Prevention Research

CBRI is dedicated to promoting positive youth development and life-long well-being. CBRI has expertise in the prevention of substance use problems, HIV, and mental health challenges, particularly among underrepresented medically underserved populations. CBRI’s NIAAA, NIH, SAMHSA, Ware Foundation, and Aetna Foundation funded prevention research has focused on the cultural, linguistic, and developmental adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of traditional (e.g., school-based psycho-educational groups) and innovative (e.g., yoga, mindfulness, equine facilitated therapy) prevention programming. Below are some examples of prevention research studies.

 

For more information about each study, please click on the logos below.

@CodytheCamel

Partnership for Preventing Health Risks

Originally in collaboration with Union Positiva, currently in collaboration with Project Access Foundation and Spectrum Programs, this SAMHSA funded study implements prevention interventions aimed at reducing substance use, HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis among Hispanic young adults. Interventions so far have involved free HIV/VH testing at FIU campus and a social media awareness and prevention campaign (Cody the Camel mascot).

Principal Investigator:
• Eric Wagner, Ph.D.

Co-Investigators:
• Michelle Hospital, Ph.D. • Staci Leon Morris, Psy.D.

Project Coordinator:
• Katherine Perez, B.S.

Project Options

This NIAAA-funded multi-site study involved the evaluation of group-based alcohol use prevention program among Miami-Dade County Public School students. Both program conditions – motivational interviewing (MI) and education only – were implemented through 6 sessions and fitted with adolescents from various cultural backgrounds.

Principal Investigator (FIU Site):
• Eric Wagner, Ph.D.

Co-Investigators:
• Michelle Hospital, Ph.D.  •Staci Leon Morris, Psy.D.

Project Coordinator:
• Eva Wales, M.S.

TXT4TeenHLTH

This study, funded by the Aetna Foundation, evaluated a voluntary mindfulness and yoga-based program offered to high school students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, particularly racial/ethnic minority teens. The 6-week program involves on-site meditation, yoga and mindfulness exercises.

Principal Investigator:
• Eric Wagner, Ph.D.

Co-Investigators:
• Michelle Hospital, Ph.D. • Staci Leon Morris, Psy.D.