Senior Research Scientist
Substance abuse clinician training, substance use and the elderly.
Role play is an important method by which clinicians can practice a clinical intervention, receive feedback, and monitor application of that feedback to their clinical practice. When clinical training is offered online, by distance learning, or asynchronously, there are enormous challenges to conducting role plays or similar unrehearsed assessments of clinical skill. This project proposes to develop an alternate form of the telephone-based clinical skill assessment tool (T-CAT) and conduct a psychometric evaluation to examine the generalizability, alternate form reliability, and construct validity of the T-CAT. This approach has promise as a method to allow for improved clinical skill assessment for a variety of training methods in the alcohol and drug abuse treatment fields. Dr. Barrick’s co-investigator is RIA’s Dr. Neil McGillicuddy. Funded by a grant of $366,188 from NIAAA, 2012-2014.
This project is developing a Web-based coping skills training program to help reduce the psychological distress experienced by women living with an alcoholic partner.
In this study, Dr. Robert G. Rychtarik and colleagues are developing a web-delivered coping skills training program for women with alcoholic partners. The study’s early-stage treatment development work will use an iterative, user-centered web site development process to develop and preliminarily test the Internet-based Coping Skills Training program. Results will provide the foundation for a larger research effort evaluating this promising treatment delivery model. Dr. Rychtarik’s co-investigators on the study are Drs. Neil B. McGillicuddy and Christopher Barrick. Funded by a grant of $994,778 from NIAAA.This project is supported through funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), 2009-2013.
This study investigated the dissemination and “real world” effectiveness of a motivational interviewing-(MI)-based preparatory procedure designed to reduce early attrition from alcoholism outpatient treatment. In order to study dissemination and adoption of the procedure, 150 New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) alcoholism outpatient clinics were randomly assigned to one of three dissemination conditions. Researchers examined the clinic sites’ rates of client retention and client treatment outcome prior to and following dissemination. Funded by a grant of $2,670,633 from NIAAA, 2004-2011.
Barrick | Collins | Smyth
The goal of this study was to develop a training program for therapists using a combination of laptop computers, an interactive database, and distance learning in a state-of-the-science, innovative model of technology transfer and knowledge exchange. The training program offers instructional design technology, a constructivist theory-based approach to learning, and a computer-based Post-Training Support Center. A clinical trial in a series of four phases allowed for ongoing development and refinement of the training materials with 90 volunteer clinicians. This investigation will provide a better quality of learning and understanding and make empirically supported treatments available to broad audiences of community-based clinicians. Dr. Chris Barrick’s co-investigators are Drs. R. Lorraine Collins, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions, School of Public Health and Health Professions, and Nancy Smyth, UB School of Social Work. Funded by a grant of $1,585,000 from NIDA, 2005-2010.
Homish | Barrick
The goal of this project was to assist in disseminating information to rural first responders. To do this, a web-based “wiki” board was prepared and demonstrated to allow for rapid editing and enhancing of content to the first responders. Principal Investigator Gregory Homish, PhD, UB’s Department of Health Behavior and Chris Barrick, PhD, RIA, collaborated on the project. Funded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and in conjunction with the Western New York Public Health Alliance, the Linking Advanced Practice Centers & Local Health Departments to Gregory Homish, PhD, 2008-2009.