Prevention Insights supports multiple research programs in the areas of health behavior, substance use, and mental health. While we primarily focus on translational research, we also conduct basic research and promote evidence-based strategies to improve health and practice.

We conduct research through our analytic unit, the Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior (IRAB). We are always interested in collaborative opportunities to advance knowledge in any of our areas of focus.

Recent Research Articles

Developing and Validating a Novel Anonymous Method for Matching Longitudinal School-Based Data

This study investigated ways to better ensure confidentiality in self-generated ID codes for matched longitudinal data collection.

motivational interviewing
Pilot study of the influence of self-coding on empathy within an introductory motivational interviewing training

Our recent pilot study examined whether an active learning (self-coding) exercise was superior to a passive learning exercise in developing therapeutic empathy during a motivational interviewing training.

naloxone
Naloxone Availability and Dispensing in Indiana Pharmacies Two Years after Implementation of a Statewide Standing Order

This study examined changes in rates of pharmacy naloxone stocking and dispensing in the state of Indiana between 2016 and 2018 and explored supplemental variables and factors that may have affected observed differences.

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Feasibility and acceptability of a proposed pharmacy-based harm reduction intervention to reduce opioid overdose, HIV and hepatitis C

As part of Indiana University’s Addictions Grand Challenge, Prevention Insights and partners conducted a feasibility study of a proposed harm reduction intervention for Indiana pharmacies.

Applied Nursing Research journal
Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training for nurses in acute care settings: Lessons learned

This multi-partner study examined nurses’ training needs in order to supervise and manage the implementation of SBIRT in their clinical practice.

JANAC journal
Development of a 10-Item Tool to Identify Advanced Practice Nurse Readiness to Prescribe Pre-exposure Prophylaxis

This collaborative effort with IU Nursing Assistant Professor Gregory Carter identified 10 questions that can be used to assess advanced-practice nurses' readiness to prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV.

JANAC journal
Predicting pharmacy naloxone stocking and dispensing following a statewide standing order, Indiana 2016

This study, based on a census of community managing pharmacists in Indiana, identified factors associated with pharmacy stocking and dispensing of naloxone, the opioid 'overdose reversal' medication.

Recent Presentations

ECHO presentation
Opioid ECHO Presentation at Society for Social Work and Research

January 2020 - Presentation on using the ECHO model for continuing education for social workers/behavioral healthcare.

ECHO presentation
IU's Opioid ECHO Presentation

In March, a collaborative team including Prevention Insights, IU School of Medicine, and Fairbanks School of Public Health presented on IU’s Opioid ECHO program.

TEDx Talk
Tapati Dutta TEDx Talk

Last November, one of our Research Assistants (Doctoral Candidate – Tapati Dutta) delivered a TEDx Talk in Indianapolis detailing her journey from hardship to academia.

JANAC journal
Pilot assessment of HIV and substance use prevention program tailored for African-American young adults: ‘Color it Real’

This conference poster, based on evaluation data from an evidence-based HIV and substance abuse prevention program, led to some great discussion. All peer-reviewed abstracts from the conference are available here.

Subject Experts

Jon Agley

Deputy Director of Research, Associate Professor

Ruth Gassman

Executive Director, Senior Scientist

Wasantha Jayawardene

Assistant Research Scientist