Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement that reaffirmed its recommendation to incorporate universal screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) practices for adolescent substance use in pediatric primary care. This webinar will discuss the rationale for the AAP’s policy statement and current efforts to advance adolescent SBIRT primary care settings.


Janet F. Williams, MD, FAAP is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics at the UTHSCSA School of Medicine (SOM). She has been a School of Medicine faculty member for 30 years, the most recent 5 of which she has also served as the SOM Associate Dean for Faculty. She has recognized expertise in child and adolescent growth and development, substance abuse education, and patient care communication. Dr. Williams has been honored twice by receiving the UTHSCSA Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was named a University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor. Dr. Williams completed 10 years of service on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Abuse and has continued to research and create policy statements, clinical and technical reports, the most recent being statements on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the updates on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment or SBIRT. Dr. Williams also directed a five-year Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration-funded project to teach SBIRT to interdisciplinary resident physician trainees across south Texas.

Rob Dudley, MD, MEd, FAAP joined the Community Health Center of New Britain, CT as a National Public Health Scholar in the summer of 1996 after completing his residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been involved in the New Britain community as the school district’s medical advisor and with the American Academy of Pediatrics, most recently as the Connecticut Chapter Vice President and as District 1 Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Facilitator. He is a member of the CT AAP School Health Committee. Dr. Dudley has championed quality improvement initiatives in the areas of substance abuse screening (AAP PIAASU lead physician for Connecticut Chapter), developmental screening, depression screening, immunizations, asthma, and STD screening. He has been actively involved in pediatric obesity research for the past ten years, with presentations of Healthy Tomorrows and RWJF Salud America data at the AAP Future of Pediatrics, Weight of the Nation, and NICHQ conferences, where he was honored with NICHQ’s 2010 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award. He received the 2016 CDC Immunization Champion Award for Connecticut. He serves as the medical director for Klingberg Family Center’s Webster House, which serves medically and behaviorally complex teens from across Connecticut. He is as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine..

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