Cimini and Martin Awarded SAMHSA Grant to Bring SBIRT Training to UAlbany

Albany, NY (September 21, 2015) – Dr. M. Dolores Cimini (PI), University Counseling & Psychological Services Center, and Dr. Jessica Martin (Co-PI), Educational and Counseling Psychology, have been awarded a $950,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, for A Comprehensive, Collaborative Multi-Component SBIRT Training Model in Professional Psychology at the University at Albany.

This three-year project aims to address the increasing need for professional psychologists and mental health counselors working in a broad range of service delivery settings who are trained in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

Drs. Cimini and Martin will develop a SBIRT Training Collaborative in Professional Psychology in which they will implement and evaluate a comprehensive, multi-component SBIRT training program across each of UAlbany’s five nationally-accredited doctoral and master’s-level training programs in professional psychology—the College of Arts and Sciences’ doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, and the School of Education’s doctoral and master’s programs in Counseling Psychology and doctoral and master’s programs in School Psychology. Beyond the establishment of SBIRT instruction within these distinct programs, they will develop an advanced practicum in SBIRT as well as predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship specialty training programs within the UAlbany Counseling & Psychological Services Center in the application of SBIRT for high-risk target populations.

Read the University Press Release.