The Rutgers Alliance for Sustainable Risk Reduction (RASRR) draws on the resources of a diverse and complex university community to further our Strategic Prevention Framework Community Implementation plan. We convene members of our university and surrounding neighborhood community and coordinate their actions in an effort to select, develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate effective prevention protocols designed to reduce alcohol use, as well as related consequences, among 18 to 25 year olds.
The Rutgers Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center (RTPRC), funded by NIDA, focused on developing methods of intervention during a student’s key developmental transitional periods. The Center included established investigators representing a wide range of scientific disciplines and specialties from the core, joint and visiting faculty of the CAS, noted investigators from two other established research programs, and prevention partners. The broad focus and goal of RTPRC was acquisition of knowledge about the manner in which individuals, transitioning key developmental phases (including turning points in drug use staging), acquire and integrate information about substance use behavior into their behavioral repertoire and the application of that knowledge in the design of prevention interventions. The RTPRC was organized around two cores (Administrative and Resource) and three project areas. The Project areas were: (1) Enhanced peer-based interventions during the transition to high school; (2) Developing brief interventions for drug abuse prevention for college students; and (3) Memory processes emotional regulation and developmental stage of drug exposure. Project Cores and Projects were multidisciplinary and spanned the range of drug abuse prevention research.
The Rutgers Women’s Treatment Project was a five year clinical research study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to test the effectiveness of therapies for women with drinking problems. The Women’s Treatment Project offered: confidential outpatient assessment; treatment of alcohol problems based on research-proven techniques; therapists who specialize in treatment alcohol problems; two pre-treatment evaluation sessions; 12 weekly individual or small group therapy (all women) sessions; payment for participation in the research aspects of the program; and 3 research follow-up contacts after treatment is over.