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current Research
News

3rd Symposium
Planned for 2007
. Graduate and Post-
Doctoral Fellowships
Available

. Health Behavior
Insights


For information on
making a gift to the
University of Florida's
Addictive & Health
Behaviors Research
Institute, please call
(904) 281-0726.


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for preventing harm and promoting health among youth.


Meet the AHB Research Institute


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The AHB Research Institute Faculty & Staff


F wounded in 2004, the University
of Florida's Addictive & Health
Behaviors (AHB) Research
Institute is located in Jacksonville, Flor-
ida, and is affiliated with the Department
of Health Education & Behavior, College
of Health and Human Performance. The
AHB Research Institute is directed by Dr.
Chad Werch, Ph.D., and employs over
thirty Research Coordinators and Assis-
tants, Research Communications Spe-
cialists, Trained Health Behavior Inter-
ventionists, and Collaborating Research
Scientists. During its brief existence, the
Institute has been awarded over $4 mil-
lion in National Institutes of Health (NIH)
funding to conduct research examining
strategies to prevent harm and promote
health among adolescents and young
adults, and is poised to receive significant
additional NIH funding to develop and
test efficacious health behavior interven-
tions for youth.
Since its inception, the AHB Re-


search Institute has co-hosted annual
Symposia on Addictive & Health Behav-
iors Research, along with Mayo Clinic
and the University of North Florida, pro-
viding a forum for the multi-disciplinary
exchange of both scientific and applica-
tion knowledge in health behavior inter-
vention. The Institute also provides
Graduate Student Fellowships and Post-
Doctoral Appointments in health behavior
and prevention intervention research. N

The mission of the Addictive &
Health Behaviors (AHB)
Research Institute is to develop
efficacious strategies for
preventing harm and promoting
health among vulnerable
populations such as children,
adolescents, and young adults.
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Addictive & Health Behaviors Research Institute


Current Research News


ddictive behaviors cause most of the nation's
premature and preventable morbidity, mortality,
and injury. These health risk behaviors include
alcohol and alcoholism, smoking and nicotine addiction,
drug use and misuse, eating disorders, and compulsive
behaviors (e.g., gambling). Meanwhile, other health be-
haviors, such as participating in regular physical activity,
eating nutritious foods, managing stress, obtaining ade-
quate sleep, and setting personal growth goals, are
known to be critical to longevity and quality of life of indi-
viduals and populations. Lacking are cost-effective, effi-
cacious, and easily adaptable interventions to protect
those most vulnerable to harm caused by addictive and
other health-damaging behaviors, while promoting their
overall well-being and development.

Since its creation in 2004, the University of Flor-
ida's Addictive & Health Behaviors Research Institute has
conducted randomized community trials providing over
2,200 adolescents and young adults with prevention and
health promotion interventions. This research supplies
critical health services to a broad range of at-risk youth,
while examining strategies and mechanisms for enhanc-
ing their well-being and personal development. These
studies have evaluated innovative strategies found to sig-
nificantly reduce alcohol, tobacco, and drug use and prob-
lems, while increasing physical activity, nutritious eating,
sleep, stress management, self-control, perceived health
status, and personal goal setting among participating ado-
lescents and young adults.

Plan for Success:

The primary purpose of this on-going National
Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded research is to test
the feasibility and efficacy of innovative drug abuse pre-
vention strategies using positive career and personal de-
velopment messages for young people who are transition-
ing from high school into careers and college. Preliminary
results from this study indicate that brief image-based
positive youth development interventions are feasible and
have the potential to significantly impact multiple problem
and positive behaviors among high risk adolescents tran-
sitioning into adults.


Project FITNESS:

The primary purpose of this on-going National
Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded research is to test
the validity, feasibility and efficacy of brief, innovative
screening and preventive interventions using fitness and
positive image communications for high-risk older adoles-
cents in a university primary health care setting. Prelimi-
nary results from this study indicate that brief interventions
based on the Behavior-Image Model are acceptable to
college students, can be feasibly implemented in a univer-
sity setting, and have the potential to significantly impact
multiple health promoting and risk habits of college-age
youth.

Project Sport 2:

The primary aim of this planned project is to test
the efficacy of innovative, brief alcohol abuse prevention
strategies in the form of an interpersonal consultation,
parent communication materials, and a combined strat-
egy, which integrate positive youth development mes-
sages and health risk messages for substance using ado-
lescents in diverse high school settings.

Research Projects Conducted with Mayo Clinic:

In addition to research projects lead by the AHB
Research Institute, a number of other studies are directed
by Mayo Clinic in collaboration with the Institute, primarily
examining smoking cessation and tobacco use among
young adults. N

"Since its creation in 2004, the University of Florida's
Addictive & Health Behaviors Research Institute has

conducted randomized community trials providing
over 2,200 adolescents and young adults with

prevention and health promotion interventions."
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Initiatives

3rd Symposium on Addictive & Health Behaviors Research


he University of Florida's Addictive & Health
Behaviors Research Institute, in collabora-
tion with Mayo Clinic, the University of North
Florida, and The American Academy of Health Behav-
ior, hosts the 3rd Symposium on Addictive & Health
Behaviors Research titled Health Behavior Interven-
tion: Combining Research and Practice. This is
the first year that the Symposium will be open to


national participation, and the first time it will be held
at the beautiful Amelia Island Plantation Resort in
northeast Florida, September 24th and 25th, 2007. The
3rd Symposium will provide a forum for the multi-
disciplinary exchange of both scientific and application
knowledge of health behavior intervention. Visit our
registration website for more details at
http://www.doce-conferences.ufl.edu/addictive/. N


Invited Speakers and Topics:


Gilbert J Botvin, PhD Cornell University
"Advances in School-Based Prevention: Effects on
Multiple Health Behaviors"
Thomas H Brandon, PhD H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
& Research Institute
"Two Approaches to Preventing Smoking Relapse"
Kelly Brownell, PhD Yale University
"A New and Important Frontier: Food and Addiction"
K. Michael Cummings, PhD Roswell Park Cancer Institute
"What the Marlboro Man Can Teach Us About Tobacco
Control"
Meg Gerrard, PhD Iowa State University
"Using Social Images in Health Behavior Interventions"
Frederick X. Gibbons, PhD Iowa State University
"A Dual-Focus, Dual-Path Model for Health Intervention"


Michael G Perri, PhD University of Florida
"Improving the Long-Term Management of Obesity"
Judith Prochaska, PhD, MPH University of California, SF
"Multiple Risk Behavior Change: What Most Individuals Need"
Linda Carter Sobell, PhD Nova Southeastern University
"Self-Change: Processes and Implications for the Treatment of
Addictive Behaviors"


"The 3rd Symposium will provide a forum for the

multi-disciplinary exchange of both scientific and

application knowledge of health behavior

intervention."


Graduate & Post-Doctoral Fellowships


Currently, the Institute offers two opportunities
for graduate and doctoral students to re-
ceive research training:

Graduate Research Fellowships
9-12-credit hours
30 hours/week minimum

Post-Doctoral Fellowships
2-4 year appointments
40 hours/week minimum

Graduate Research and Post-Doctoral Fellows
work under the supervision of Chad Werch, Ph.D., with
assistance from the Institute's professional staff.
Graduate and doctoral students from the Department of
Health Education & Behavior will be given preference.
Students should have a basic knowledge of experimen-
tal research methods, health behavior theories, and
descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Applica-
tions are due on the pre-registration deadline for the
requested semester.


For more information about the application
procedure, contact Melissa Wezniak by email at
mwezniak@hhp.ufl.edu or by calling (904) 281-0726.
You may also visit our website for additional Institute
information at http://www.hhp.ufl.edu/heb/Institute. N


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he AHB Research Institute is located in
Jacksonville, Florida, a major metropoli-
tan area with access to urban, suburban,
and rural populations. This location is critical to
the successful planning and implementation of
studies involving a broad range of populations
located within easily accessible settings, including
schools, health clinics, hospitals, health depart-
ments, businesses, and other institutions and
agencies. m


NEW!! Health Behavior Insights -Coming Soon NEW!!

Health Behavior Insights is a new publication designed to provide researchers, practitioners, and students with
critical knowledge of health behavior intervention, practical suggestions for professional advancement, and recom-
mendations about the future of health behavior intervention, encompassing health promotion, health education,
prevention, and treatment. Interviews with nationally and internationally recognized health behavior scientists will
provide invaluable information and frank commentary on the steps to follow and the pitfalls to avoid in developing,
implementing, evaluating, and disseminating efficacious programs for affecting the health and wellbeing of individuals
and populations. Explicit knowledge about health and addictions research and practice abounds in textbooks and
professional journals. This is the first publication, however, to systematically gather and present the wealth of tacit
experiences, knowledge, and recommendations from foremost health behavior scientists regarding their personal
opinions about conducting intervention research and practice, how one can become a prosperous researcher and
practitioner, and what are the key issues to advance health behavior intervention in the future.


Faculty & Staff:


Institute Director
C. Chad Werch, PhD University of Florida

Research Coordinators & Assistants
Hui Bian, PhD Coordinator, Data Management
Michele Moore, PhD Coordinator, Project FITNESS
Alison Sutliff, MS Coordinator, Plan for Success
Alan Alfaro, BS
Alfred Barba, BSCS
Amber Barnes, BA
Heather Boggess, BA
Elizabeth Breting, BSH
Andrea Carroll, BS
Heather Frost, MS

Communication Specialists
Melissa Wezniak, BA Coordinator
Jennifer Hamilton, BA Senior Secretary
Zendra Mathis, AA Office Assistant


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Collaborating Research Scientists
Dolores Albarracin, PhD University of Florida
Steven Ames, PhD Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville
Tom ter Bogt, PhD Utrecht University, Netherlands
Britt Brewer- PhD, Director, Visual Brands, LLC
Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD University of Maryland
Virginia Dodd, PhD University of Florida
David Foxcroft, PhD Oxford Brookes University
I.C. Huang, PhD University of Florida
Dennis Thombs, PhD University of Florida
Julia Watkins, PhD University of North Florida
Robert Weiler, PhD University of Florida

Health Behavior Interventionists
Cecelia Adams, RN Sue Kreichelt, RN
Nancy Archer, RN Kaye Morris, RN
Jan Foster, RN Mary Padzer, RN
Regina Fountain, RN Stevie Schoof, RN
Susan Landmark, RN Marie Wilkinson, RN


For additional information, contact:
AHB Research Institute
6852 Belfort Oaks Place
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Ph: (904) 281-0726
http://www.hhp.ufl.edu/heb/Institute




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