SBIR and STTR Success Story for
Behavior Therapy Associates LLP

(Information Posted/Updated on 09/09/2007)

Behavior Therapy Associates LLP
9426 Indian School Rd NE
Ste 1
Albuquerque, NM  87112

Contact:    Reid K Hester, Ph.D.
Phone:      505-345-6100
Fax:          505-345-4531
Web Site:

Project Title:  Brief intervention for alcoholism via computer software
Related Award(s):  R44AA11703
Technology Developed:
1. A Windows-based brief motivational intervention for problem drinkers, the Drinker's Check-up (DCU).

2. A follow-up Windows program that automates collection of follow-up data and provides outcome report functions, the Follow-up Drinker's Check-up (FDCU).

3. A web application for the general public that parallels the Windows version of the DCU.

Key Words:  alcohol problems, brief intervention, computer intervention, program evaluation.
Uses of Technology/Products/Service:
The DCU web application for the general public is for heavy drinkers who have experienced alcohol-related problems or are at risk for developing alcohol problems. It helps them resolve their ambivalence about changing and enhances their internal motivation to change their drinking. The Windows programs are designed for use in healthcare clinics and treatment programs. The DCU does the same thing as the web application but the Windows program has an Administrator's module in which therapists can manage the database. The FDCU allows providers to collect follow-up data at up to 3 follow-up points. It also has extensive outcome report features that can be used both clinically and in program evaluation.

How Product Was Commercialized:
Both products were ready for release to the public by the end of the research grant. The web application is marketed through ads on Google and addiction related web sites.

Other Comments Related to Company's Success Story:
The Windows programs are being used in a wide variety of clinical settings. One project recently contracted for 25 site licenses for use for 5 years. It is being used by alcohol treatment programs, DWI programs, and in primary healthcare clinics.

We have signed agreements with Hazelden Foundation and the University of New Mexico's Science & Technology Corporation to distribute the Windows version of the DCU/FDCU.

The DCU web application screens and provides feedback to, on average, 300 drinkers per month (with the AUDIT). We have adapted the DCU web application for use in a pilot study of prevention and early intervention for the military under a subcontract to RTI International. Outcome data from that pilot study are being collected now (9/06). This is Project PATROL.

If the outcome data shows efficacy DoD may implement Project PATROL in all the services.

The DCU project also resulted in PI Hester receiving the 2005 Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden Foundation for advancing knowledge in the addictions. Our company also received a 2006 Tibbetts Award for excellence in SBIR research for this project.

We are currently adapting the DCU for use with heavy drinking college students. This program, the College Drinker's Check-up (CDCU) and Follow-up College Drinker's Check-up (FCDCU) is awaiting Phase II SBIR funding (9/06).

Past R&D and/or Sales from this Project:   $250,000+
Estimated Future Annual R&D and/or Sales from this Project:   $55-60K