Project Name: ESP – Event-Specific Prevention
Principal Investigator: Christine Lee, PhD
Grant Title: Event Specific Prevention (ESP)
Sponsor: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Project Period: 7/5/2007 – 6/30/2012
Grant Number: R01AA016099
Project Coordinator: Angela Mittmann

To give you some context, past research has shown that college students tend to drink the most and experience the most extreme consequences (e.g., alcohol poisoning, sexual assault) during specific events that are deemed celebratory occasions where the typical drinking patterns or personal limits regarding alcohol don’t seem to apply. ESP is in the second stage of a 5 year federally funded project and is designed to examine the effectiveness of a web-based vs. in-person motivational intervention designed to help college students stay safe while celebrating their 21st birthdays and going on spring break trips (2 specific events that have been associated with extreme drinking). In addition, we are also recruiting friends that students plan to celebrate with during these events to be involved in the study to help make sure that the participant stays safe while celebrating/vacationing.

Related Publications:
Atkins, D. C., Baldwin, S. A., Zheng, C., Gallop, R. J., & Neighbors, C. (2012). A tutorial on count regression and zero-altered count models for longitudinal substance use data. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, doi:10.1037/a0029508. PMCID: PMC3513584

Collins, S. E., Logan, D. E., & Neighbors, C. (2010). Which came first: The readiness or the change? Longitudinal relationships between readiness to change and drinking among college drinkers. Addiction, 105(11), 1899-1909. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03064.x PMID: 20854333

Lewis, M. A., Patrick, M. E., Lee, C. M., Kaysen, D. L., Mittmann, A., & Neighbors, C. (2010). Use of protective behavioral strategies and their association to 21st birthday alcohol consumption and related negative consequences: A between- and within-person evaluation. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26(2), 179-186. doi:10.1037/a0023797 PMCID: PMC3191316

Neighbors, C., Atkins, D. C., Lewis, M. A., Lee, C. M., Kaysen, D., Mittmann, A., Fossos, N., & Rodriguez, L. M. (2011). Event specific drinking among college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 702-707. PMCID: 21639597

Neighbors, C., Foster, D., & Fossos, N., & Lewis, M. A. (2012). Windows of Risk: Event and Contexts Associated with Extreme Drinking. In C. Correia, J. Murphy, and N. Barnett (Eds.), College Student Alcohol Abuse: A Guide to Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention (pp. 53-80). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ.

Neighbors, C., Lee, C. M., Atkins, D. C., Lewis, M. A., Kaysen, D., Mittmann, A., Fossos, N., Geisner, I. M., Zheng, C., & Larimer, M.E. (2012). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Event Specific Prevention Strategies for Reducing Problematic Drinking Associated with 21st Birthday Celebrations. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 850-862. PMCID:2282385

Neighbors, C., Lee, C. M., Lewis, M. A., Fossos, N., & Walter, T. (2009). Internet-based personalized feedback to reduce 21st-birthday drinking: A randomized controlled trial of an event-specific prevention intervention. Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology, 77(1), 51-63. doi:10.1037/a0014386

Patrick, M. E., & Lee, C. M. (2012). Daily variations in Spring Break alcohol and sexual behaviors based on intentions, perceived norms, and daily trip context. Journal Of Studies On Alcohol And Drugs, 73(4), 591-596. PMCID: PMC3364325

Patrick, M.E., Neighbors, C., & Lee, C.M. (2012). A hierarchy of 21st birthday drinking norms. Journal of College Student Development, 53(4), 581-585. DOI: 10.1353/csd.2012.0060 PMCID: 22919123

Patrick, M. E., Lewis, M. A., Lee, C. M., & Maggs, J. L. (2012). Semester and event-specific motives for alcohol use during spring break: associated protective strategies and negative consequences. Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.11.012 PMCID: PMC3578148