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Elevated risk of substance use disorder and suicidal ideation among Black and Hispanic lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults.

Lourah M Kelly, Benjamin F Shepherd, Sara J Becker,

<h4>Objective</h4>Black and Hispanic persons who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) experience health disparities relative to non-Hispanic White and heterosexual groups respectively, including higher rates of suicidal ideation (SI) and substance use disorder (SUD). To elucidate intersectional risk, we used a large national sample to examine rates of SI, ... Read more >>

Drug Alcohol Depend (Drug and alcohol dependence)
[2021, 226:108848]

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What parents of adolescents in residential substance use treatment want from continuing care: A content analysis of online forum posts.

Sarah A Helseth, Kelli Scott, Katherine I Escobar, Frances Jimenez, Sara J Becker,

<h4>Background</h4>Parents of adolescents in residential substance use (SU) treatment face a myriad of barriers to continuing care services. Growing research suggests that mobile health (mHealth) technologies can overcome common barriers to continuing care services, yet no work has addressed parents' needs. To gain insight into parents' continuing care needs, we ... Read more >>

Subst Abus (Substance abuse)
[2021, :1-10]

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You have an effective brief intervention (BI) for young adults, now what? Concrete strategies to advance BI implementation in usual care settings.

Sara J Becker, Kelli Scott, A Rani Elwy,

<b><i>Objective:</i></b> Risky drinking remains high among young adults and is associated with negative health-related consequences. Brief interventions (BIs) are an evidence-based practice for risky drinking that are particularly well suited for young adults. However, the widespread implementation of BIs remains challenging. This article highlights guiding principles for researchers and clinicians ... Read more >>

Psychol Addict Behav (Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors)
[2021, :]

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Implementation support for contingency management: preferences of opioid treatment program leaders and staff.

Kelli Scott, Shelly Jarman, Samantha Moul, Cara M Murphy, Kimberly Yap, Bryan R Garner, Sara J Becker,

<h4>Background</h4>Contingency management (CM), a behavioral intervention that provides incentives for achieving treatment goals, is an evidence-based adjunct to medication to treat opioid use disorder. Unfortunately, many front-line treatment providers do not utilize CM, likely due to contextual barriers that limit effective training and ongoing support for evidence-based practices. This study ... Read more >>

Implement Sci Commun (Implementation science communications)
[2021, 2(1):47]

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Effectiveness of medication for opioid use disorders in transition-age youth: A systematic review.

Sara J Becker, Kelli Scott, Sarah A Helseth, Kristin J Danko, Ethan M Balk, Ian J Saldanha, Gaelen P Adam, Dale W Steele,

<h4>Background</h4>Sequalae of opioid misuse constitute a public health emergency in the United States. A robust evidence base informs the use of medication for opioid use disorders (MOUD) in adults, with far less research in transition-age youth. This systematic review evaluates the effectiveness of MOUD for transition-age youth (age 16 to ... Read more >>

J Subst Abuse Treat (Journal of substance abuse treatment)
[2021, 132:108494]

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Family involvement in treatment and recovery for substance use disorders among transition-age youth: Research bedrocks and opportunities.

Aaron Hogue, Sara J Becker, Kevin Wenzel, Craig E Henderson, Molly Bobek, Sharon Levy, Marc Fishman,

This article presents a narrative review and conceptual framework for research on family involvement across the continuum of substance use disorder (SUD) services for transition-age youth (ages 15-26). Though families are powerful resources for enhancing treatment and recovery success among youth with SUDs, they are not routinely included in clinical ... Read more >>

J Subst Abuse Treat (Journal of substance abuse treatment)
[2021, 129:108402]

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Parent SMART (Substance Misuse in Adolescents in Residential Treatment): Pilot randomized trial of a technology-assisted parenting intervention.

Sara J Becker, Sarah A Helseth, Tim Janssen, Lourah M Kelly, Katherine I Escobar, Timothy Souza, Thomas Wright, Anthony Spirito,

Adolescents in residential level of care for substance-related problems have high risk of relapse following discharge. Parent engagement lowers relapse risk, but there are myriad barriers to engaging parents in residential treatment and continuing care. Parent SMART (Substance Misuse in Adolescents in Residential Treatment) is a technology-assisted parenting intervention that ... Read more >>

J Subst Abuse Treat (Journal of substance abuse treatment)
[2021, 127:108457]

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Advancing a cascading train-the-trainer model of frontline HIV service providers in South Africa: protocol of an implementation trial.

Caroline C Kuo, Goodman Sibeko, Morayo Akande, Shaheema Allie, Nurain Tisaker, Dan J Stein, Sara J Becker,

<h4>Background</h4>South Africa is marked by high rates of both HIV and alcohol use, and there is a detrimental synergistic relationship between these two epidemics. The Institute of Medicine recommends integrated care for alcohol use treatment and HIV, but implementation of integrated services remains a challenge in South Africa. This protocol ... Read more >>

Addict Sci Clin Pract (Addiction science & clinical practice)
[2021, 16(1):27]

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Conceptual framework for telehealth strategies to increase family involvement in treatment and recovery for youth opioid use disorder.

Aaron Hogue, Molly Bobek, Sharon Levy, Craig E Henderson, Marc Fishman, Sara J Becker, Sarah Dauber, Nicole Porter, Kevin Wenzel,

With opioid use at crisis levels, it is imperative to support youth ages with opioid use disorders (OUD) in taking medication and accessing behavioral services over long periods. This article presents a conceptual framework for telehealth strategies that can be adopted to increase family involvement across a four-stage continuum of ... Read more >>

J Marital Fam Ther (Journal of marital and family therapy)
[2021, 47(2):501-514]

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Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare access among patients receiving medication for opioid use disorder.

Brendan P Jacka, Tim Janssen, Bryan R Garner, Julia Yermash, Kimberly R Yap, Elizabeth L Ball, Bryan Hartzler, Sara J Becker,

<h4>Background</h4>The COVID-19 pandemic significantly altered treatment delivery for opioid treatment programs (OTPs) dispensing medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). We aimed to identify patterns of substance use among MOUD patients and examine whether COVID-19-related impacts on access to healthcare varied across subgroups.<h4>Methods</h4>This analysis was embedded within a type 3 hybrid ... Read more >>

Drug Alcohol Depend (Drug and alcohol dependence)
[2021, 221:108617]

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Adolescent Behavioral Health Problems are Associated with Parent Perceptions of Evidence-Based Therapy and Preferences when Seeking Therapeutic Support.

Margaret E Crane, Sarah A Helseth, Kelli Scott, Sara J Becker,

Informational materials from psychological associations often encourage parents to seek out "evidence-based therapies" (EBTs) to address their child's behavioral health concerns. This study examined whether parents concerned about their adolescents' substance use had distinct preferences for EBT principles and marketing language based on their adolescent's specific behavioral health problems. Parents ... Read more >>

Prof Psychol Res Pr (Professional psychology, research and practice)
[2021, 52(2):130-136]

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Proceedings of the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) 2020 Virtual Conference: Part 1.

Sara J Becker,

Addict Sci Clin Pract (Addiction science & clinical practice)
[2020, 15(Suppl 1):34]

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Screening Adolescent Trauma Patients for Substance Use at 10 Pediatric Trauma Centers.

Michael J Mello, Sara J Becker, Anthony Spirito, Julie R Bromberg, Hale Wills, Amanda Barczyk, Lois Lee, Charles Pruitt, Beth E Ebel, Mark R Zonfrillo, Evelyn Nimaja, Kelli Scott, Andrew Kiragu, Isam W Nasr, Jeremy T Aidlen, R Todd Maxson, Janette Baird,

<h4>Background</h4>The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma recommends universal alcohol screening be part of the evaluation of admitted trauma patients. Yet, suboptimal screening rates have been reported for admitted adult and adolescent trauma patients. This lack of screening, in turn, has limited the ability of trauma services to provide ... Read more >>

J Trauma Nurs (Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses)
[2020, 27(6):313-318]

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User-informed marketing versus standard description to drive demand for evidence-based therapy: A randomized controlled trial.

Sara J Becker, Sarah A Helseth, Tonya L Tavares, Daniel D Squires, Melissa A Clark, Valarie A Zeithaml, Anthony Spirito,

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing represents a vital strategy to disseminate evidence-based therapies (EBTs). This 3-phase research program, informed by the marketing mix, developed and evaluated user-informed DTC materials for parents concerned about adolescent substance use (SU). Phases 1 and 2 consisted of qualitative interviews (n = 29 parents) and a quantitative ... Read more >>

Am Psychol (The American psychologist)
[2020, 75(8):1038-1051]

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Youth OUD treatment during and after COVID: Increasing family involvement across the services continuum.

Aaron Hogue, Sara J Becker, Marc Fishman, Craig E Henderson, Sharon Levy,

Telehealth innovations in substance use treatment necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic present a generational opportunity to increase family involvement in medication for opioid use disorders (MOUD) among youth. This commentary describes a conceptual framework for engaging and retaining youth and families across four stages of MOUD services: Preparation, Initiation, Stabilization, ... Read more >>

J Subst Abuse Treat (Journal of substance abuse treatment)
[2021, 120:108159]

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Is necessity also the mother of implementation? COVID-19 and the implementation of evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorders.

Sara J Becker, Bryan R Garner, Bryan J Hartzler,

Opioid-related overdoses and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) represent two of the deadliest crises in United States' history and together constitute a syndemic. The intersecting risks of this syndemic underscore the urgent need to implement effective opioid use disorder (OUD) treatments that are sustainable amid COVID-19 mitigation strategies. In response ... Read more >>

J Subst Abuse Treat (Journal of substance abuse treatment)
[2021, 122:108210]

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Brief Behavioral Interventions for Substance Use in Adolescents: A Meta-analysis.

Dale W Steele, Sara J Becker, Kristin J Danko, Ethan M Balk, Gaelen P Adam, Ian J Saldanha, Thomas A Trikalinos,

<h4>Context</h4>Adolescents with problematic substance use (SU) are at risk for far-reaching adverse outcomes.<h4>Objective</h4>Synthesize the evidence regarding the effects of brief behavioral interventions for adolescents (12-20 years) with problematic SU.<h4>Data sources</h4>We conducted literature searches in Medline, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Embase, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health ... Read more >>

Pediatrics (Pediatrics)
[2020, 146(4):]

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Comorbid chronic pain and opioid misuse in youth: Knowns, unknowns, and implications for behavioral treatment.

Melissa Pielech, Claire E Lunde, Sara J Becker, Kevin E Vowles, Christine B Sieberg,

Chronic pain and opioid misuse occur in pediatric populations and can be associated with a range of negative adverse outcomes that may persist into adulthood. While the association between chronic pain, opioid prescribing, and opioid-related adverse consequences is reasonably well established in adults, the relation in pediatric patients is not ... Read more >>

Am Psychol (The American psychologist)
[2020, 75(6):811-824]

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Predictors and moderators of response to brief interventions among adolescents with risky alcohol and marijuana use.

Sara J Becker, Kristine Marceau, Sarah A Helseth, Lynn Hernandez, Anthony Spirito,

Background: Brief interventions have shown promise in reducing adolescent alcohol and marijuana use. This manuscript presents a secondary analysis of a randomized trial that compared a brief parent motivational intervention (Family Check Up; FCU) to brief psychoeducation (PE) condition and found no effect of treatment condition on either binge drinking ... Read more >>

Subst Abus (Substance abuse)
[2020, :1-9]

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Training the Addiction Treatment Workforce in HIV Endemic Regions: An Overview of the South Africa HIV Addiction Technology Transfer Center Initiative.

Kelli Scott, Goodman Sibeko, Beverley Cummings, Bronwyn Myers, Katherine Sorsdahl, Dan J Stein, Caroline Kuo, Sara J Becker,

The South Africa HIV Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) was formed in 2017 to train health professionals and nonprofessional lay workers in evidence-based addiction interventions as a strategy for addressing the country's HIV epidemic. This article describes the Year 1 activities of the South Africa HIV ATTC including an initial ... Read more >>

Train Educ Prof Psychol (Training and education in professional psychology)
[2020, 14(1):78-85]

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Marketing therapy to parents concerned about adolescent substance use: Association of adolescent problems and parent preferences for direct-to-consumer marketing.

Sarah A Helseth, Katherine I Escobar, Melissa A Clark, Anthony Spirito, Sara J Becker,

Parent-directed marketing strategies have great potential to promote the utilization of therapy by adolescents with or at risk of substance-related problems. The extent to which marketing strategies should be tailored to parents of adolescents with various presenting problems - such as substance use, mental health, and legal involvement - is ... Read more >>

Prof Psychol Res Pr (Professional psychology, research and practice)
[2020, 51(1):68-76]

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Evaluating approaches to marketing cognitive behavioral therapy: does evidence matter to consumers?

Casey A Schofield, Gabriella T Ponzini, Sara J Becker,

Direct-to-consumer marketing initiatives may improve utilization of evidence-based therapy.  An important decision in such marketing efforts is how to effectively present scientific evidence supporting these treatments to potential consumers (if at all). This OSF preregistered study experimentally tested whether the language used to describe research evidence supporting cognitive behavioral therapy ... Read more >>

Cogn Behav Ther (Cognitive behaviour therapy)
[2020, 49(4):257-269]

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Are Conditioned Open Placebos Feasible as an Adjunctive Treatment to Opioids? Results from a Single-Group Dose-Extender Pilot Study with Acute Pain Patients.

Michael H Bernstein, Molly Magill, Arnold-Peter Weiss, Ted J Kaptchuk, Charlotte Blease, Irving Kirsch, Josiah D Rich, Sara J Becker, Steven Mach, Francesca L Beaudoin,

Psychother Psychosom (Psychotherapy and psychosomatics)
[2019, 88(6):380-382]

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Understanding of evidence-based mental health care and the perceived importance of scientific information in a sample of U.S. adults.

Vanesa A Mora Ringle, Lucia M Walsh, Colleen A Maxwell, Ashley M Smith, Rebecca A Grossman, Sara J Becker, Amanda Jensen-Doss,

<h4>Objectives</h4>This online survey sought to qualitatively ascertain the extent to which a sample of U.S. adults understood the concept of evidence-based mental health care (EBMHC). Additional goals included assessing the perceived importance of scientific information in EBMHC, and examining whether understanding EBMHC and science values varied as a function of ... Read more >>

J Clin Psychol (Journal of clinical psychology)
[2020, 76(1):161-175]

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Is it Selection or Socialization? Disentangling Peer Influences on Heavy Drinking and Marijuana Use Among Adolescents Whose Parents Received Brief Interventions.

Sara J Becker, Kristine Marceau, Lynn Hernandez, Anthony Spirito,

This study attempted to disentangle the effects of peer selection and socialization on heavy drinking and marijuana use among adolescents whose parents received 2 distinct brief interventions (BIs). It also examined whether the two BI models-Family Check-Up and Psychoeducation-had differential effects on peer processes. Parents were randomized to BI conditions ... Read more >>

Subst Abuse (Substance abuse : research and treatment)
[2019, 13:1178221819852644]

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