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WSU, Spokane Tribe win grant to address tribal youth issues
October 28, 2013

By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing

spokane-tribe-logo-200SPOKANE, Wash. – The WSU College of Nursing and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are beginning a new project aimed at helping the tribe deal more effectively with substance abuse and mental health problems among its youth.

Tool helps youth avoid substance-use pressures
August 23, 2010

PULLMAN – Learning to be a “media detective” allows children to understand the intentions of marketers and the goals of advertising while empowering them to resist messages that encourage alcohol or tobacco use.


A study published in the current journal Pediatrics shows that teaching children as early as third grade to be more skeptical of media messages can help prevent substance use. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in a grant awarded to Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, senior research scientist at Innovation Research & Training (IRT), a Durham, NC, research company, reveals that a brief, two-week course boosted the … » More …

NIH grant focuses on cost effectiveness
April 8, 2009

PULLMAN – Just how successful and cost-effective are community-based, substance abuse prevention programs? It’s a question that plagues politicians and policy makers, especially in a time of shrinking resources and increasing demand for services.

Now, thanks to a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, researchers at WSU are working on a new way to assess the effectiveness of those programs in the real world. That tool, they say, could help save time and money.

“These statistical techniques could help us make better use of limited resources at the local, state and national level,” said professor Robert Rosenman, associate director of WSU’s … » More …

WSU Scientist wins grant for work on addiction
December 17, 2008

PULLMAN — A WSU scientist has been awarded more than $4 million from the state’s Life Sciences Discovery Fund, for efforts to develop programs for treatment of substance abuse and mental illness in Washington’s rural areas.

John Roll, associate dean of research at the WSU College of Nursing in Spokane, was awarded $4,048,617 for his project, “Program of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse,” which aims to develop treatment protocols tailored to the state’s rural residents.

The winning proposal was among four selected from 29 proposals submitted by researchers across the state. All proposals were evaluated and … » More …

Stepping Stones house provides support
October 27, 2006

Alcoholism and substance abuse drive people down a dark road. Jerry Pastore’s goal is to be the light at the end of the tunnel. Pastore has been a substance abuse specialist at WSU Counseling Services since 2001. Each day he meets with students, provides consultation for addictions and oversees the Impact program for students who have violated the WSU Alcohol Policy.  He said WSU belongs to the Association of Recovery Schools, one of only 10 universities in the nation that participate in this kind of support system. “We feel really good that we’re doing something that other schools don’t provide,” he said. “WSU tries to … » More …

Comedian will bring laughter, HIV awareness
October 12, 2006

PULLMAN – Comedian Mike DeStafano’s personal story of addiction and disease is no laughing matter. But as a health educator, author and comedian, he knows that humor can help people understand difficult topics.DeStefano will speak at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 at Washington State University’s Heald Hall Room G3. He is performing as part of the “Out There” program sponsored by the Whitman County Public Health Department and WSU’s Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center. The program aims to provide the Pullman community with HIV awareness.While humor helps people understand serious topics such as HIV/AIDS, DeStefano says it also makes it easier for him … » More …

Sexual violence, substnce abuse discussed
October 25, 2004

Washington State University’s Cougar Alliance for a Safe Environment will bring Alan Berkowitz, a health and social justice issues expert, to the Pullman campus Oct. 27 to discuss ways the campus community can continue to prevent sexual violence and substance abuse.The event is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the Compton Union Building, Room 232.Berkowitz has more than 20 years experience in higher education and is an independent consultant who helps develop programs that concentrate on issues of substance abuse, sexual assault, gender and diversity.Representatives from the Sexual Misconduct and Prevention Task Force, Health and Wellness Services, CASE and … » More …