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Faculty Projects

University of Houston Drug Abuse Research Development Program II
University of Houston Drug Abuse Research Development Program II (UHDARDP II)
Technology Enhanced Intervention Design for Young Women with Prescription Opioid Misuse Disorder
University of Houston Drug Abuse Research Development Program II (UHDARDP II)
Implementation of the getR.E.A.L. Allegheny Project
Homeless Youth Point-in-Time Count & Survey in Houston/Harris County
University of Houston Child Welfare Education Project
Comparing Efficacy of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy and In Vivo Exposure Therapy in Reducing Adolescent Social Anxiety
A Problem Solving Tools Home Visit Intervention for Postpartum Depression
Parenting in the context of deportation risk: An exploratory study of parenting stress and mental health in Latino immigrants and their children
Effectiveness of Recovery High Schools as Continuing Care-Houston Site
Hype 2.0, Helping Youth Prevent Engaging in Risky Behaviors
SMART Cougars: Substance Use, Mental Health, and HIV/AIDS Risk Assessment and Testing
Young Adults Accessing Psychiatric Emergency Services: Exploring Help-Seeking Patterns and Preferences for Treatment
Parenting in the Context of Parental Deportation: An Exploratory Study of Latino Families in Texas
Parents and Children Together (PACT), Hispanic/Latino Fatherhood Program Study
CHOICES-TEEN: A Bundled Risk Reduction Intervention for Juvenile Justice Females
University of Houston Drug Abuse Research Development Program
Prevention of Postpartum Depression: Development of a Home Visiting Intervention for Low-Income, Culturally Diverse Expectant Mothers
University of Houston Drug Abuse Research Development Program
Exploring the role of context in alcohol craving
GLOBE: Training Mental and Behavioral Health Bilingual Social Workers
Utilization of virtual reality technology for treating social anxiety disorder in adolescents: A feasibility study
End-of-Life Treatment Preferences of Latino Medicare Beneficiaries with Cancer
CHOICES+: Preconception approach to reducing alcohol and tobacco-exposed pregnancy

07/15 - 03/20
National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse
University of Houston Drug Abuse Research Development Program II (UHDARDP II) - R24 DA019798-06
This grant aims to improve the infrastructure and capacity of NIH and drug abuse research for underrepresented and diverse faculty, staff and students at the University of Houston.
Role: PI, Luis Torres, Ph.D.

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07/15 – 03/20 07/14 - 08/19
National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
University of Houston Drug Abuse Research Development Program II (UHDARDP II) - R24 DA019798
Virtual Reality and Heroin Craving
This study, utilizing an RCT design,  compares virtual reality based cue-exposure therapy (VRCET) to drug relapse prevention education (DRPE) to decrease substance craving and substance use in a sample of male and female heroin using adults (N = 100).  This study also investigates if Medication Assisted Therapies such as methadone and suboxone attenuate craving and physiological reactivity to heroin cues in a subsample of former male and female heroin users. 
Role: PI, Luis Torres, Ph.D., Co-PI, Micki Washburn, Ph.D.

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2/1/18 – 8/31/19
University of Houston, Division of Research, New Faculty Grant
Technology Enhanced Intervention Design for Young Women with Prescription Opioid Misuse Disorder
This study explores sociocultural determinates of substance use, treatment needs, and treatment preferences of a culturally diverse sample of young females with a history prescription opioid misuse, to inform the development of a technology enhanced intervention for prescription opioid use disorder.
Role: PI, Micki Washburn, Ph.D.

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4/1/18 - 3/30/19
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA);
University of Houston Drug Abuse Research Development Program II (UHDARDP II)  - R24 DA019798
(Small Pilot Grant), University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
Cultural Conceptualizations of Sexual Orientation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse: A Comparison of Latinx in Mexico and the United States
Pilot funding was provided to compare how sexual orientation influences conceptualizations of substance misuse, mental health and mental wellness in two matched samples of Latinx individuals in the U.S. and in Mexico.
Role: PI, Micki Washburn, Ph.D.

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7/1/16 – 6/30/19
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Implementation of the getR.E.A.L. Allegheny Project
This project focuses on the evaluation of the enactment of system wide changes to improve outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth and their families who are involved in public child welfare systems, through the implementation of affirming policies and practice models.
Role: PI, Alan Dettlaff, Ph.D., PI, Micki Washburn, Ph.D.

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06/14 - 05/15
Greater Houston Community Foundation, Greater Houston Fund to End Homelessness
Homeless Youth Point-in-Time Count & Survey in Houston/Harris County
The proposed pilot study will improve methodology for the homeless youth count and survey by expanding the definition of youth homelessness to include unstably housed and will include both a sheltered and unsheltered count.
Role: PI(s), Yoonsook Ha, Ph.D. and Sarah Narendorf, Ph.D.

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06/14 - 05/15
Texas Department of Family & Protective Services and DHHS
University of Houston Child Welfare Education Project
The objective of this project is to enhance the educational experience, staff assistance to give focused advising and field internship support, and employment in Children's Protective Services (CPS) after graduation. The Child Welfare Education Project prepares master's level social work students for the challenging and rewarding work found in children's protective services. The Project provides financial assistance for tuition, books and some miscellaneous costs of the Master of Social Work degree.
Role: PI, Monit Cheung, Ph.D.

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06/15/14 - 06/15/15
University of Houston, Division of Research, GEAR Grant
Comparing Efficacy of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy and In Vivo Exposure Therapy in Reducing Adolescent Social Anxiety.
The goal of this study is to gather pilot data that explores the comparative efficacy of in vivo and virtual reality exposure therapy for youth with social anxiety disorder. This data will be used to support a larger federal grant application to test the efficacy of Virtual Reality Exposure/CBT treatment with socially anxious youth.
Role: PI, Danielle Parish, Ph.D.

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06/01/14 - 06/30/15
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
A Problem Solving Tools Home Visit Intervention for Postpartum Depression.
This grant is awarded to tenure earning assistant professor faculty in the State of Texas.  The intervention is administered with several sessions to women in their home.  The data will produce enough pilot data for a larger NIH application submission.
Role: PI, McClain Sampson, Ph.D.

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06/01/14 - 06/30/15
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Parenting in the context of deportation risk: An exploratory study of parenting stress and mental health in Latino immigrants and their children.
This grant is awarded to tenure earning assistant professor faculty in the State of Texas.  The study will examine the mental health of immigrant family members at risk for deportation in Houston and Austin, TX.  The data will produce enough pilot data for a larger NIH application submission.
Role: PI, Jodi Berger Cardoso, Ph.D.

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01/01/14 - 07/30/16
National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Drug Abuse
Effectiveness of Recovery High Schools as Continuing Care-Houston Site
Houston will serve an additional site for this recovery high school study.  Parents and students will be interviewed regarding substance use and difference among recovery and regular high schools. Students will be recruited from substance abuse treatment facilities and schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Texas and will be followed for twelve months. To assess behavioral outcomes for recovery high school students compared to similar recovering students who attend traditional high schools.  The study will also assess academic outcomes for recovery school students compared to similar recovering students who attend traditional high schools.
Role: Subcontract PI and Co-Investigator Luis Torres, Ph.D., Finch (PI), Vanderbilt University, Winters (PI) University of Minnesota Medical School

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09/01/13 - 08/30/15
Administration of Children and Families/DHHS
Hype 2.0, Helping Youth Prevent Engaging in Risky Behaviors
An evaluation study being conducted at Change Happens, a local Houston agency. The evaluation will examine a program that specializes in the educational empowerment of African American teens aged 15-19. HYPE 2.0 informs, engages, and encourages participants on both abstinence practices and contraception measures. Addressing these two pivotal subject areas of sexual health will prevent teen pregnancy and significantly reduce the rate of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV/AIDS.
Role:  PI, Sheara Williams Jennings, Ph.D., Evaluator

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09/01/13 - 08/30/15
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention/DHHS
SMART Cougars: Substance Use, Mental Health, and HIV/AIDS Risk Assessment and Testing - 1H79 SP020184-01
University of Houston (Hispanic Serving Institution) and Houston Area Community Services, Inc. (a Minority CBO) will prevent and reduce substance abuse and transmission of HIV/AIDS among Hispanic/Latino and African American college students ages 18-24 at the University of Houston, as well as in minority young adults from the communities surrounding the university.
Role:  PI, Luis Torres, Ph.D., Evaluator, Patrick Bordnick, Ph.D.

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06/01/13 - 06/30/14
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Young Adults Accessing Psychiatric Emergency Services: Exploring Help-Seeking Patterns and Preferences for Treatment.
This grant is awarded to tenure earning assistant professor faculty in the State of Texas.  The proposed study will gather data on help seeking patterns from 40 young adults who have accessed psychiatric emergency services through the neuropsychiatric center in Harris County, Texas in order to identify leverage points for earlier intervention.  The data will produce enough pilot data for a larger NIH application submission.
Role: PI, Sarah Narendorf, Ph.D.

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1/2013 - 8/2013
University of Houston, Division of Research, New Faculty Grant
Parenting in the Context of Parental Deportation: An Exploratory Study of Latino Families in Texas
This exploratory study will examine the how Latino families with young children use familial and social networks to create formal and informal custody arrangements in the event of parental deportation. In-depth interviews with unauthorized Latino parents of young children will be conducted in Houston and Austin.
Role: PI, Jodi Berger Cardoso, Ph.D.

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2013 - 2014
Mathematical Policy Research/DHHS
Parents and Children Together (PACT), Hispanic/Latino Fatherhood Program Study
ACF awarded a contract in 2011 to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. to conduct the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation. The evaluation has multiple components: separate impact and process studies for responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage programs and two sub-studies.
Role:  PI, Luis Torres, Ph.D., Evaluator

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07/15/12 - 06/30/14
National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Drug Abuse
CHOICES-TEEN: A Bundled Risk Reduction Intervention for Juvenile Justice Females - R03 DA034099
The long-term goal of the proposed line of research is to develop and test bundled (targeting more than one behavior) interventions to reduce HIV transmission and the risk of pregnancies exposed to nicotine and alcohol among females in the juvenile justice system.  The overall objective of this study is to assess the feasibility and promise of an adapted CHOICES preconception intervention (CHOICES-TEEN) in reducing the risk of HIV, nicotine-exposed pregnancy, and alcohol-exposed pregnancy in adolescent females on intensive community probation.
Role: PI, Danielle Parish, Ph.D.

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03/01/12 - 02/28/13
National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA);
University of Houston Drug Abuse Research Development Program - R24 DA019798
(Small Pilot Grant), University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
Development of an Intervention for Postpartum Depression Among Impoverished Mothers.
Small pilot funding was provided to expand the use of an intervention to mothers suffering from postpartum depression.
Role: PI, McClain Sampson, Ph.D.

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03/01/12 - 02/28/13
University of Houston New Faculty Grant.
Prevention of Postpartum Depression: Development of a Home Visiting Intervention for Low-Income, Culturally Diverse Expectant Mothers
This grant provides funding for a feasibility study and collecting pilot data.  The study examines the use of a home delivered intervention with sessions administered by a local behavioral health agency.
Role: PI, McClain Sampson, Ph.D.

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09/01/12 - 09/30/15
Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)/DHHS
GLOBE: Training Mental and Behavioral Health Bilingual Social Workers - M01 HP25198
This grant provides training and stipend support to bilingual clinical social work students for their field-site placement in a high need high demand intergraded behavioral health agency. The majority of field placement settings in the MSW program are in medically underserved areas and service clients with high needs. An increasingly culturally diverse population taken with the growing number of uninsured requires a mental and behavioral health workforce that is bilingual, culturally responsive and capable of working within interdisciplinary settings.
Role: PI, McClain Sampson, Ph.D.

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01/01/10 - 10/31/11
University of Houston, Division of Research, University of Houston New Faculty Research Grant
Utilization of virtual reality technology for treating social anxiety disorder in adolescents: A feasibility study.
The goal of this pilot study was to assess the effectiveness of VR in eliciting higher levels of both self-reported and physiological anxiety in response to virtual environments that included a both performance and social scenes among socially anxious youth.
Role: PI, Danielle Parish, Ph.D.

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2010 - 2015
National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute
End-of-Life Treatment Preferences of Latino Medicare Beneficiaries with Cancer - K01 CA151785
The overall goal of the NCI K01 career development plan is to provide the candidate with a program of mentored research activity and study in the areas of palliative cancer care, health disparities and outcomes research to launch an independent research career with specialization in the integration of these research areas.
Role: PI, Isabel Torres, Ph.D.

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09/01/08 - 08/31/12
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CHOICES+: Preconception approach to reducing alcohol and tobacco-exposed pregnancy. U84 DD000438
This randomized controlled study, Project CHOICES+, will determine the efficacy of the Project CHOICES intervention plus a referral to an evidence-based smoking cessation program in reducing the risk of alcohol and tobacco exposed pregnancies.  Results from this study will inform and advance future efforts in the service of promoting healthy prenatal behavior and reducing the prevalence of alcohol and tobacco-exposed pregnancies.
Role: Subcontract PI and Co-Investigator Danielle Parish, Ph.D., Velasquez (PI), University of Texas Austin

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