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Categories: New Grant Award

Type: News

Date Published: 01/16/2014

girlORI scientist Dana Smith, Ph.D. has received funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and test a mentoring and skills-training program to decrease the risk of drug use and risky sexual behavior among girls in the juvenile justice system. In this five-year, $2.1 million grant, Smith and her team will work with parents and girls to improve girls’ communication skills, problem-solving and safety skills, and identify strategies for developing supportive prosocial relationships. Given the detrimental social, health, and mental health outcomes associated with high-risk behavior, the research project has the potential for a positive public health impact by yielding effective prevention strategies for parents, adolescents, clinicians, and policy-makers.