Eighty percent of drivers’ license suspensions are due to non-driving events, such as failure (or inability) to pay a fine. At the same time, 3.6 million Americans miss or delay healthcare each year because of transportation barriers. In a new editorial published by the American Journal of Public Health, Professor Nina Joyce and colleagues argue that more research is needed to understand the impact of a suspended license on access to health care.
Jennifer Tidey, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior has been appointed as the Interim Associate Dean for Research in the School of Public Health effective January 1, 2020.
What if we could recognize signs of developmental disorders much earlier, saving parents years of confusion and worry and helping address challenges sooner? At Brown University’sHassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute, we’re studying “biomarkers” that have the potential to identify a child’s risk for autism and other developmental disorders well before more obvious symptoms are apparent.
With opioid drug overdose deaths skyrocketing in recent decades, researchers are confronting the epidemic in multiple ways. Two new five-year grants from the National Institutes of Health, totaling $6.8 million, will expand those efforts.
As air pollution increases, a big question that looms is whether or not it is still safe or worth it to exercise outside in heavily polluted areas. Few studies have looked at the interaction between air pollution and physical exercise when it comes to the risk of mortality. Researchers at the Brown University School of Public Health decided to address this question using the Elderly Health Service Cohort, a large prospective cohort in Hong Kong.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, and is a proven treatment for alcohol use disorder. However, the training and expert supervision needed to deliver consistent, high-quality face-to-face sessions is costly, limiting the widespread implementation of CBT in clinical practice. Delivering CBT through technology-based platforms, such as web-based programs and mobile apps, has potential to provide widespread and low-cost access to this evidence-based intervention ─but it's important to establish that tech-based CBT is as effective for alcohol treatment as the in-person format. A new report from researchers in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and colleagues systematically examined the evidence for tech-based delivery of CBT for alcohol use and found a benefit for tech-delivered interventions when used either as a standalone therapy for heavy drinking or in addition to usual care in specialty substance use settings.