A Mobile App Based Cognitive Dissonance Intervention for Smoking Cessation

Funding Agency: NIDA  Principal Investigators: Herb Severson, Ph.D., Dana K. Smith, Ph.D., Sonya Yokum, Ph.D.Read More

Funding Agency: NIDA  Principal Investigators: Herb Severson, Ph.D., Dana K. Smith, Ph.D., Sonya Yokum, Ph.D.

Cognitive dissonance interventions help smokers quit
Despite overall declines in the rate of tobacco use in the United States over the past 30 years, nearly 38 million Americans still smoke and are at high risk for long-term health problems and death.

Over the last 40 years, researchers have extensively evaluated a wide range of smoking cessation approaches, including cognitive-behavioral interventions, and have made meaningful progress in the application of both clinical and public health interventions to help smokers quit. However, the overall success rate of smokers quitting has not significantly improved.

Cognitive dissonance interventions (CDIs) are shown to be effective in treating health-related problems, as well as substance use, and preliminary findings support their use in smoking cessation. Because of this success, researchers will develop this CDI mobile app, test it, and develop additional features. Markers of success include participants’ smoke-free days, as well as changes in smoking attitudes and behavior.

A Mobile/Web-based Training Curriculum for Disseminating Best Practices for the Care of Newborns with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome

Funding Agency: NIDA  Principal Investigator: David R. Smith, Ph.D.Read More

Funding Agency: NIDA  Principal Investigator: David R. Smith, Ph.D.

eHealth Intervention for Post-Partum Depression in Healthcare Settings, Phase 1

Funding Agency: NIMH  Principal Investigators: Brian Danaher, Ph.D.,  David R. Smith, Ph.D.Read More

Funding Agency: NIMH  Principal Investigators: Brian Danaher, Ph.D.,  David R. Smith, Ph.D.

eHealth program helps new mothers battle depression
Women who experience depression immediately before and after birth, about 14 percent to 20 percent, face serious health consequences and suffering. Their families and their infants’ development are also negatively affected.

Unfortunately, barriers such as stigma and a lack of care providers and treatment options make it difficult for women with prenatal or postpartum depression (PPD) to access clinic-based mental health treatments. As a result, participation is low.

MomMoodBooster (MMB) addresses this challenge. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy and incorporating multimedia modeling and engaging activities, MMB is designed to help women identify patterns in their thoughts and behaviors and to develop a personal action plan to make helpful changes. A website is used by both project managers and supportive phone coaches to monitor participants’ overall progress. MMB serves as a commercial-ready product that fits the workflow and staffing of healthcare organizations.

Expanding the Click City: Tobacco Prevention Program to Inlude E-cigarettes and Other Novel Tobacco Products, (Phase 1, Phase 2)

Funding Agency: NIDA  Principal Investigators: Judy Andrews, Ph.D., David R. Smith, Ph.D., Judith Gordon, Ph.D., University of ArizonaRead More

Funding Agency: NIDA  Principal Investigators: Judy Andrews, Ph.D., David R. Smith, Ph.D., Judith Gordon, Ph.D., University of Arizona

Tobacco prevention program includes e-cigarettes
Unlike smoking, e-cigarette use is rising, even exceeding that of cigarette use, and youth are most at risk, experiencing a range of negative health effects and a risk of addiction. Because of these dangers, it’s crucial to incorporate e-cig use into tobacco prevention programs targeting youth. Click City®: Tobacco does just that.

Designed for students in the 5th grade, with a booster program for 6th graders, Click City®: Tobacco intervenes at a critical time before most youth experiment with using tobacco. Because the program is computer-based, it requires little teacher training time, allows students to work independently, provides teachers with time to work individually with other students, and encourages student engagement through interactive activities and games.

The updated program is available on a variety of devices, making it flexible for teachers and administrators, and most activities include e-cig use. Widespread implementation could have a significant impact on the public’s health, decreasing the use of nicotine products and related disease.

Mindfulness Mobile app to Reduce Adolescent Substance Use, (Phase 1, Phase 2)

Funding Agency: NIDA  Principal Investigators: Dana Smith, Ph.D.Read More

Funding Agency: NIDA  Principal Investigators: Dana Smith, Ph.D.

Qlarity – Unique mindfulness app reduces adolescent substance use
Adolescents in the juvenile justice system demonstrate high rates of tobacco, alcohol and other drug use at rates up to three times higher than other youth. Substance abusing youth are also at higher risk than nonusers for mental health problems, including depression, conduct problems, personality disorders, suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide and completed suicide.

Interventions based on mindfulness are an effective intervention for a variety of problems, including substance use among adolescents. Qlarity, a 12-module program, is the only mindfulness-based mobile app specifically targeting the reduction or cessation of adolescent substance use

Qlarity can be used both as a complement to existing treatments and for use in the juvenile justice system. The research and development team has extensive experience in working with adolescents who engage in substance abuse.

Multi-Media Parent-based Intervention to Promote Dental Hygiene Among Young Children: BeReady2Smile (Phase 1, Phase 2)

Funding Agency: NIDCR  Principal Investigators: David R. Smith, Ph.D., Ed Feil, Ph.D.Read More

Funding Agency: NIDCR  Principal Investigators: David R. Smith, Ph.D., Ed Feil, Ph.D.

App helps parents provide the foundation for a lifetime of good dental hygiene
Despite early childhood oral health, preventive education and dental care, which enhance the opportunity for a lifetime free from preventable oral disease, approximately one in three 2- to 5-year-old children in the United States experiences tooth decay.

Parents struggle to adopt preventive strategies at the same time that challenging behaviors emerge in children’s psychological development. This combination can make it difficult to build the foundation of oral health practices, including behavioral parenting strategies, that experts recommend.

BeReady2Smile is a private/public collaboration between Influents Innovations, Oregon Research Institute and The Oregon Community Foundation that leverages resources to create a coordinated oral health prevention program to promote dental health targeted to parents of young children attending parenting education classes and families receiving home visiting services through Head Start.

The program includes a video that can be shown in parenting education classes to educate parents on oral health and a mobile/web application to drive behavioral change. It also features demonstrations and content on encouraging brushing, proper brushing techniques, fluoride myths and limiting sugar sweetened beverages and milk in baby bottles while in bed. Parents can participate in multimedia educational activities, develop dental health behavior plans, tailor features and receive feedback from the system on a secure website.

Responsive eHealth Intervention for Perinatal Depression in Healthcare Settings, Phase 2

Funding Agency: NIMH  Principal Investigators: Brian Danaher, Ph.D., John Seeley, Ph.D., David R. Smith, Ph.D., Richard Silver, M.D., NorthShore Health SystemRead More

Funding Agency: NIMH  Principal Investigators: Brian Danaher, Ph.D., John Seeley, Ph.D., David R. Smith, Ph.D., Richard Silver, M.D., NorthShore Health System

eHealth program helps new mothers battle depression
Women who experience depression immediately before and after birth, about 14 percent to 20 percent, face serious health consequences and suffering. Their families and their infants’ development are also negatively affected.

Unfortunately, barriers such as stigma and a lack of care providers and treatment options make it difficult for women with prenatal or postpartum depression (PPD) to access clinic-based mental health treatments. As a result, participation is low.

MomMoodBooster (MMB) addresses this challenge. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy and incorporating multimedia modeling and engaging activities, MMB is designed to help women identify patterns in their thoughts and behaviors and to develop a personal action plan to make helpful changes. A website is used by both project managers and supportive phone coaches to monitor participants’ overall progress. MMB serves as a commercial-ready product that fits the workflow and staffing of healthcare organizations.

STEM Familia Talk: A bilingual language acquisition smart speaker app to improve academic vocabulary, engagement and long term education and health outcomes for Latino students and their families.

Funding Agency: NIMHD  Principal Investigators: Jesse Marquez, Patricia Vadasy, Ph.D.Read More

Funding Agency: NIMHD  Principal Investigators: Jesse Marquez, Patricia Vadasy, Ph.D.

Bilingual voice app improves education and health of Latino students and their families
The STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – proficiency of Latino elementary students prepares them for success in secondary- and college-level STEM content courses and in STEM fields after graduation. But although STEM fields account for most U.S. economic growth, Latino students are less likely to enroll or complete degrees in undergraduate and graduate STEM programs.

Talk STEM Familia promotes Latino students’ proficiency of the STEM vocabulary by using a smart-speaker-based approach to acquiring and practicing these words by upper elementary students and their families.

This Spanish-English app for more widely used smart-speakers provides a school-to-home bridge that enables families’ engagement in their child’s academic language acquisition. Smart-speaker technology can be used to deploy rich audio learning strategies, including bilingual instruction in definitions of target words and their pronunciations, on-demand audio games that stimulate vocabulary recognition, pronunciation, usage practice and recall, and brief audio dialogues that model the use and prompt practice of target words in culturally appropriate family and STEM contexts. Talk STEM Familia leverages limited classroom instructional time by enabling content-area and ELD teachers to provide synchronous practice opportunities and feedback on learning.

STEM Familia: A language acquisition mobile app to improve long-term educational and health outcomes among Latino families

Funding Agency: NIMHD  Principal Investigators: Jesse Marquez, Patricia Vadasy, Ph.D.Read More

Funding Agency: NIMHD  Principal Investigators: Jesse Marquez, Patricia Vadasy, Ph.D.

Language app improves long-term educational and health outcomes among Latino families
Although STEM fields account for most U.S. economic growth, Latino students are not likely to enroll or complete degrees in undergraduate and graduate STEM programs. Given well-established research linking grade completion, economic success and overall health and well-being, this trend could result in serious, negative, long-term physical and mental health outcomes for Latinos.

Access to higher education generally, and STEM programs in particular, is hindered by lagging academic literacy and especially by unfamiliarity with abstract words that make up the scientific academic vocabulary. Words such as conclusion, evidence, method, integrate, relevant, distinct and component are fundamental to STEM content-area learning, but are uncommon in everyday conversation, particularly in homes where English is not the first language.

To promote Latino students’ scientific vocabulary, STEM Familia, a Spanish-English app, enables schools to overcome language and access barriers that impede families’ engagement in academic support. This technology can be used to deploy rich media strategies, including motion-graphic illustration and definition of target words, touch-screen games that stimulate vocabulary recognition and recall, and brief video vignettes that model the use of target words in culturally appropriate family contexts.

STEM Familia helps schools to leverage classroom instructional time by enabling teachers to provide synchronous practice opportunities and feedback on vocabulary.

Teacher Education: Promoting Reading Readiness (TEPRR)

Funding Agency: NICHD  Principal Investigators: Barbara Gunn, Ph.D, Jesse MarquezRead More

Funding Agency: NICHD  Principal Investigators: Barbara Gunn, Ph.D, Jesse Marquez

Technology-based Training Tool for an Empirically- Supported Group-Based HIV and STI Prevention Intervention for Juvenile Offenders

Funding Agency: NIMHD  Principal Investigators: David R. Smith, Ph.D., Ed Feil, Ph.D.Read More

Funding Agency: NIMHD  Principal Investigators: David R. Smith, Ph.D., Ed Feil, Ph.D.

Digital training tool offers HIV/STI intervention for juvenile offenders
Youth under 18 involved in the criminal justice system are disproportionately minorities and are affected by substance abuse, mental illness and HIV/STI. Most are released on community supervision without the screening, diagnosis and treatment they need, and lasting effects on community well-being and individual employment prospects are profound.

Preventing HIV Among Teens (PHAT) Life aims to alter this trajectory. The evidence-based program is a private/public collaboration between Influents Innovations and the University of Illinois at Chicago. It strives to provide sustainable, real-world change that cost-effectively meets youth’s health problems within juvenile justice settings.

PHAT Life training includes a web browser and mobile app training tool to enable para-professionals such as health educators, probation staff and youth care staff to deliver the program to youth on probation, identify additional training materials, and provide consistent training experiences to para-professionals.