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Current Studies and Projects

  • Active Aging Research Center
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Principal Investigator: David Gustafson, Ph.D.,
    6/1/11 - 5/31/16
  • Summary: The Active Aging Resource Center proposes to develop, test, and disseminate a low-cost, integrated information and communication technology (ICT) to address reasons that elders lose their ability to live independently in their homes, while also creating an environment that fosters new community based pilot projects.
  • Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) National Coordinating Center
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
    Principal Investigator: Esra Alagoz, Ph.D.
    9/30/12 - 9/29/17
  • Summary: The ATTC Network Coordinating Office serves as a national coordinating center for the ATTC Network, which is a national leader in preparing the addictions workforce to deliver effective and culturally sensitive services that lead to long-term recovery.
  • CASA-CHESS: Smartphone Technology to Enhance Engagement with Behavioral and Primary Care Services Among Latinos with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders
    Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
    Principal Investigator: Jordana Murhoff, Ph.D., Boston University
    Co-Principal Investigator: Esra Alagoz, Ph.D.
    9/30/2016 - 9/29/21
  • Summary: Develop and program information and training components in Spanish into the CASA-CHESS smartphone application to address overdose prevention and education, health and wellness, co-occurring disorder information and expand bilingual content for Latino participants.
  • Conceptualizing the problem of implementation: a Systems Engineering perspective applied in Substance Abuse Treatment
    National Institue of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Principal Investigator: Andrew Quanbeck, Ph.D.
    5/1/15 - 4/30/20
  • Summary: This project is intended to evaluate a model for implementing within FQHCs a smartphone-based integrated model for addiction recovery. The system, Seva, is designed to reduce risky use of drugs and reduce readmissions to inpatient detoxification.
  • Impact of Enhancements to Smartphone-Based Continuing Care for Alcohol Dependence
    National Institutes of Health/National Insitute on Drug Abuse
    Principal Investigator: James McKay, University of Pennsylvania
    Co-Principal Investigator: David Gustafson, Ph.D.
    7/5/14 - 3/31/19
  • Summary: The project seeks to determine whether combining an automated smart phone-based recovery support system with telephone continuing care sessions provided by a counselor improves outcomes over what can be achieved by either intervention alone.
  • Impact on opioid use of bundling medication-assisted treatment with mHealth
    National Institutes of Health
    Principal Investigator: David Gustafson, Ph.D.
    7/1/15 - 5/31/20
  • Summary: This project pairs medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with an evidence-based, smartphone-delivered relapse prevention system (A-CHESS) to improve long-term recovery from opioid use disorders. The goal is to help patients transfer the skills they learn in treatment into their daily lives after treatment and as a result, have greater success in sustained recovery. The project also seeks to understand which elements of treatment work for whom and why so that interventions, especially mobile health interventions, can be made more effective.
  • Implementing Technology-Assisted Drug Treatment and Relapse Prevention in FQHCs
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Principal Investigator: David Gustafson, Ph.D.
    7/1/12 - 6/30/17
  • Summary: This project is intended to evaluate a model for implementing within FQHCs a smartphone-based integrated model for addiction recovery. The system, Seva, is designed to reduce risky use of drugs and reduce readmissions to inpatient detoxification.
  • Optimizing HIV care for patients with substance abuse disorders using predictive analytics in a mobile health application
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Principal Investigator: Ryan Westergaard, M.D., Ph.D.
    6/1/16 - 5/31/21
  • Summary: This project will test the effectiveness of smartphone-based mobile health (mHealth) system that collects information from patients about drug use, negative mood states, and other factors that can be used to prevent HIV treatment failure.
  • Payer Readiness for Technology Implementation (P-RTI) Tool Application and Assessment
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Principal Investigator: Todd Molfenter, Ph.D.
    7/1/15 - 6/30/17
  • Summary: An explanatory model of the role payers/regulators play in health IT adoption would clarify the payers' role and broaden the scientific and practical knowledge of this poorly understood area. The P-RTI tool will be analyzed using a mixed methods approach to compare 10 statewide payers' readiness for health IT implementation against the percentage of patients who receive clinical services from the targeted technologies.
  • Physician Coaching to Reduce Opioid-Related Harms
    National Institue of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Principal Investigator: Andrew Quanbeck, Ph.D.
    7/1/14 - 6/30/17
  • Summary: The goal of this project is to develop and apply a model for promoting the adoption of EBPs in primary care to address variation in opioid prescribing patterns.
  • Test of a Workforce Development Intervention to Expand Buprenorphine Prescribers
    National Institue of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Principal Investigator: Todd Molfenter, Ph.D.
    4/1/16 - 4/1/20
  • Summary: The shortage of buprenorphine prescribers and physicians in general is a major concern for specialty addiction treatment organizations. This study will test a physician recruitment intervention called the Physician Recruitment Bundle (PRB) and include 70 organizations from three states: Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
  • To Test a Payer/Treatment Agency Intervention to Increase Use of Buprenorphine
    National Institue of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Principal Investigator: Todd Molfenter, Ph.D.
    3/1/12 - 2/28/17
  • Summary: The primary aim will assess the effects of payer and organizational systems changes, versus organizational changes alone, on delivery of the evidence-based practice buprenorphine to treat opiate addiction in the state of Ohio.
  • Using Smartphones to Provide Recovery Support Services
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Principal Investigator: Christy Scott, Ph.D., Chestnut Health Systems
    Co-Principal Investigator: David Gustafson, Ph.D.
    9/1/14 - 2/28/19
  • Summary: The proposed trial is designed to test the effectiveness of using smartphones to provide post-treatment support services via ecological momentary assessments (EMA), ecological momentary interventions (EMI) and their combination on substance use disorders and HIV risk in a 2 x 2 factorial design.
  • Wisconsin Mental Health Collaborative
    Wisconsin Department of Health Services
    Principal Investigator: Todd Molfenter, Ph.D.
    1/1/10 - 12/31/17
  • Summary: The aim of the Wisconsin Mental Health Collaborative is to reduce unnecessary/inappropriate admissions and readmissions to inpatient facilities among the state's persistent and severely mentally ill. To date, the project has reduced behavioral health readmissions in the state by 14%.

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