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Center receives $2.5 million NIDA grant

July 01, 2008

The Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) at Arizona State University (ASU)'s College of Human Services has been awarded a $2.5 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).The

Arizona Network for the Study of Implementation Effectiveness joins an existing array of research centers from across the country that comprise the Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS) collaborative. CABHP will lead a team of researchers, criminal justice agencies and community-based drug treatment programs to study the organizational and individual practitioner factors affecting the adoption of institutionalization of evidence-based drug treatment practices (EBPs). Reflecting ASU's commitment to community embeddedness, this initiative brings together a statewide network of probation agencies and community based drug treatment organizations to serve as study sites.

"The focus of this research will address both organizational and personal processes that are critical to the adoption of evidence-based medicine in general and evidence-based drug treatment in particular", said Michael S. Shafer, Ph.D., CABHP director. He will serve as co-principal investigator along with Maricopa County Adult Probation Chief Barbara Broderick.

The project also taps expertise from across the ASU system as faculty researchers serving as co-investigators will include Cassia Spohn, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Graduate Programs at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice; David R. Schaefer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Dynamics, Center for Population Dynamics; Elias Robles-Sotelo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Timothy W. Lant, assistant research professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Director of Dynamic Informatics, Decision Theater.

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