Preventing and Treating Youth Substance Abuse: Advancing Policy and Practice with Meta-Analytic Evidence

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December 10, 2019




Cissy McDaniel Parker Dean’s Conference Room

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Emily Tanner-Smith is an associate professor and associate dean for research in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.

Problematic levels of substance use often peak during late adolescence and early adulthood, making these critical developmental periods for targeted intervention and treatment efforts. This presentation will discuss a portfolio of interdisciplinary meta-analytic research projects focused on understanding the effectiveness of youth substance use prevention and treatment approaches, including brief interventions, community outpatient treatments, and youth drug treatment courts. These meta-analysis projects – supported by funding from agencies such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute of Justice—used innovative research synthesis methods to focus on variability in program effects, with a goal of understanding for whom and under what circumstances these programs may be maximally effective. The presentation will highlight the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and stakeholder involvement for ensuring the utility and value of meta-analytic evidence for advancing national policy and practice.