This webinar is part of the SBIRT for Youth Learning Committee series.

Substance use by adolescents is a significant public health problem and is associated with both acute and long term health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations recommend routine screening and brief intervention to prevent or reduce substance use as part of routine care for adolescents. This learning community will focus on the process of SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) as is being implemented in youth audiences..


Holly Hagle, Ph.D., is the Director of the National SBIRT Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Dr. Hagle has been actively working with providers since joining the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) in 2003. She is the Director of the National Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Addiction Technology Transfer Center (National SBIRT ATTC) and as such oversees all of the training and educational initiatives. Dr. Hagle has overseen the curriculum development and project coordination for three Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded SBIRT projects with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing since 2006.

Brett Harris, Dr.P.H., is Project Evaluator of the federally funded New York State SBIRT (NYSBIRT) cooperative agreement which delivers SBIRT in Sexually Transmitted Disease clinics and Tuberculosis Chest Centers in New York City and emergency departments and a federally qualified health center in Jefferson County near Fort Drum. She has worked at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Research and Development Unit for over four years and, besides her work on NYSBIRT, she is an integral team member for SBIRT in school-based health centers (SBHCs).

Tracy McPherson, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago. Over the past 13 years, McPherson has led initiatives supported by NIDA, CSAP, NHTSA, NHLBI, SAMSHA, and CDC. She co-leads the Brief Intervention Group (BIG) Initiative aimed at changing the way employee assistance and providers of behavioral healthcare services assess and intervene for substance abuse by adopting evidence-based screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment practices.

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