Substance Use Decision Making

Adult decision making research has long recognized a dual-process model that includes both systematic, analytical processing, and heuristic, nonreflective processing systems. However, this model has received scant attention in developmental research, especially research on children at risk for substance use.  This project seeks to fill in the gaps in our understanding of the dual-process model as it applies to children’s substance use decisions.

The Substance Use Decision making Study (SUDS) is a five-year NIDA funded research project that follows approximately 500 high risk children ages 10-12 years for three years. Included in the study are measures of analytical thinking skills, heuristic processing, thinking styles, and intelligence.  For more information contact Joan Barth.

PI: John Bolland (University of Alabama-Birmingham)
Co-Investigators: Joan Barth, Debra McCallum, Nancy Rhodes (ISSR),
Jamie DeCoster, Beverly Roskos-Ewoldsen, Dave Roskos-Ewoldsen, Tom Ward (Psychology), Brad Lian (University of Alabama-Birmingham)