Skip to main content

Adaptive Interventions

Adaptive Interventions (AI) is for individuals who experience problems with their drinking and wish to cut down or quit altogether using evidence-based treatments. This no-cost study is provided in a private, 1-on-1 setting or via confidential video chat (no on-site visits are required) and may help you get your drinking under control.

AI Individuals who enroll in this six-month study receive brief interventions designed to reduce drinking to healthy levels, in addition to five assessments to monitor their alcohol use. Treatment begins with one session of a brief intervention to decrease alcohol use and increases in frequency and intensity (ranging from one to six additional sessions of psychotherapeutic treatments) for participants who have difficulty reducing their drinking to healthy levels.

To see if you are eligible to participate, please click here to take a confidential survey.

Digital Marshmallow Test

The Digital Marshmallow Test (DMT) is a mobile app that hopes to advance the science in identifying and helping individuals who act on short-term temptations, despite long-term consequences. Powered by Apple’s ResearchKit(™) and Android’s ResearchStack(™) applications and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, DMT is a collaborative effort between Northwell Health, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Cornell Tech, and Sage Bionetworks. DMT will use the smartphone to understand individuals who have trouble controlling unhealthy behaviors, such as substance abuse, gambling, promiscuity, and overeating, in order to help them regain control when they need it most. The app will consist of surveys and game-like tasks which will be used to assess user impulsivity and to understand how individuals regulate their behavior in different settings. In addition to the versions developed for the general public, there will also be a version of the DMT app intended for researchers to implement into their own research studies. The Digital Marshmallow Test will be the first study to develop non-invasive mobile interventions to identify and help those at greatest risk for impulsive responding and enhance temptation resilience before serious problems can occur.

Beta-test the app for one week and earn a $25 Amazon gift card. For more information, visit http://digitalmarshmallow.org/.

Project ReDUCE

Project ReDUCE (Reducing Drinking Using Collaborative Efforts) is a study that aims to develop a collaborative care model for treating alcohol use disorders in primary care. This study is offered to patients in Northwell Health Internal Medicine practices, who want to cut down on their drinking to healthy levels or stop altogether. Participants receive drinking assessments and monitoring over the course of three months. Some individuals may also receive evidence-based medication and behavioral intervention dependent on their individual treatment needs. The combination of these interventions is provided in collaboration with their primary care treatment.

To find out more about Project ReDUCE, contact us at [email protected] or (516) 254-0090.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program is a services program for patients at Northwell Health medical practices and hospitals that help identify patients in the health system whose alcohol or drug use may be interfering with their health before it becomes a lifelong addiction. In the SBIRT program, patients age 18 and older, who visit a participating health facility, are pre-screened during their visit with three to five questions relating to their drinking, smoking, and drug use. If they meet a certain threshold based on that pre-screening, a health coach is alerted and approaches the patient to further assess them using a custom iPad application. Based on that interaction, patients may receive a brief motivational and awareness-raising intervention and, if necessary, a referral for treatment. The program is based on the patients’ individual goals. We have pre-screened over 175,000 patients (11% positive rate) and provided over 6,000 brief interventions.

Past studies

Project MOTION

Project MOTION is a study involving brief, in-person treatments for individuals who would like to reduce their drinking but not quit altogether. Treatment is comprised of four sessions of psychotherapy in the first eight weeks. Participants are also asked to complete seven in-person assessments over the course of nine months, as well as an online daily survey for a total of seven weeks throughout the course of the study.

This in-person project takes place in our Great Neck office.

Recruitment for Project MOTION is closed. We are no longer enrolling new participants.

TeleMotion

The TeleMotion study is a telehealth adaptation of Project Motion. It is a study of brief treatments for problem drinking for individuals who would like to reduce their drinking but not quit altogether. Study treatments comprise 4 sessions of psychotherapy in the first 8 weeks. Participants are also asked to complete 7 research assessments over the course of 9 months and an online daily survey for a total of 7 weeks throughout the course of the study.

TeleMotion requires no on-site visits. All assessments and therapy are conducted via video conference.

Recruitment for TeleMotion is closed. We are no longer enrolling new participants.

The TeleMotion study is an adaptation of Project MOTION using video conferencing in lieu of in-person visits to our center. This study is for individuals who would like to reduce their drinking but not quit altogether. Treatment is comprised of four sessions of tele-psychotherapy in the first eight weeks. Participants are also asked to complete seven assessments over the course of nine months, as well as an online daily survey for a total of seven weeks throughout the course of the study.

TeleMotion requires no on-site visits. All assessments and therapy are conducted via video conference.

Recruitment for TeleMotion is closed. We are no longer enrolling new participants.

Adaptive Alcohol Intervention Messaging Systems

AAIMS is an internet-based and mobile text messaging study designed to determine how different types of messages and assessments help individuals reduce their drinking over a 12 week period. This study is done primarily on the internet and mobile phone.

Recruitment for AAIMS is closed. We are no longer enrolling new participants.

Project SMART

Project SMART is a clinical trial for men who have sex with men or who identify as gay or bisexual and are interested in cutting down their drinking but not necessarily stopping.

This study includes a three-month treatment phase and a six month follow-up phase. The treatment phase of the study consists of medication and counseling. Participants will either take the FDA-approved medication Naltrexone or a placebo pill. In addition to the medication, participants will either come into our office for weekly counseling (a combination of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy) or bi-weekly medication management.

Data collection for this study is now complete and we are assessing the outcomes. We are no longer enrolling new participants.

This is not in any way affiliated with Smart Recovery. For more information about Smart Recovery, please go to smartrecovery.org.

Leadership

Jon Morgenstern, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President, Addiction Services
Northwell Health

Director
Center for Addiction Services and Personalized Interventions Research

Professor, Psychiatry
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Andrew C. Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Researchers

  • Svetlana Levak, Ph.D.
  • George Nitzburg, Ph.D.
  • Nehal Vadhan, Ph.D.
  • Kaerensa Craft, LCSW
  • Anna Jadanova, M.A.
  • Diana Michell, LMHC
  • Danusha Selva Kumar, B.A.
  • Sijing (S.J.) Shao, M.S.
  • Rachel P. Vitale, BA
  • Zhaoxin (Judy) Wu, B.A.
Go to top