Center for Substance Abuse Education, Prevention and Research

The Center for Substance Abuse Education, Prevention and Research promotes education, evidence-based practice, and research on substance use disorders. The Center provides direction for national multidisciplinary faculty initiatives to foster substance use competencies in the health professions. Federally-funded research studies focus on preventing substance abuse in adolescents, exploring mindfulness-based stress-reduction as an adjunct to recovery, and examining the relationship between alcohol use and elder self-neglect. Research collaborations involve Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and a number of community partners.


To promote education, evidenced-based practice and research addressing the major public health problems associated with substance use disorders.


  • Current National Institute on Drug Abuse funded study of the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction as an adjunct to therapeutic community treatment. This is a 4-year behavioral therapies trial. 2004-2008
  • Participating in an exploratory study (P20) with Baylor College of Medicine to examine the relationship between alcohol and drug misuse and elder self-neglect.
  • Collaborating with M.D. Anderson Study of Group Therapy for Nicotine Dependence using mindfulness-based stress reduction.
  • Consulting on grant at Rice University to design substance abuse prevention program for adolescents.
  • Recently completed project to design and implement an HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention program for African American adolescents in a faith-based setting, 1999-2001. Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.


  • The Center provides direction for Project MAINSTREAM, a federally-funded initiative of the Association of Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse to educate multidisciplinary health professional faculty nationwide. MAINSTREAM fellows are then expected to enhance the curricula of their disciplines to include substance abuse content.
  • Four successive federally-funded faculty development grants have provided substance abuse training for 14 multidisciplinary faculty in the Health Science Center. 1990-2001.


  • The Center provides consultation to the Texas Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for substance abuse (SBIRT) initiative, and InSight, a major project to make these services available for clients of the Harris County Hospital District.
  • The Center is a partner in the Houston-Harris County Demand Treatment Project to improve all substance abuse services in the area.

The Center for Substance Abuse Education, Prevention and Research
Located on the 6th floor of the
School of Nursing and Student Community Center
6901 Bertner Avenue
Houston, TX 77030

This area is provided through the generosity of “THE WAGGONERS FOUNDATION”

Center Director and Staff