FY13 Pilot Projects

COBRE-funded Pilot Projects initiated in FY13

Project Title:Development of a Computerized Adaptive Testing Program for Alaska Natives Project
Leader: Carlotta Ching Ting Fok, Ph.D.
Two-year project funded through June 30, 2014
Summary: This project focuses on the development of a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) program as an alternative to conventional testing approaches for Alaska Natives (ANs). Conventional approaches  assessing risk and protective factors may be culturally inappropriate with AN populations because of the large number of items required. CAT provides an alternative that can dramatically reduce the burden of assessments in research and in clinical applications.


Project Title: Exploring how Alaska Native cultural values are interconnected with cancer
Project Leader: Ellen D.S. Lopez, Ph.D.
Two-year project funded through June 30, 2014
Summary: Cancer is currently the leading cause of death among Alaska Native people. This study will engage the Alaska Native community in visually and verbally exploring and documenting local perspectives about cancer and its interrelationship with Native values. It will then evaluate community agreement on which Alaska Native values can become tools for addressing priority stressors, and how this will be accomplished.

Project Title: Attitudes Toward Alcohol Misuse Programs Among Alaska Native College Students
Project Leader: Monica C. Skewes, Ph.D.
Two-year project funded through June 30, 2014
Summary: Despite Alaska Native (AN) peoples having worse alcohol outcomes and a distinct history that has strongly shaped beliefs about alcohol, research has not examined attitudes toward alcohol treatment among AN people who may benefit from intervention. As a result, there is a lack of effective treatment programs to address alcohol misuse among ANs who are at risk of developing alcohol use disorders, such as college student drinkers. This research aims to collect exploratory qualitative data regarding AN students' perceptions of two contrasting approaches to alcohol treatment--harm reduction and abstinence-only—to guide the development or cultural adaptation of an evidence-based secondary prevention program aimed at reducing alcohol-related consequences among AN college students.
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