Grants, Publications, & Awards

Current Grant Projects

  • A Psychology Training Collaborative in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) at a Large Public University
    This project aims to develop, implement, and evaluate a coordinated Screening, Brief Intervention, and referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training program which will benefit all doctoral and masters programs and the doctoral psychology internship program at the University at Albany.
    Funder: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Award Amount: $945,000
    Project Dates: 9/30/15-9/29/18
  • Project PHARM: Personalized Health Assessment Related to Medications
    This project aims to develop, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of screening and brief intervention for the non-medical use of stimulant and co-occurring marijuana and alcohol use at nine colleges and universities across the United States.
    Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Award Amount: $451,677  
    Project Dates: 7/1/15-6/30/20
  • Examining the Efficacy of Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention within University-based Health Care Settings (K23 Mentored Patient -Oriented Career Development Award for Dr. M. Dolores Cimini)
    The aim of this project is to examine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the delivery of alcohol screening and brief intervention in a variety of delivery formats in reducing alcohol use and related negative consequences in a target population of undergraduate and graduate students seeking services at university-based primary medical and mental health care settings. The specific aims of this research will be accomplished in the context of a longitudinal randomized controlled trial (RCT)using a between-group design to assess short-term and longer-term efficacy of BASICS, e-Chug, and personalized drinking feedback-only in reducing alcohol use and associated negative consequences. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of moderators and mediators of treatment efficacy, and will evaluate patterns of and changes in participant academic performance and retention across time for study participants.
    Funder: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
    Award Amount: $847,074
    Project Dates: 10/1/10-9/30/16

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Selected Publications

  1. Cimini, M.D., Page, J.C., and Trujillo, D.A. Using social norms in peer theater. Report on Social Norms. November 2002.
  2. Mowry, E., Page, J., and Cimini, M. D. Discussing Our Choices: A Group-Based Alcohol and Drug Referral Program for High-Risk College Students. Report on Social Norms. November 2003.
  3. Cimini, M. D., Gebhardt, T. G., and Herman, C. Developing and implementing a successful social norms campaign targeting long-term neighbors in the community. Report on Social Norms. October 2004.
  4. Martens, M. P., Taylor, K. K., Damann, K. M., Page, J. C., Mowry, E. S., & Cimini, M. D. (2004). Protective factors when drinking alcohol and their relationship to negative alcohol-related consequences. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 18, 390-393.
  5. Anderson, D. A., Martens, M. P., & Cimini, M. D. (in press). Do female college students who purge report greater binge drinking and negative alcohol-related consequences? International Journal of Eating Disorders. 37. 65-68.
  6. Martens, M. P., Ferrier, A. G., & Cimini, M. D. (2007). Do protective behavioral strategies mediate the relationship between drinking motives and alcohol use in college students? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (formerly the Journal of Studies on Alcohol), 68, 106-119.
  7. Martens, M.P., Cimini, M.D., Barr, A.R., Rivero, E.M., Vellis, P.A., Desemone, G.A. & Horner, K.J., Implementing a Screening and Brief Intervention for High-Risk Drinking in University-Based Health and Mental Health Care Settings: Reductions in Alcohol Use and Correlates of Success, Addictive Behaviors (2007), doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2007.05.005. November 2007.
  8. Cimini, M. D., Martens, M. P., Larimer, M. E., Kilmer, J. R., Neighbors, C., & Monserrat, J. M. (2009). Assessing the effectiveness of peer-facilitated interventions addressing high-risk drinking among judicially mandated college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 16, 57-66.
  9. Martens, M. P., Hatchett, E. S., Martin, J. L., Fowler, R. M., Fleming, K. M., Karakashian, M. A., & Cimini, M. D. (2010). Does trait urgency moderate the relationship between parental alcoholism and alcohol use? Addiction Research and Theory, 18, 479-488. doi:10.3109/16066350903145064
  10. Martens, M. P., Martin, J. L., Littlefield, A. K., Murphy, J. G., & Cimini, M. D. (2011). Changes in protective behavioral strategies and alcohol use among college students. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
  11. Cimini, M. D., Rivero, E. M., Bernier, J. E., Stanley, J. A., Murray, A. D., Anderson, D. A., &  Bapat, M. (2014). Implementing an Audience-Specific Small-Group Gatekeeper Training Program to Respond to Suicide Risk among College Students: A Case Study. Journal of American College Health, 62(2), 92-100.
  12. Rivero, E. M., Cimini, M. D., Bernier, J. E., Stanley, J. A., Murray, A. D., Anderson, D. A., & Wright, H. R. (2014). Implementing an early intervention program for residential students who present with suicide risk: a case study. Journal of American College Health, doi: 10.1080/07448481.2014.887574.
  13. Cimini, M.D., Monserrat, J.M., Sokolowski, K.L., Dewitt-Parker, J.Y., Rivero, E.M., & McElroy, L.A.  (2015). Reducing high-risk drinking among student-athletes: The effects of a targeted athlete-specific brief intervention.  Journal of American College Health,63(6), 343-352. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2015.1031236.
  14. Arria, A. M., Caldeira, K. M., Vincent, K. B., O'Grady, K. E., Cimini, M. D., Geisner, I. M., Kilmer, J.R., & Larimer, M. E. (2017). Do college students improve their grades by using prescription stimulants nonmedically? Addictive behaviors, 65, 245-249.
  15. Arria, A. M., Geisner, I. M., Cimini, M. D., Kilmer, J. R., Caldeira, K. M., Barrall, A. L., & Lee, C. M. (2018). Perceived academic benefit is associated with nonmedical prescription stimulant use among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 76, 27-33.


  1. Cimini, M.D. & Rivero, E.M. (2013). Postvention as a Prevention Tool: Developing a Comprehensive Campus Response to Suicide and Related Risk. New Directions for Student Services: Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
  2. Baille, S.K., Kilmer, J.R., & Cimini, M.D. (2015). Health, wellness, and alcohol:  reaching students through education and intervention. In Anderson, D.A., Wellness Issues for Higher Education. Routledge Press, Inc.
  3. Cimini, M.D. (2016). The experience of disability: sociocultural and psychological factors. In Anderson, D.A., Further Wellness Issues for Higher Education. Routledge.
  4. Cimini, M.D. & Rivero, E.M., Eds. (In press). Promoting Behavioral Health and Reducing Risk among College Students: A Comprehensive Approach. Routledge.

Our Nationally-Recognized Prevention Program

The STEPS Comprehensive Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program

NREPP Logo with the text: Included in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

The STEPS Comprehensive Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program was recognized with a listing in the National Registry of Evidence-based programs and Practices (NREPP) on December 9, 2013.

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of health and Human Services (NREPP), is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination. The purpose of NREPP is to help the public learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which of these may best meet their needs. NREPP is one way that SAMHSA is working to improve access to information on evaluated interventions and reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field.

About the STEPS Program:

The STEPS Comprehensive Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program, developed for college students, aims to reduce alcohol use frequency and quantity as well as the negative consequences associated with alcohol use. Based on the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) model, reviewed by NREPP separately, the three versions of STEPS are designed to meet the distinct and complex needs of three groups of college students engaging in high-risk drinking: first-year students (Project First STEPS), students seeking primary health and mental health care on campus (Project Healthy STEPS), and student athletes (Project Winning STEPS).

Click here to see a listing of our STEPS program awards >>>