Anne H. Berman's research group

Innovative treatment technologies in assessment and treatment of alcohol and drug problems

Recent research from 2012 onwards

Together with my research group, I have achieved the following major goals:

  • I developed e-health interventions for problematic alcohol and drug use, as the building blocks of a stepped care model that will be the linchpin of my ongoing and coming research in psychiatry and primary care (2015-2017). The palette of interventions my research group can currently offer include:
  1. Screening with brief personalized feedback (
  2. Mobile application I (PartyPlanner)
  3. Mobile application II (TeleCoach; also available in IVR-format [automated telephony])
  4. A self-help program (
  5. An internet-based treatment program with counselor support (ePlus).

I achieved the following secondary goals:

  • In psychiatry, I prepared the ground for feasibility, implementation and outcome research in psychiatry by conducting a national survey of psychiatry units’ current screening and brief intervention practice for problematic substance use. We also surveyed interest in introducing e-health interventions and participating in research. Furthermore, we conducted a prevalence and outcome study on problematic substance use among internet psychiatry patients (Gajecki et al., 2014) and initiated a randomized controlled trial of an internet-based intervention for problematic substance use among internet psychiatry patients (ongoing). From the autumn of 2015 we will be implementing the palette of interventions 1-5 above in two psychiatry units in Stockholm County Council.
  • In primary care, I prepared the ground for feasibility, implementation and outcome research in primary care by establishing contact with Swedish and international researchers in this area. We conducted focus group interviews in primary care units in Stockholm, Linköping and Gothenburg during the spring of 2015. We will continue to work on implementing and evaluating digital interventions for problematic substance use as well as other lifestyle behaviors in primary care, in the years ahead.
  • I secured funding for research on mobile phone applications (SRA), on internet-based treatment with counselor support for problematic substance use  (AFA), on internet-based minimal intervention for problematic substance use in psychiatry (ALF), and exploration and implementation of digital interventions for unhealthy lifestyle behaviors in primary care (ALF), as well as for an international guest researcher (Professor Paul Wallace) and a research-oriented network (FORTE). This funding, together with a 6-year VR clinical researcher grant, has made it possible to conduct research on interventions 1-5 above, in randomized controlled trials (both published and ongoing).
  • My networking channels are the Inebria network conferences, conferences in behavioral medicine, the research-oriented international network on addictive behaviors that I coordinate and Professor Paul Wallace, the guest researcher affiliated with my group.

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Research Projects

Digital interventions to reduce problematic alcohol and drug use

  • - a minimal intervention with screening and feedback for both alcohol and drug use
  • - internet-based self-help in Swedish via for help-seekers from the general population, a naturalistic study
  • Smartphone apps for reducing overconsumtion of alcohol - studies among university students 
  • Internet-based treatment with counselor support for reducing problematic alcohol use in the workplace
  • Telephone-linked care to reduce impulsivity among forensic psychiatric patients
  • Ongoing studies on digital interventions for problematic substance use among patients in psychiatry
  • Planned studies on digital interventions for problematic substance use among patients in primary care

Children of prisoners

  • EU-project 2010-2012 where I was responsible for the Sweden arm; other countries were Romania, Germany and the UK (coordinator Professor Adele Jones, University of Huddersfield)
  • Population study on wellbeing and difficulties among Swedish children 11-17 years old, including self- and parental ratings

Motivational Interviewing in Addiction care

  • A study in a drug detoxification unit
  • Ongoing analyses of patient and counselor utterances

Education in Behavioral Medicine

  • Ongoing inter-professional course in Applied Behavioral Medicine, KI
  • Internationell MOOC in Behavioral Medicine

Selected publications

Changes in mental and physical well-being among problematic alcohol and drug users in 12-month Internet-based intervention trials.
Berman A, Wennberg P, Sinadinovic K
Psychol Addict Behav 2015 Mar;29(1):97-105

Mobile phone brief intervention applications for risky alcohol use among university students: a randomized controlled study.
Gajecki M, Berman A, Sinadinovic K, Rosendahl I, Andersson C
Addict Sci Clin Pract 2014 Jul;9():11

Design and development of a Telephone-Linked Care (TLC) system to reduce impulsivity among violent forensic outpatients and probationers.
Berman A, Farzanfar R, Kristiansson M, Carlbring P, Friedman R
J Med Syst 2012 Jun;36(3):1031-42

The self-report Drug Use Disorders Identification Test: Extended (DUDIT-E): reliability, validity, and motivational index.
Berman A, Palmstierna T, Källmén H, Bergman H
J Subst Abuse Treat 2007 Jun;32(4):357-69

Evaluation of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) in criminal justice and detoxification settings and in a Swedish population sample.
Berman A, Bergman H, Palmstierna T, Schlyter F
Eur Addict Res 2005 ;11(1):22-31

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