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A computer-based brief intervention for college drinkers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
71112
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
AA014766
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BEHAVIOR THERAPY ASSOCIATES, LLP
9426 INDIAN SCHOOL RD NE, STE 1Q ALBUQUERQUE, NM -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: A computer-based brief intervention for college drinkers
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44AA014766-02A2
Award Amount: $809,912.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The goals of this project are to develop, evaluate, and disseminate a suite of software programs that provide brief interventions for heavy drinking college students: The College Drinker's Check-up (CDCU). The CDCU will be a revision of the Drinker's Check-up (DCU), a Windows program and a web application developed for older adults. Revisions of the programs are necessary to tailor the programs to a college student population. The DCU intervention consists of integrated assessment, feedback and decision-making modules. The programs will use the FRAMES elements common to effective brief interventions. We will also revise the follow-up program for the Windows version (Follow-up College Drinker's Program, FCDCU) and integrat e follow-up components into the web application so that it has the same features and functions as the CDCU /FCDCU Windows application. The target population is heavy drinking college students (5 or more drinks per occasion for males, 4 or more for females and peak BACs gt80mg% in the previous 2 weeks). Phase II goals include: revisions of the Windows and web applications based on feedback from the pilot study and expert panel; pilot testing of the final prototypes; and a randomized clinical trial (RCT) of t he Windows version with a 12 month follow-up to assess its effectiveness. The RCT will compare the CDCU to a no treatment control group. There are substantial public health implications from this project. Developing a suite of Internet and Windows based pr ograms increases the ability of universities to use these programs and the likelihood they will be used in a variety of different settings. If the clinical trial shows that the CDCU program is effective in reducing heavy drinking, it could be widely dissem inated at relatively low cost. Our pricing structure (a one time fee) also will put this suite of programs at an advantage relative to its competition and make it less costly to adopt. Colleges are experiencing increasing pressure to implement evidence-bas ed intervention programs to reduce heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems in their student body (NIAAA, 2002a,b). At the same time they need alternatives that are less expensive, require less staff effort and training, yet are empirically supported. T he CDCU, if effective, could help meet those needs.

Principal Investigator:

Reid K. Hester
5053456100
REIDHESTER@LOBO.NET

Business Contact:

Kevin R. Hester
reidhester@lobo.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

BEHAVIOR THERAPY ASSOCIATES, LLP
BEHAVIOR THERAPY ASSOCIATES, LLP 9426 INDIAN SCHOOL RD NE, STE 1Q ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87112

EIN/Tax ID: 850288271
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No