social Work Research Development Program for Underserved Populations Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Addictions; African Americans; Latinos 2007
Statewide motivational interviewing for Texas Department of State Health Services Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions 2009
Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Addictions 2018
Strengthening Hispanic families via NIDA Prevention Science Ruben Parra-Cardona, Ph.D.
Addictions; Latinos; Parenting 2019
Strengthening Homes in Partnership (SHIP) Darlene Grant, Ph.D.
Allen Rubin, Ph.D.
Addictions; Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1996
Substance Abuse Family Treatment (SAF-T) Project Allen Rubin, Ph.D. Addictions; Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1994
Substance use among partner-abuse survivors residing in domestic violence shelters Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D.
Addictions; Interpersonal/Community violence 2005
Tablet-based intervention to prevent substance-exposed pregnancy in primary care Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2020
Tablet-based intervention to prevent substance-exposed pregnancy in primary care: Diversity supplement Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Mercedes Hernandez, Ph.D., LCSW
Addictions; Latinos 2019
Texas adolescents substance use disorder treatment planning initiative Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Mental health 2017
Texas Baptist Children’s Home Miguel J. Ferguson, Ph.D. Addictions; Juvenile/Criminal justice 2014
Texas Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment (DMIE) Lynn Wallisch, Ph.D.
Richard Spence, Ph.D.
Tom Bohman, Ph.D.
(dis) ability; Addictions; Organizational functioning 2010
Translating behavioral health interventions into the primary care setting Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care 2009
Transtheoretical Model Group Therapy For Cocaine Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D.
Mary Velasquez, Ph.D.
Addictions 2007
Treatment alternatives to incarceration Clayton T. Shorkey, Ph.D., LCSW
Addictions; Juvenile/Criminal justice 1994
Veterans Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Stacey Stevens Manser, Ph.D.
Addictions; Military/Veterans 2015
Via Hope: Texas Mental Health Resource Molly Lopez, Ph.D.
Addictions; Health/Health care; Mental health 2014
Title Researcher Category End Date
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