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ficacious strategies for preventing harm and promoting health among youth.

What is the AHB Research Institute?
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.


F wounded in 2004, the University
of Florida's Addictive & Health
Behaviors (AHB) Research Insti-
tute is located in Jacksonville, Florida,
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 $7 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.
Since its inception in 2004, the
AHB Research Institute has co-hosted
annual Symposia on Addictive & Health
Behaviors Research providing a forum for
the multi-disciplinary exchange of both
scientific and application knowledge in
health behavior intervention. The AHB
Institute also provides Graduate Re-
search Fellowships and Post-Doctoral
Appointments in health behavior and pre-
vention intervention research. N


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


AHB Research Institute Faculty & Staff May, 2007







Addictive & Health Behaviors Research Institute


Current Research News


S ince its creation in 2004, the University of
Florida's Addictive & Health Behaviors Research
Institute has conducted randomized community
trials providing thousands of 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 enhancing their well-being and personal
development. These studies have evaluated innovative
strategies found to significantly reduce alcohol, tobacco,
and drug use and problems, while increasing physical ac-
tivity, nutritious eating, sleep, stress management, self-
control, perceived health status, and personal goal setting
among participating adolescents and young adults.


Planned 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
prevention strategies using positive personal development
messages for young people who are transitioning from
high school into adulthood. Preliminary results from this
study indicate that brief image-based positive youth devel-
opment interventions are feasible and have the potential
to significantly impact problem and positive behaviors
among high risk adolescents.

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.


Active!

The primary aim of this National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) funded project is
to test the efficacy of innovative, brief alcohol abuse
prevention strategies in the form of an interpersonal con-
sultation, parent communication materials, and a com-
bined strategy, which integrate positive youth develop-
ment messages and health risk messages for adolescents
in diverse high school settings.

Research Projects 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 thousands of

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 and The American
Academy of Health Behavior, hosts the 3rd Sympo-
sium on Addictive & Health Behaviors Research titled
Health Behavior Intervention: Combining Re-
search and Practice. This is the first year that the
Symposium is open to national participation and will


be held at the beautiful Amelia Island Plantation Re-
sort in Northeast Florida, September 24th and 25th
2007. The 3rd Symposium provides a forum for the
multi-disciplinary exchange of both scientific and ap-
plication knowledge of health behavior intervention.
Visit our registration website for more details at http://
www.doce-conferences.ufl.edu/addictive/. 9


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
"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."


Collaborating Scientist Spotlight


Carlo C. DiClemente, Ph.D. received his MA
in Psychology at the New School for Social
Research and his Doctorate in Clinical
Psychology at the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. DiClemente is the co-developer of the
Transtheoretical Model of behavior change with Dr.
James Prochaska. Dr. DiClemente is the author of
numerous scientific articles and book chapters on moti-
vation and behavior change and the application of this
model to a variety of problem behaviors. Dr. Di-
Clemente is a co-author of a self-help book based on
this model of change, Changing for Good and several
professional books, The Transtheoretical Model, Sub-
stance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change,
and Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages
of Change Therapy Manual. His most recent book,
Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and
Addicted People Recover was published by Guilford
Press in 2003. His current projects involve smoking
prevention and cessation, brief interventions for prob-
lem drinking in medical settings, adolescent and adult
dietary change and health risk reduction, and addiction
prevention and treatment.


For the past 25 years he has conducted funded
research in health and addictive behaviors. He has
directed an outpatient alcoholism treatment program
and serves as a consultant to private and public treat-
ment and prevention programs. In 2002 he was given
the Distinguished Contribution to Scientific Psychology
award by the Maryland Psychological Association. For
his work in the addictions he was given the Innovators
Combating Substance Abuse award by the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation in 2003 and the John P.
McGovern Award from the
American Society on Addiction
Medicine (ASAM) in 2006. He
has served as president of the
APA Division on Addictions
(50) and was recently named a
Fellow of the American Psy-
chological Association.
When not working, Dr.
DiClemente enjoys traveling,
spending time with his family,
and helping coach soccer,
hiking, and skiing. N


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Addictive & Health Behaviors Research Institute


AHB Research Institute Awarded $3.2 Million to Study
Alcohol and Fitness Interventions for Adolescents


T he AHB Research Institute, part of the University
of Florida College of Health and Human Perform-
ance, received a $3.2 million grant from the Na-
tional Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to continue research on
alcohol interventions for adolescents. NIAAA will fund the
research for the next five years.

Dr. Chad Werch, director of AHB Research Insti-
tute and principal investigator, said this study is unique
because adolescents from diverse high school settings
will receive positive youth development messages along
with health risk messages for substance abuse, thus tar-
geting multiple health behaviors during a single, short
intervention session.

"This project strives to reduce alcohol abuse and
problems among high-risk older adolescents often ignored
in prevention research and services," Werch said.

Some of the problems the intervention study
Active! hopes to combat are physical inactivity, alcohol
and drug misuse, poor nutrition and lack of sleep, all of
which are common issues among today's teenagers. Ac-
cording to research, more than half of American youth are
not physically active on a regular basis. National health
data for high school students also show an alarming 25.5
percent of students have been involved in heavy episodic
drinking in the past month, according to the Youth Risk
Behavior and Surveillance Survey in 2005.

This grant will allow AHB Research Institute to
provide a free, activity-based health promotion program
for at-risk high school students at various Northeast
Florida public schools, Werch said.

Werch said research on an initial intervention
titled SPORT showed an increase in moderate and vigor-
ous physical activity, and a decrease in alcohol use,


heavy drinking and alcohol problems among participating
adolescents.

"Active! is built on years of previous research
funded by the NIH," Werch said. "It is designed to in-
crease physical activity, decrease alcohol use and pro-
mote better nutrition and sleep habits."

The first phase of the program will have students
evaluate future intervention strategies for content and
design. The next phase will consist of evaluating a
20-minute screen, fitness consultation, and goal plan de-
livered by computer or a fitness specialist. A third phase
will examine a parent-based program delivered by mail to
participating adolescents' homes.

"Our trained intervention staff will provide brief
motivational programs addressing a variety of health
behaviors including, exercise, eating healthy, resting prop-
erly and avoiding alcohol and other drug use," Werch
said.

The project described was supported by Grant
Number R01AA009283 from the National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The content is solely the
responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily
represent the official views of the National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism or the National Institutes of
Health. N

Did You Know?

Major activities of the AHB Research
Institute include:

*Providing Graduate Student Research
Projects, Fellowships, and Post-
Doctoral appointments in health
behavior and prevention intervention
research*

*Organizing and hosting the
Symposium on Addictive & Health
Behaviors Research*

*Implementing externally funded
prevention and intervention research
trials involving high risk youth.


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Initiatives


Six Invited to Participate as Florida Health Promoting
Research Schools


S ix High Schools in Duval County, Florida have
been invited to participate as Florida Health
Promoting Research (FHPR) schools by the
University of Florida's AHB Research Institute. FHPR
schools are selected to participate in National Institutes
of Health (NIH) funded studies to test novel health
promotion programs designed to help adolescents set
personal development goals and improve health habits.
Participating FHPR schools will receive a $500 stipend
and a plaque honoring the schools' dedication to pro-
moting the health, well-being, and academic achieve-
ment of its students in the latest Initiatives. Congratula-
tions to all schools invited!

Graduate Research & Post-Docto

Currently, the Institute offers opportunities for

graduate and doctoral students to receive
research training:

Graduate Research Projects & Fellowships
3-12 credit hours
10-30 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 and highly
trained staff. Graduate and doctoral students from the
Department of Health Education & Behavior will be
given preference. Students should have a basic knowl-
edge of experimental research methods, health behav-
ior theories, and descriptive and inferential statistical
methods. Applications are due on the pre-registration
deadline for the requested semester.


Duncan Fletcher High School has a total en-
rollment of 2747 students and is located at 700 Seagate
Ave. in Neptune Beach, Florida. The principal is Mr.
Dane Gilbert.

Englewood High School has a total enrollment
of 2204 students and is located at 4412 Barnes Road in
Jacksonville, FL. The principal is Dr. Alvin Brennan.

Mandarin High School has a total enrollment
of 3065 students and is located at 4831 Greenland
Road in Jacksonville, FL. The principal is Dr. Crystal
Sisler.

Sandalwood High School has a total enroll-
ment of 3306 students and is located at 2750 John
Prom Blvd. in Jacksonville, FL. The principal is Ms. Vic-
toria Shultz.

Terry Parker High School has a total enroll-
ment of 2124 students and is located at 7301 Parker
Schools Road in Jacksonville, FL. The principal is Mr.
Scott Flowers.

Wolfson High School has a total enrollment of
2076 students and is located at 700 Powers Avenue in
Jacksonville, FL. The principal is Mr. Hammond Gracy. m


ral Fellowships


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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Faculty & Staff:


Institute Director
C. Chad Werch, PhD

Research Coordinators & Assistants
Hui Bian, PhD Data Coordinator
Michele Moore, PhD Project Coordinator
Alison Mendez, MS Project Coordinator
Andrea Hart, MPH, CHES Project Coordinator
Alan Alfaro, BS
Amber Barnes, BA
Justin Blanton, BA
Heather Boggess, BA
Steven Dolan, BA
Brian Hultgren, BS
Alvin Wong, MS, CHES

Communication Specialists
Melissa Wezniak, BA Communications Coordinator
Jennifer Hamilton, BA Communications Specialist
Zendra Mathis, BSH Communications Assistant
Steven Dolan, BA IT Specialist

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, Virtual Brands, LLC
Kelli Brown, PhD University of Florida
William Chen, PhD University of Florida
Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD University of Maryland
Virginia Dodd, PhD University of Florida
David Foxcroft, PhD Oxford Brookes University, UK
Candace Hodgkins, PhD Gateway Community Services, Inc.
I.C. Huang, PhD University of Florida
Erin Largo-Wright, PhD University of North Florida
Steven Matson, MD University of Florida
Michele Moore, PhD University of North Florida
Christine Neuenfeldt, PhD Gateway Community Services, Inc.
Steven Pokorny, PhD University of Florida
Barbara Rienzo, PhD University of Florida
Sadie Sanders, PhD University of Florida
Jiunn-Jye Sheu, PhD University of Florida
Christine Stopka, PhD University of Florida
Dennis Thombs, PhD University of Florida
Jill Varnes, PhD University of Florida
Alexander Wagenaar, PhD University of Florida
Fern Webb, PhD University of Florida
Robert Weiler, PhD University of Florida

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


New Location!


The AHB Research Institute has
a new home! We have recently
relocated to the beautiful Belfort
Building at 7800 Belfort Parkway,
Suite 270 in Jacksonville, FL.


Jacksonville is a major metro-


politan area with access to


urban,


suburban, and rural populations.


This location is critical to the
successful planning and imple-


mentation


of studies involving


broad range of populations located
within easily accessible settings,


including schools, health


hospitals,


clinics,


health departments,


businesses, and other institutions
and agencies.


For additional information, contact:
AHB Research Institute
7800 Belfort Parkway, Suite 270
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Ph: (904) 281-0726
http://www.hhp.ufl.edu/heb/Institute


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