Faculty Profile: Timothy Apodaca

Timothy Apodaca
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Work: +1 401-863-6657
Dr. Timothy Apodaca's research focuses most broadly on the investigation of psychological treatment. He is particularly interested in testing brief forms of counseling to assist individuals in changing substance use behavior, and in seeking to identify active ingredients in psychotherapy. His research focuses on both adult and adolescent populations.

Biography

Dr. Apodaca is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, where his clinical and research activities focus on Motivational Interviewing (MI), a style of communication designed to elicit behavior change. He is principal investigator on a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to investigate the mechanisms of action through which MI exerts its therapeutic effects. He completed his predoctoral internship as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in addictions studies at the Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Apodaca has been involved in developing a variety of brief interventions to address alcohol use disorders in critical care settings such as emergency departments and trauma centers. Dr. Apodaca seeks to promote the dissemination of empirically supported treatments by providing clinical training in Motivational Interviewing in a variety of settings.

Research Description

Timothy Apodaca, PhD, is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Community Health, where his clinical and research activities focus on Motivational Interviewing (MI). He is principal investigator on a grant to investigate the mechanisms of action through which MI exerts its therapeutic effects. Dr. Apodaca has been involved in developing a variety of brief interventions to address alcohol use disorders in critical care settings, such as emergency departments and trauma centers. He is a co-investigator on an NIH-funded study investigating the therapeutic mechanisms of brief MI-based interventions to reduce college student drinking and alcohol-related problems.

Grants and Awards

National Institutes of Health, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program, 2003-2007

Affiliations

American Psychological Association, 1997-present
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, 2010-present
International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs, 2012-present
Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, 2002-present
Research Society on Alcoholism, 2000-present

Funded Research

Principal Investigator
"Sequential and Component Analysis of MI Mechanisms with College Drinkers"
Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Period: 09/30/09 – 08/31/13
Total Direct Costs: $498,750
Total Costs: $750,618

Principal Investigator
"Identifying Mechanisms of Motivational Interviewing"
Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Period: 04/01/05 – 03/31/10
Total Direct Costs: $680,677
Total Costs: $735,131

Co-Investigator
"Within-session Mechanisms of Behavior Change in At-risk College Students"
Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Period: 8/1/2009-6/30/2013
Total Direct Costs: $995,189
Total Costs: $1,551,124
(PI: Brian Borsari, PhD)

Co-Investigator
"Enhanced MI with Alcohol Positive Trauma Patients"
Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Period: 06/01/94 – 04/30/10
Total Direct Costs: $2,133,733
Total Costs: $3,131,486
(PI: Peter Monti, PhD)

Co-Investigator
"Brief Alcohol Intervention for School-to-Work Transitions"
Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Period: 07/01/09-06/30/11
Total Direct Costs: $710,797
Total Costs: $1,149,613
(PI: Suzanne Colby, PhD)

Co-Investigator
"Motivational Interviewing for Teen Substance Abuse with Psychiatric Comorbidity"
Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Period: 9/20/04-3/31/09
(PI: Richard Brown)

Selected Publications

  • Strong, D.R., Uebelacker, L., Schonbrun, Y.C., Durst, A., Saritelli, J., Fokas, K., Abrantes, A., Brown, R.A., Miller, I., & Apodaca, T.R. (2012). Development of a brief motivational intervention to facilitate engagement of smoking cessation treatment among inpatient depressed smokers. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 7, 1-8. (2012)
  • Magill, M., Stout, R. L., & Apodaca, T.R. (2012) Therapist focus on ambivalence and commitment: A longitudinal analysis of motivational interviewing treatment ingredients. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0029639 (2012)
  • Apodaca, T.R., Magill, M., Longabaugh, R., Jackson, K.M., & Monti, P.M. (in press). Effect of a significant other on client change talk in motivational interviewing. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. (2012)
  • Apodaca, T.R., & Moser, C. (2011). The use and abuse of prescription medication to facilitate or enhance sexual behavior among adolescents. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 89, 22-24. (2011)
  • Gwaltney, C.J., Magill, M., Barnett, N.P., Apodaca, T.R., Colby, S.M., & Monti, P.M. (2011). Using daily drinking data to characterize the effects of a brief alcohol intervention in an emergency room. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 248-250. (2011)
  • Barnett, N.P., Apodaca, T.R., Magill, M., Colby, S.M., Gwaltney, C., Rohsenow, D.J., & Monti, P. M. (2010). Moderators and mediators of two brief interventions for alcohol in the emergency department. Addiction, 105, 452-465. (2010)
  • Magill, M., Apodaca, T.R., Barnett, N.P., & Monti, P.M. (2010). The route to change: Within-session predictors of change plan completion in a motivational interview. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38, 299–305. (2010)
  • Magill, M., Mastroleo, N.R., Apodaca, T.R., Barnett, N.P., Colby, S.M., & Monti, P.M. (2010). Motivational interviewing with significant other participation: Assessing therapeutic alliance and patient satisfaction and engagement. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39, 391-398. (2010)
  • Apodaca, T. R., & Longabaugh, R. (2009) Mechanisms of change in motivational interviewing: A review and preliminary evaluation of the evidence. Addiction, 104, 705-715. (2009)
  • Magill, M., Barnett, N. B., Apodaca, T. R., Rohsenow, D. J., & Monti, P. M. (2009). The role of marijuana use in brief motivational intervention with young adult drinkers treated in an emergency department. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 409-413. (2009)
  • Apodaca, T. R., & Longabaugh, R. (2009) That was then; this is now. Addiction, 104, 717-718. (2009)
  • Apodaca, T. R., Abrantes, A. M., Strong, D. R., Ramsey, S. E., & Brown, R. A. (2007). Readiness to change smoking behavior among adolescents with a psychiatric disorder. Addictive Behaviors, 32 (6), 1119-1130. (2007)
  • Apodaca, T. R., Miller, W. R., Schermer, C. R., & Amrhein, P. (2007). A pilot study of bibliotherapy to reduce alcohol problems among patients in a hospital trauma center. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 18 (4). (2007)
  • Apodaca, T. R., & Monti, P. M. (2006). Substance abuse. In Kazantzis, N., & L'Abate, L. (Eds.) Handbook of homework assignments in psychotherapy: Research, practice, and prevention. New York: Springer. (2006)
  • Apodaca, T. R., & Miller, W. R. (2003). A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of bibliotherapy for alcohol problems. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59 (3), 289-304. (2003)
  • Apodaca, T. R., & Schermer, C. R. (2003). Readiness to change alcohol use after trauma. Journal of Trauma, 54, (5), 990-994. (2003)
  • Meyers, R. J., Apodaca, T. R., Flicker, S. M., & Slesnick, N. (2002). Evidence-based approaches for the treatment of substance abusers by involving family members. The Family Journal, 10 (3), 280-287. (2002)
  • Schermer, C. R., Qualls, C. R., Brown, C. L., & Apodaca, T. R. (2001). Intoxicated motor vehicle passengers: An overlooked at-risk population. Archives of Surgery, 136, 1244-1248. (2001)
  • Schermer, C. R., Apodaca, T. R., Albrecht, R. M., Lu, S. W., & Demarest, G. B. (2001). Intoxicated motor vehicle passengers warrant screening and treatment similar to intoxicated drivers. Journal of Trauma, 51 (6), 1083-1086. (2001)