Personality and Risk for Substance Abuse: Background, Content, and Evidence-Base for the Preventure  Program for Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2017/06/23 18:14

The Preventure program is a substance abuse prevention program that targets four groups of adolescents at risk: impulsive, sensation seeking, hopeless, and anxiety sensitive youth. Using psychoeducational, cognitive, and behavioral strategies delivered to personality-specific groups of youth in the schools, the Preventure program has been shown in a set of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to have lasting effects on adolescents’ mental health and addictive behaviors. For example, the anxiety sensitivity intervention reduces panic attacks, drinking behavior, and alcohol-related problems, and the sensation seeking intervention is particularly effective for reducing and preventing growth in youth cannabis use. In this webinar, Dr. Stewart will begin by introducing the background theory and research that stimulated the development of the Preventure program. She will then provide an overview of the content and structure of the intervention. Finally, she will review the established evidence base for the program and plans for next steps in the Preventure research program.

Preventure has been reviewed and recommended by SAMSHA’s National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction. For a full description, please see the 2017 UNESCO-UNODC-WHO Joint publication: Education sector responses to the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs at:

Click here to download Dr. Stewart's presentation slides.

stewart.jpgDr. Sherry Stewart, Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS Canada, B3H 4R2

Sherry H. Stewart, Ph.D., holds a CIHR Tier 1 Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health and is a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University.  Dr. Stewart is also a licensed clinical psychologist in the province of Nova Scotia. She is well known for her research on psychological factors (i.e., personality, motives) contributing to alcohol abuse, pathological gambling, and the comorbidity of emotional and addictive disorders. Dr. Stewart is interested in applying the findings of her research to provide evidence to guide clinical interventions for individuals living with different emotional and addictive disorders. Dr. Stewart, along with Dr. Patricia Conrod co-developed the school-based substance abuse prevention program, Preventure, which is now used in several countries around the world (e.g. the UK, Australia, the Netherlands). Dr. Stewart is a member of the Scientific Advisory to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Gambling Issues. Dr. Stewart founded the Centre for Addiction Research at Dalhousie (CARD), a virtual centre at Dalhousie fostering collaborations among faculty members conducting research on addiction, and is on the steering committee of the Quebec-Maritimes node of the CIHR-funded Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM). She is Co-Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry, and co-directs the new MSc program in psychiatry research at Dalhousie. Dr. Stewart receives funding from several research agencies including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), the National Center for Responsible Gambling (NCRG), and the Manitoba Gambling Research Program (MGRP).

Created by Ann Watkins on 2017/05/30 20:09