In general, we know that brief interventions in medical settings can reduce risky alcohol use, but do certain groups benefit more? A new study suggests that brief interventions may be particularly effective for Hispanic patients.
Patricia Juárez, who was involved with the study, presents a summary of the study’s research methodology and results. She also describes a current research project to develop and evaluate a brief motivational intervention about alcohol use that is specifically tailored for Hispanic and Latino populations.


Patricia Juárez joined the LAHDR Center on January 2015 as Field Supervisor and Training Coordinator, to work on the two major Projects of the Center: PCORI and PDN. Her main duties include provide trainings and supervision to help interventionists of both projects become competent in delivering Brief Motivational Interventionists, in adherence with the most current quality standards of practice. She is also responsible for developing and updating training materials for both projects.

Patricia Juárez had the honor of studying directly with Dr. William Miller while attending the University of New Mexico, to obtain a Master’s in Clinical Psychology, specializing in addictions (2001). Her skills as a trainer are also due to the excellent mentorship of Dr. Carolina Yahne. Since 2001, after her Training for New Trainers (TNT) training in Italy, joined the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and has remained an active member ever since. Juárez has been conducting basic MI trainings at least once a year, in the field of addictions and health behaviors, collaborating with major universities in Mexico and with the main inpatient addictions treatment centers in Mexico, OCEANICA.

Additional Resources

Slides – What Is SBIRT?
Slides – CBPR to Develop Cultural Adaptation of Brief Motivational Intervention
Latino Alcohol and Health Disparities Research (LAHDR) Center