Current Projects and Studies

Transdiagnostic risk factors and the relative reinforcing efficacy of cigarettes (F31DA043934)

PI: Allison Borges, M.S.
Primary fellowship sponsor: Marc L. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Co-sponsor: Edward Selby, Ph.D.

This NIDA funded National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) grant will examine the association between the transdiagnostic risk factors of distress intolerance and negative urgency and the choice of cigarettes over nondrug reinforcers following acute stress, and between transdiagnostic factors, self-report and behavioral measures of the relative reinforcing efficacy of cigarettes and topographical components of smoking behavior.

Status: Recruiting

To complete a screening form to assess possible eligibility for this study, please click here: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_efWZGopM7mOdxDn

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Persistence Targeted Smoking Cessation In Schizophrenia (R33DA041163)

PI: Marc L. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Co-I: Jill M. Williams, MD

This NIDA funded study includes a randomized trial of Persistence Targeted Smoking Cessation In Schizophrenia (PTSC-S), a counseling approach which includes a focus on task persistence / distress tolerance. Smokers with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder will be randomized to one of two counseling interventions and all will receive nicotine patch.

Status: Recruiting

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Characteristics of Medical Cannabis Users

Co-PI: Marc L. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Co-PI: Mary Bridgeman, Pharm.D.

This ongoing study seeks to better understand the mental and physical health and tobacco use patterns of patients seeking medical cannabis from a Medical Cannabis Dispensary in New Jersey.

Status: Recruiting

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OOPN

PI: Nina Cooperman, Psy.D.

Funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Health, the Opioid Overdose Prevention Network (OOPN) initiative receives real-time, statewide information about drug overdoses from the state’s police fusion center. The purpose of this project is to distribute naloxone to communities and train community members on recognizing opioid overdose, rescue breathing, and naloxone administration.

 

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New Jersey Household Survey of Drug Use and Health and Family of Studies.

PI: Anna Kline, Ph.D.

This NJ Department of Health funded grant includes funding for the following five studies: 1. Statewide epidemiological telephone survey of substance use and abuse among New Jersey residents, 2. Risk factors for opioid overdose, 3. Factors affecting community re-entry among prisoners with substance abuse problems, 4. Use and misuse of opioid pain medication by student athletes, 5. Medical and recreational marijuana use in New Jersey.

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Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement in Methadone Treatment for Chronic Pain Management and Opioid Use (NCCIH, R21/33)

PI: Nina Cooperman, Psy.D.
Co-PI: Anna Kline, Ph.D.

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the most effective intervention for an opioid use disorder (OUD), and methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is the most commonly prescribed MAT; however, approximately half of people who begin MMT discontinue within a year, and half of people retained in MMT have an opioid relapse within six months. Chronic pain, affecting most people on MMT, could be contributing to relapse in this group. Novel behavioral interventions that address both chronic pain and opioid relapse among people on MAT are needed. This study, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), aims to evaluate the impact of a novel intervention, Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), on opioid use and chronic pain among individuals receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). This study involves a 2-arm individually randomized controlled trial design that compares MORE and MMT as usual (TAU) among people with chronic pain and in MMT.

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Emergency Department Peer Recovery Support for Opioid Overdose Survivors

PI: Nina Cooperman, Psy.D.
Co-Investigator: Anna Kline, Ph.D.

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In response to the national opioid epidemic, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided funding to states for opioid prevention and treatment, with an emphasis on enhancing access of people with an opioid use disorder to medication assisted treatment (MAT; i.e., standard of care treatment). The NJ Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) leveraged this funding to expand its peer support program, an innovative emergency department (ED)-based program that employs people in recovery to engage overdose survivors in MAT and other services. Although ED-based peer recovery programs are becoming widely implemented nationally, there have been no formal evaluations of their effectiveness.  This study was funded by Arnold Ventures to evaluate the effectiveness of peer recovery support and other ED-based programs in New Jersey in terms of preventing overdoses and facilitating the entry of people with an opioid use disorder to MAT and other treatment. This evaluation is taking place at hospitals throughout the state.

      This study is funded by the John and Laura Arnold Foundation.

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Preventing Suicide in Military Veterans (HSR&D IIR 12-134-3)

PI: Alejandro Interian, Ph.D.
Co-Investigator: Anna Kline, Ph.D.

This is a Veterans Administration funded study.

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Change Talk in Smokers with Serious Mental Illness

PI: Benjamin Billingsley
Research Mentor: Marc L. Steinberg, Ph.D.

This master’s thesis project aims to assess the impact of change talk in an Adaptation of Motivational Interviewing (AMI) intervention for smokers with serious mental illness.

Status: Data analysis

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Interest In E-Cigarette Abstinence Among Dual/Poly Users Of Tobacco/E-Cigarettes: Findings From The Population Assessment Of Tobacco And Health (PATH) Waves 1 (2013-2014) And 2 (2014-2015)

PI: Rachel L. Rosen
Research Mentor: Marc L. Steinberg, Ph.D.

This master’s thesis project aims to address gaps in our understanding of attempts to stop e-cigarette use among dual users and the formal and informal cessation strategies used by e-cigarette users.

Status: Data analysis

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Tobacco and Socioeconomic Disadvantage (NCT03620708)

Co-PI: Marc L. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Co-PI: Teresa M. Leyro, Ph.D.

This study was funded by the Rutgers University Office of Community Relations. We conducted a randomized clinical trial comparing 3 brief interventions designed to increase motivation to quit smoking in socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive a) A brief motivational interviewing intervention, b) A nicotine replacement therapy sampling intervention, or c) A referral-only intervention.

Status: Data analysis

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Continuation and Analysis of Enhanced Tobacco Use Measures and Intensive Training in New York

PI: Jill M Williams, MD

Funding Agency: Pfizer Inc. 

This is a data analysis project to analyze tobacco use measures in a large statewide database. No subject are being recruited.  

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Online Residency Training in Tobacco Use Disorders.   

PI: Jill M Williams, MD

Funding Agency: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

This project develops and tests an online curriculum on Tobacco Use Disorders developed specifically for psychiatry residents. The study is complete and results are currently being analyzed.  No subject are being recruited.  

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NYC Behavioral Health Tobacco Cessation Training and Implementation Center Proposal

PI:  Nancy Covell, PhD
Co-I:  Jill M Williams, MD

Funding Agency: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

This project provides training and technical assistance on Tobacco Use to Behavioral Heatth clinical practice sites in New York City.