Research

An Interdisciplinary Multimodal Regional and National SBIRT Training for Health Professionals (BU-SBIRT)

The MHCBM Program is collaborating with the Boston University School of Social Work on a 3-year study (2015-2018) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The project is a combined training and workforce development endeavor focused on the adoption and implementation of an evidence-based substance use disorder protocol, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). The research program is integrating SBIRT training in academic curricula across three programs of study (MHCBM Program, MSW Program, and the Psychiatry Residency Training Program); developing a sustainable SBIRT online training course; and training more than 500 students and clinical supervisors/field instructors in SBIRT across the 3-year study period. The overarching study goal is to have maximal impact on the uptake of SBIRT in “real world” settings across both Massachusetts and nationwide.

Key Personnel:
Dr. Stephen Brady: Co-Project Director
Dr. Eric Devine: SBIRT Training Expert
Dr. Carryl P. Navalta: Intervention Expert
Dr. Jori Berger-Greenstein: Intervention Expert

Dr. Brady and his colleagues also recently completed subject recruitment and participation in a NIMH-funded study evaluating the efficacy of a brief motivational enhancement intervention for risk reduction of HIV in homeless severely mentally ill adults. They are presently analyzing the data, interpreting the results, and writing papers for conference presentations and journal publications.