R. K. Hester

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The objective of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a computer-delivered intervention (CDI) to reduce heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems in college students in two randomized clinical trials. In Experiment 1, we randomized 144 students to either the CDI or an assessment-only control group with follow-ups at 1 and 12 months. In(More)
The practice-onented handbook describes a wide range of research-tested approaches for treating alcohol problems. Intended for use by practitioners, this handbook provides discussions of theoretical and conceptual models, along with empirically based guidelines for matching clients and interventions. Each method is described in detail, with focus on the(More)
Forty nonalcoholic heavy drinkers were randomly assigned to receive a computer-based version of behavioral self-control training either immediately after pretreatment assessment or after a 10-week waiting period. Results at each of 3 follow-ups strongly support the study hypotheses. Participants in the immediate treatment group significantly reduced their(More)
Interest in assessing and treating a variety of psychological conditions with software programs is increasing rapidly. This article reviews a software program for problem drinkers entitled the Drinker's Check-Up (DCU) and illustrates its use with three patients. The DCU is based on the principles of brief motivational interventions and can be used as a(More)
NIDA Research Monographs are prepared by the research divisions of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and published by its Office of Science. The primary objective of the series is to provide critical reviews of research problem areas and techniques, the content of state-of-the-art conferences, and integrative research reviews. Its dual publication(More)
BACKGROUND Overcoming Addictions (OA) is an abstinence-oriented, cognitive behavioral, Web application based on the program of SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery is an organization that has adapted empirically supported treatment strategies for use in a mutual help framework with in-person meetings, online meetings, a forum, and other resources. OBJECTIVE To(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the feasibility of videotaped training for obstetric care practitioners in motivational interviewing skills that could be used in brief patient consultations on problem drinking. METHODS Thirty health care practitioners participated in a clinical trial using a 20-minute videotape to instruct them in motivational interviewing.(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of a web-based protocol, ModerateDrinking.com (MD; www.moderatedrinking.com) combined with use of the online resources of Moderation Management (MM; www.moderation.org) as opposed to the use of the online resources of MM alone. METHOD We randomly assigned 80 problem drinkers to either the experimental or control(More)