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Our team has worked with youth for many years and we have found that the collaborative and nonjudgmental approach of MI supports youth in making healthy choices regarding alcohol and drug use. The CHOICE and Free Talk programs were developed using an extensive base of empirical work with adolescents as well as collaborations with community-based partners, parents, teachers, and school administrators. Our hope is that these programs will provide facilitators with an effective way to talk with youth about alcohol and drug use and offer strategies that will help youth make positive choices now and in the future.
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Elizabeth D'Amico is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a licensed clinical psychologist. D'Amico is nationally recognized for her work developing, implementing, and evaluating motivational interviewing (MI) interventions for adolescents. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). D'Amico currently has several grants that evaluate MI interventions with youth in a variety of settings, including middle schools, primary care, teen court, homeless shelters, and with Native American youth in urban settings. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Texas.
Karen Osilla is a senior behavioral scientist and clinical psychologist at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include designing and evaluating brief interventions that use MI with at-risk teen and adult populations. Recent projects include studies evaluating in-person and web-based brief interventions in employee assistance programs, DUI programs, and teen courts. She also recently completed a web-intervention trial, Partners Connect, for military spouses and partners concerned about their service member’s drinking. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington.
Eric Pedersen is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Pedersen trained under Dr. Alan Marlatt and Dr. Mary Larimer in delivering group-based MI alcohol interventions to college students. He also trained at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle and the VA San Diego, where he focused on empirically-supported interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dual diagnoses. Pedersen has a strong research background in young adult alcohol use, comorbid substance use disorders, and diversity issues in substance use research. Pedersen received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington.
Joan Tucker is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Tucker is currently leading an NIH-funded study to evaluate a group MI intervention with homeless youth targeting substance use and sexual risk behavior. Other ongoing studies focus on reducing tobacco use among homeless youth, adapting an evidence-based HIV intervention for homeless women staying in emergency shelters, and improving nicotine patch adherence among HIV-positive smokers. Tucker received her PhD in social psychology from the University of California, Riverside.
Sarah Hunter is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Hunter's primary areas of interest include improving substance abuse treatment quality; building community capacity to enhance prevention and treatment program delivery; and program evaluation. She has worked on several clinical trials implemented in real-world treatment settings, has studied implementation quality, and has assessed client outcomes. Hunter received her PhD in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Jeremy Miles worked as a behavioral scientist and quantitative psychologist at the RAND Corporation for 9 years. He is now a quantitative analyst at Google. Miles specializes in designing and analyzing research studies investigating a wide range of social issues, including alcohol and drug use among teens, prisoner education, and the health and welfare of armed forces service members and veterans. He is the author of several textbooks on statistical analysis and models and is academic editor of the journal PLOS One and statistical editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology. Miles received his quantitative psychology PhD from the University of Derby, United Kingdom.