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Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction

The Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction is a joint endeavor of the Colleges of Education and Health Sciences, providing coordinated and complementary information dissemination, training and professional development opportunities, research and program evaluation services for behavioral health and addiction prevention and treatment professionals and organizations at Boise State and in the community, and fostering community and legislative relationships throughout the state of Idaho. The Institute also houses the Idaho Regional Alcohol Drug Awareness Resource Center (RADAR), the only clearinghouse for substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment print, video and electronic resources and resource referral for citizens residing in the state of Idaho. The Institute is the training arm of the Department of Counselor Education, providing training workshops for continuing education for counselors and other professionals.

Leadership Team

  • Dr. Diana Doumas, Director
  • Dr. Susan Esp, Associate Director and Co-Training Coordinator
  • Dr. Raissa Miller, Co-Training Coordinator
  • Dr. Michael Russo, Community and Legislative Relationships Coordinator
  • Dr. Nate Williams, Research and Program Evaluation Coordinator
  • Leah Kalk, RADAR Director

Select Research Grants/Contracts

  • Nate Williams, PI; Susan Esp, Co-I. Randomized Trial of a Leadership and Organizational Change Strategy to Improve the Implementation and Sustainment of Digital Measurement-based Care in Youth Mental Health Services, NIMH, R01. This project examines the impact of the LOCI intervention on clinician fidelity to measurement-based care and youth outcomes.
  • Nate Williams, PI. Generating Accurate Estimates of Required Sample Size for Multilevel Implementation Studies in Mental Health, NIMH, R21. This project collects national data to guide the design of implementation studies in behavioral health.
  • Nate Williams, Co-PI. Validation of a Causal Model of Implementation, NIMH, R01. This project tests the validity of a causal model of therapists’ fidelity to cognitive-behavioral therapy components in community mental health clinics.
  • Nate Williams, PI. Enhancing Routine Clinical Supervision to Improve MBC Fidelity and Clinical Outcomes, NIMH, R01 Administrative Supplement. This project examines how clinical supervision affects measurement-based care implementation.
  • Aida Midgett, PI; Diana Doumas, Co-I. Development of the Teacher STAC Module for Middle School Students, Mental Research Institute. This project supports the development of a Teacher Module for the STAC bullying intervention.
  • Aida Midgett, PI; Diana Doumas, Co-I. Development, Acceptability, and Short-Term Outcomes of a Parent Module for a Brief, Bullying Bystander Intervention for Middle School Students in Rural, Low-Income Communities, National Institutes of Health, CTR-IN Pilot Grant. This project supports the development of a Parent Module for the STAC bullying intervention.
  • Diana Doumas, PI. Alcohol Use Prevention for High School Students, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This grant provides alcohol prevention programing to high school students and their parents.
  • Diana Doumas, Program Evaluator. Drug Free Communities Grant, SAMHSA. This grant supports funding for DrugFree Idaho, Inc. to provide substance use prevention programming in Boise and Garden City.

Select Service Grants/Contracts

  • Diana Doumas, PI. Funding from the SAMHSA Block Grant administered by the Office of Drug Policy supports the RADAR Center as well as providing funding for the Annual Prevention Training Institute and other activities related to substance use prevention in the state of Idaho.
  • Leah Kalk, Program Director. Funding from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Tobacco Prevention Program supports the RADAR Center.
  • Nate Williams, MPI; James Beauchemin, MPI Funding from the Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Family and Community Services to conduct a child welfare needs assessment and gaps analysis.

Doctoral Student Research Grants

Research grants are available to support doctoral student behavioral health and addictions-related research.  For more information please go to:


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