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SDSU Center for Alcohol & Drug Studies




Welcome to the Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies and Services


The Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies and Services is a project ofSan Diego State University  San Diego State University School of Social Work. Originally named the Center on Substance Abuse, the Center was established in 1987 by Dr. Anita S. Harbert to address alcohol and other drug-related problems at San Diego State University and in the larger community.

The Center specializes in research and evaluation design with an emphasis on socio-behavioral research and applied evaluation. Our multi-disciplinary staff have decades of experience in research and evaluation and are highly committed to scientific excellence.

The Center serves as an umbrella organization for several alcohol and drug related research initiatives, including the California Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Services.

We invite you to learn about us through our website.


Randomized clinical trial of the effects of screening and brief intervention for illicit drug use: the life shift/shift gears study
Susan I Woodruff1*, John D Clapp2, Kimberly Eisenberg3, CameronMcCabe3, Melinda Hohman1, Audrey M Shillington4, C Beth Sise5, Edward M Castillo6, Theodore C Chan6, Michael J Sise5 and Joey Gareri7

Although screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) has shown promise for alcohol use, relatively little is known about its effectiveness for adult illicit drug use. This randomized controlled trial assessed the effectiveness of the SBIRT approach for outcomes related to drug use among patients visiting trauma and emergency departments (EDs) at two large, urban hospitals.


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Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies and Services
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive, HH 203, San Diego, CA 92182-4119  |  Tel: 619.594.3475  |  Fax: 619.594.5991

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