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MCHB Funded Prenatal Substance Use Prevention

The Maternal Child and Health Bureau (MCHB) awarded CRT a grant to develop a training and technical assistance program for Community Health Centers and Maternal and Child Health sites that would impact clinical practice in three areas: prevention, identification, and referral to treatment. We worked with clinics throughout the nation to guide clinicians in the screening of pregnant women for potential use of substances and children for evidence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). All clinic personnel were rained to communicate the message that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy and to use educational materials to promote healthy pregnancies free of alcohol use.

Project Team:

Project Director
Ira Chasnoff, M.D.

Project Evaluator
Anne Wells, Ph.D.

Evaluation Team
Lauren King, M.A.
Jessie  Montes De’Oca, B.S.

Neurocognitive Habilitation Therapy

Evidance-based treatment for FASD's in Chicago

From 2001-2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded CRT to develop and evaluate a Neurocognitive Habilitation Project, involving the identification and assessment of children ages 6 - 12 with FAS or ARND.  CRT clinicians created a group therapy curriculum for the children and their parents designed to educate them about FASD's and give strategies for managing the neurodevelopmental effects of prenatal alcohol exposure, with a focus on learning techniques for self-regulation.  This curriculum was based on the Alert ProgramTM developed by occupational therapists, Mary Sue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger.

Project Team:

Principal Investigator
Ira Chasnoff, M.D.

Project Director
Greg Bailey, Ph.D.

Therapists
Lauren King, M.A., Greg Bailey, Ph.D., Julia Das, M.A., Amy Groessl, LCSW, Stephanie Hart, M.A., Camilla Head, B.A., Dafna Lender, LCSW, Kim Lewis, M.A., Chris Payne, M.A., George Sach, M.A., Christine Schmidt, Psy.D., Lindsay Smith Bailey, M.S., Crystal Sullivan, B.A., Erin Telford, Psy.D.

Data Analyst
Anne Wells, Ph.D.
 

Research Assistants/Interns
Cheri Guerrero, Barbara Jandasek, M.A., Samantha McCurties, Djuro Petkovic

Neurocognitive Habilitation Therapy replication study/Parents and Children Together

This replication project, which was renamed Parents and Children Together (PACT), was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We conducted group therapy intervention for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the Champaign-Urbana area of Illinois.  The group was open to foster and adopted children ages 6 - 12 living in the area who were prenatally exposed to alcohol.  We used a revised curriculum based on the one we used in the initial study.  Our focus continued to be on helping children learn self-regulation skills.  Parents learned about FASD's and how best to help their children compensate for their weaknesses. 

Project Team:

Principal Investigator
Ira Chasnoff, M.D.

Co-Principal Investigator
Linda Meyer, Ph.D.

Project Director
Anne Wells, Ph.D.

Training Director, Curriculum Revision Chair
Erin Telford, Psy.D.

Trainers
Greg Bailey, Ph.D., Lindsay Bailey, M.S., Amy Groessl, LCSW, Christine Schmidt, Psy.D.

Therapists in Champaign-Urbana
Colleen Berman, MSW, Lorraine Crummy, MSW, Jane Frefogle, LCSW, Vernessa Gipson, MSW, Amber Warner, MSW

Research Assistant-Chaimpaign
Ava Wolf, Ph.D.

Research Assistant/Interns
Courtney Lawhn, Christy McCuen