Founded in 1987, PIRE’s Chapel Hill Center specializes in designing and implementing innovative evaluation studies of programs and policies that address a variety of pressing behavioral health issues. The Center houses numerous ongoing projects that evaluate substance abuse prevention programming and policy initiatives designed to reduce and prevent underage drinking, prescription drug misuse and other substance use behaviors, harmful consequences of opioid misuse, substance abuse disorders, HIV/AIDS, and other behavioral health-related problems. Evaluation projects include both rigorously controlled experimental studies, as well as a variety of quasi-experimental designs used to enhance implementation fidelity and assess effectiveness of ongoing programs and policies implemented by federal, state and local agencies. Chapel Hill Center investigators serve as evaluators for numerous state agencies across the nation that fund school- and community-based interventions to prevent substance abuse and its consequences, many of which are federally funded and require standardized data collection procedures and participation in cross-site evaluations. In recent years Chapel Hill investigators have become increasingly engaged in prescription drug and opioid related prevention and harm reduction projects, including state, community, and tribal based projects funded by SAMHSA, NIH, and CDC.
Epidemiological studies conducted by Chapel Hill investigators focus on patterns and trends in health behaviors and outcomes, including the correlates, etiology, and developmental trajectories of substance use, violence victimization, risky sexual behavior, and other health risk behaviors, particularly among adolescents, young adults, and women. Chapel Hill’s portfolio of projects also includes research in international settings that focus on behavioral health issues including HIV/AID prevention among at-risk adolescents and young adults, and ethical issues related to informed consent and disclosure that may arise in the implementation of these types of studies.
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