Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Integrating Behavioral Interventions in Substance Abuse Treatment

This project sought to foster more effective provision of therapeutic services to substance-using treatment-seekers in our communities. This mentored early career development award funded professional development activities and a sequence of three pilot research studies conducted over a 5-year period. The award’s overarching aim was development of a model of integrated clinical use of motivational interviewing and contingency management in opiate agonist treatment (OAT) settings. Professional development activities included advanced biostatistics coursework, supervised literature reviews with content experts, multi-regional site visits to community OAT clinics, attendance and provision of intervention training workshops for treatment providers, and facilitation of panel discussions among award contributors concerning model development.

Award contributors are Dennis Donovan, Ph.D. (co-mentor), Don Calsyn, Ph.D. (co-mentor), John Roll, Ph.D. (CM content expert), Steve Lash, Ph.D. (CM content expert), David Rosengren, Ph.D. (MI content expert), Blair Beadnell, Ph.D. (biostatistician), and Ron Jackson, M.S.W. (OAT field expert).


Bryan Hartzler, PhD Principal Investigator

Fund Information

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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Start: April 2010
End: March 2015
Status: completed

Project Results

Hartzler B, Jackson R, Jones BE, Beadnell B, Calsyn DA. Disseminating contingency management: Impacts of staff training and implementation at an opiate treatment program. J Subst Abuse Treat 2014;46:429–438.  View abstract.

Hartzler B, Rabun C. Training addiction professionals in empirically supported treatments: perspectives from the treatment community. Subst Abuse 2014;35(1):30-6.  View abstract.

Hartzler B, Rabun C. Community treatment adoption of contingency management: A conceptual profile of U.S. clinics based on innovativeness of executive staff. Int J Drug Policy 2013;24(4):333-41. doi: View abstract

Hartzler B, Rabun C. Community opioid treatment perspectives on contingency management: Perceived feasibility, effectiveness, and transportability of social and financial incentives. J Subst Abuse Treat 2013;45(2):242-8.  View abstract

Hartzler B, Donovan DM, Tillotson C, Mongoue-Tchokote S, Doyle SR, McCarty D. A multilevel approach to predicting community addiction treatment attitudes about contingency management. J Subst Abuse Treat 2012;42(2):213–221. Free online

Hartzler B, Lash SJ, Roll JM. Contingency management in substance abuse treatment: A structured review of the evidence for its transportability. Drug Alcohol Depend 2012;122(1-2):1-10. Free online