Research to Service

Research to Service Projects

In order to provide the highest quality services to our students, the University Counseling Center strives to be a national leader in implementing best practices in the prevention and intervention field. To this end, we have played a major role in developing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of programs and services for students in the areas of alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, suicide prevention, and the prevention of sexual assault and violence against women. The science-based interventions in the projects listed below have been developed, rigorously researched, and designated as model strategies. For each project, a primary goal involves sustaining these effective program components in our work with our students and sharing information concerning the effective components of each project to Institutions of Higher Education at a local, state, and national level.

Since 2000, the University Counseling Center has been awarded the following major federal and state grants totaling more than $5 million to address high-risk drinking and related risk behaviors in several sub-populations of University at Albany students.

[+]Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention

[+] Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

[+] Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention


The University Counseling Center is pleased to announce that it has earned the following awards for its research-to-service initiatives.

[+] 2010 Innovation in Behavioral Health Care Services Award, State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) and NIATx

[+] 2009 Science and Service Award, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ?

[+] 2009 “Pioneer in Prevention” Exemplary Award, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

[+] 2009 Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Model Program, U.S. Department of Education

[+] 2009 Best Practices in College Health Award, American College Health Association (ACHA)

[+] 2009 Grand Gold Medal for Excellence, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) AND 2009 Gold Award for Excellence in Health and Counseling Services, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)


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.

Martens, M. P., Rocha, T. L., Cimini, M. D., Díaz-Myers, A., Rivero, E., & Wulfert, E. (2009). The Co-Occurrence of Alcohol Use and Gambling Activities in First-Year College Students. Journal of American College Health, 57(6), 597-602.

Martens, M.P., Cimini, M.D., Barr, A.R., Rivero, E.M., Vellis, P.A., Desemone, G.A. & Horner, K.J. (2007). 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, 32, 2563-2572.