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A wide variety of research is conducted in the Addiction Research and Treatment Laboratory (ART Lab), directed by Scott F. Coffey, PhD, and Julie A. Schumacher-Coffey, PhD. Although there is great variety, our research can be categorized within three broad overlapping themes. One theme consists of treatment research. Past research on treatment for addictions and mental health has involved treatment development projects following the Stage 1A/Stage IB model (e.g., Rounsaville, Carroll, & Onken, 2001). We, along with our colleagues, have participated in NIH-funded projects to develop affect regulation training therapy for alcohol dependent patients with a history of relapsing to negative affect, a group cognitive behavioral therapy treatment for PTSD, a motivational enhancement therapy for alcohol dependent men who engage in intimate partner violence, a web intervention for OIF/OEF Veterans at risk for mental health problems (funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs), a motivational enhancement therapy to improve CPAP compliance, and a motivational enhancement therapy to improve retention and engagement for alcohol dependent patients with PTSD being treated with prolonged exposure. A second theme consists of basic clinical research examining addiction comorbidity. The two primary comorbidities that have been examined in the ARTLab are addictions and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addictions and violence, particularly male perpetrated intimate partner violence (IPV). Our research broadly uses an experimental psychopathology approach but also includes traditional neuropsychological tests and psychophysiology (e.g., affect modulated startle, facial EMG,) to better understand psychological processes that may underlie PTSD, IPV, and other conditions, such as, borderline personality disorder. A third broad theme consists of dissemination research. This theme is best characterized by a current NIDA-funded project that examines an innovative approach to disseminating evidence-based treatment. The current project is focused on teaching psychology residents to disseminate Motivational Interviewing although the general approach used in this project could be used with any evidence-based psychological treatment. Not only do psychology residents learn how to disseminate Motivational Interviewing, by the end of their residency they are experts in the provision of Motivational Interviewing as assessed by a well-validated, objective measure of Motivational Interviewing treatment adherence and competence.
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