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CURRENT Projects

The HABITS Lab at UMBC is working on a variety of projects. Each project is at various stages of progress, anywhere from the planning stages through data analyses. Our current projects as well as previous lab projects are described in this section of the website. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the projects listed here.

To learn more about Dissertations and Theses by the members of the HABITS lab, please click here.

MDQuit Resource Center

The HABITS Lab at UMBC is the home of MDQuit, the Maryland Resource Center for Quitting Use & Initiation of Tobacco, aimed at linking professionals and providers to state tobacco initiatives, providing evidence-based, effective resources and tools to local programs, creating and supporting an extensive, collaborative network of tobacco prevention and cessation professionals, and to providing a forum for sharing best practices throughout the state of Maryland. To link to the MDQuit Resource Center, click here.

Community Transformation Grant: MDQuit is currently participating as an academic partner in a multi-agency cooperative Community Transformation Grant (CTG) awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a partnership formed between the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Institute for a Healthiest Maryland. MDQuit will support state-wide and community-level efforts to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes through policy, systems, and environmental changes. Ultimately, this project aims to improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending. MDQuit will work with Maryland communities to implement and sustain interventions geared towards tobacco-free living by: 1) Assisting in cessation and prevention support efforts specifically targeting smoke-free affordable/low-income multi-unit housing; 2) Assisting in cessation and prevention support efforts specifically targeting smoke/tobacco-free outdoor areas (e.g., college campuses, parks/beaches under state/local authority); 3) Using current and building new evidence-based strategies to reduce the exposure to tobacco smoke and tobacco use; 4) Providing evidence-based resources and delivering targeted training and technical assistance; and 5) Educating youth and adults about the dangers of cigar use.

center for Community Collaboration

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Psychology Department Center for Community Collaboration (CCC) was established in 2005 as a university-community partnership. The CCC is currently staffed by Director, Carlo DiClemente, Ph.D., Program Coordinator, Henry Gregory, Ph.D., Program Coordinator, Krystle F. Nickles, M.P.P., and four Graduate Assistants. The CCC is a university-community partnership whose mission is to provide capacity building services to direct care service agencies. Ultimately, the goal is to help agencies improve their services for individuals at risk or suffering from HIV/AIDS with multiple diagnoses related to substance use, mental illness, and other infectious diseases. Using a Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) framework, the CCC helps identify programs' Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) needs and provide relevant trainings to enhance their quality of care in these areas. For more information, please visit our website. For additional reading click here.

"No Wrong Door" Project: Currently, the CCC is partnering with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (DHMH) Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) and a number of collaborating agencies within the Baltimore area to expand efforts toward integrated screening, referral network development, and capacity building for mental health, substance use, sexual health, and infectious disase prevention and treatment. The No Wrong Door project aims to ensure that individuals who are at risk or suffering from a mental illness, substance use disorder and/or HIV/AIDS will be able to access and receive integrated treatment and care regardless of where they enter the public health system of care.

MD3- Maryland MDs Making a Difference

The HABITS Lab is currently working on a collaborative training grant with the University of Maryland, Baltimore aimed at developing a comprehensive and innovative residency training curriculum for Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment (SBIRT) of individuals who misuse, abuse or are dependent on substances including illegal drugs, prescription medications, alcohol, and tobacco.  In the early stages of this project, we are responsible for the development of training curricula and evaluation measures of the residents’ knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes concerning work with persons with addiction issues presenting for medical treatment.  The eventual goal of this project is to not only establish the curricula and training program as an integrated part of the various residency programs, but to also implement and disseminate this training system to other medical systems in the greater Baltimore area. Please visit the project website for additional information. 

Prevention Research Institute

Prevention Research Institute, Inc. (PRI) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce the incidence of alcohol- and drug-related problems throughout the world. To this end, PRI has developed several research-based, protocol-driven prevention and treatment programs based on the Lifestyle Risk Reduction model, the Transtheoretical Model, and persuasion theory. PRI’s signature program, PRIME For Life, has been used for universal, selected, and indicated prevention and has been widely adopted as an intervention for impaired driving offenders. Dr. Carlo DiClemente has been a consultant for PRI since 2009 and was instrumental in the development of PRIME Solutions, a substance abuse treatment program for use in a variety of settings. Graduate students in the HABITS lab are involved in the evaluation of PRIME Solutions, PRIME For Life, and other programs and initiatives developed by PRI.

Project ACTION

The HABITS Lab has been working on a research study called Project Action.  This project explores the personal mechanisms of change individuals use when modifying their drinking behavior.  Project Action is designed to increase the effectiveness of treatment of alcohol use disorders by creating and evaluating a personal process assessment battery.  This project was designed to find out how measures of personal process change variables relate to one another and how these variables relate to changes in drinking behavior over time in patients undergoing treatment for alcohol problems. Data collection is complete and analyses are ongoing.