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Stacy Sterling, DrPH, MSW, MPH


Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 891-3614 (phone)

Stacy Sterling, DrPH, MSW, MPH, is with the Drug and Alcohol Research Team (DART) and the Behavioral Health Research Initiative. She received her doctoral training at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, and her Master's degrees in Public Health and Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include developing systems for implementing evidence-based, integrated, behavioral health services into primary care, adolescent behavioral health prevention and early intervention, and alcohol and drug and mental health treatment outcomes and access. She is the Principal Investigator of a study funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to develop predictive models for adolescent substance use problem development; the Kaiser Permanente Principal Investigator on a trial funded by the Hilton Foundation of single vs. multisession screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for adolescents and parents in pediatric primary care; the Kaiser Permanente Principal Investigator of an National Institutes of Health National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction adolescent SBIRT trial in pediatric primary care and of an NIH/NIAAA survey of pediatrician attitudes toward and practices of adolescent behavioral-health risk screening and intervention; and of studies funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of adolescents in drug and alcohol treatment in Kaiser Permanente. She has overseen the implementation of region-wide alcohol SBIRT in Kaiser Permanente Northern California adult primary care.

Current Position(s):

  • Research Scientist II, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Co-Director, Center for Addiction and Mental Health Research, Division of Research
  • Member, National Scientific Council on Adolescence

Section Affiliations:

Primary Research Interests:

  • Adolescent behavioral health (risk behavior prevention and early intervention)
  • Integrated behavioral health care
  • Implementation science
  • Alcohol and drug services research: outcomes, access and cost and utilization
  • Behavioral health policy
  • Childhood trauma and toxic stress

    Identifying Best Practices of Early Phase Pediatric Eating Disorder Care

    This study examines associations between different degrees of adherence to components of the Family Based Therapy model of care for adolescent eating disorders and clinical quality outcomes among the outpatient programs in medical centers across Kaiser Permanente Northern California. We will also examine whether health disparities based on race/ethnicity exist in the outpatient treatment setting and explore system innovations and opportunities to address the needs of our patients from diverse backgrounds.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: TPMG Delivery Science Projects Program

    Implementation of Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in a Health System: Sustainability, Fidelity and Patient Outcomes, Covid-19 Supplement

    This study examines the increase in alcohol consumption during the Covid-19 pandemic and the major shift to virtual treatment modalities for alcohol problems, with a focus on potential disparities in treatment access, by race, ethnicity, age and gender. Understanding potential inequities in access is critical to improving quality of care and outcomes for underserved populations.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Addiction Telemedicine Consultation in Primary Care: Increasing Access to Pharmacotherapy and Specialty Treatment for Alcohol Problems

    A cluster-randomized trial of Addiction Medicine consultation (AMC) for primary care physicians (PCPs) and patients examining the effectiveness of a telehealth AMC intervention on initiation of alcohol use treatment, anti-craving medication and/or specialty addiction treatment initiation, and on patient alcohol use outcomes.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Mental Health Research Network III

    The Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) is a consortium of 13 health system research centers, embedded in large and diverse healthcare systems, dedicated to improving patient mental health through research, practice, and policy; with expertise in mental health research as well as disciplines such as epidemiology, health services, economics, disparities, outcomes and quality assessment, and pragmatic clinical trials.  MHRN is the nation's preeminent source of population-based research on mental health, partnering with health systems that finance and provide care of a diverse population of over 12.5 million people in 15 states to: 1) Identify research questions that matter to patients, healthcare providers, and healthcare systems; 2) Efficiently answer those questions involving real-world patients and providers; and 3) Disseminate and implement research results.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

    Effects of Medical Products on Suicidal Ideation and Behavior: Real World Evidence

    This study will provide a comprehensive program of infrastructure development, methods development, and innovative research to generate real-world evidence addressing critical gaps in the regulation of medical products. We will explore four related issues: Potential for existing medical products to precipitate suicidal ideation and behavior; potential for existing medical products to reduce risk of suicidal behavior; potential for anticipated new medical products to reduce risk of suicidal behavior; and individual variation in liability to both adverse and therapeutic effects.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    Expanding the Scope and Reach of Adolescent Substance Use Early Intervention Research

    This study explores the enduring impact of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) delivered in pediatric primary care, on young adults. We will examine substance use, mental health and medical outcomes, and health services utilization and cost over 7 years in a sample of young adults who had access to SBIRT services as part of a pragmatic, randomized trial of adolescent SBIRT originally funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. A separate aim of this project involves collecting and analyzing focus group data from parents and clinicians to develop compelling strategies and usable formats for disseminating findings a study which developed machine learning models to predict the development of adolescent substance-use disorders.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

    Implementation of Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in a Health System: Sustainability, Fidelity, and Patient Outcomes

    Using a theory-driven conceptual framework, this multimethod study examines factors that facilitate or impede the successful implementation and long-term sustainability of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for risky alcohol use in real-world health care settings. This study will use electronic health record data, qualitative physician and staff interviews, and patient surveys, to examine: 1) What factors predict alcohol SBIRT facility- and clinician-level implementation outcomes (rates of alcohol use screening, brief intervention, follow-up screening and intervention, referral to addiction treatment, specialty alcohol treatment initiation, and SBIRT sustainability); 2) How facility- and clinician-level implementation outcomes affect patient drinking outcomes; and 3) How brief intervention fidelity and quality is related to patient drinking outcomes. Key policy implications include improving health plan structures that facilitate alcohol SBIRT implementation and SBIRT best practices and sustainability.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Evaluating the Impact of Changes in Opioid Prescribing Across Health Systems Implementing Zero Suicide

    Henry Ford Health System, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and Kaiser Permanente Southern California are implementing the National Zero Suicide Model (NZSM), and have received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to evaluate fidelity and suicide outcomes. This presents a unique opportunity to study the NZSM within the context of large, diverse systems with defined patient populations, thus enabling measurement of suicide attempt and death outcomes. This mixed-methods project seeks to optimize metrics for measurement of specific care processes in each region using longitudinal electronic health records (EHRs) with discrete data fields that are easily extractable and generalizable to other systems. Parallel change in opioid prescribing across systems will be analyzed and its impact evaluated as a system-level means reduction approach within the context of NZSM implementation.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

    A Pragmatic Trial of Parent-Focused Prevention in Pediatric Primary Care: Implementation and Adolescent Health Outcomes in Three Health Systems

    This study involves a partnership between Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Henry Ford Health System, and the University of Washington Social Development Research Group. The collaborators will conduct a pragmatic trial testing the feasibility and health impact of delivering an evidence-based, universal prevention program to parents of 11- and 12-year-olds in a pediatric primary care setting. Study objectives are to determine whether: 1) pediatric primary care clinics are a viable location for recruiting and engaging families in parent-focused prevention programs, 2) programs can be delivered with adequate fidelity, 3) stakeholders (parents, physicians and clinic staff, and program providers) are satisfied with the delivery of parent-focused prevention programs in pediatric primary care settings, and 4) program delivery is effective in preventing early initiation of substance use, depression and anxiety symptoms, delinquent behavior, and other risky behaviors common in adolescence.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

    Evaluation of a Clinical Quality Improvement Pilot of Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening and Brief Intervention in Pediatric Primary Care

    This study will evaluate a quality improvement pilot project being conducted at pediatrics departments in the greater Kaiser Permanente Southern Alameda County area. The pilot project involves screening children at 1-to-5-year-old well child visits for adverse childhood experiences or trauma exposure and providing clinical follow-up and information and referral services for those who screen positive. This project aims to 1) evaluate the acceptability to clinicians of screening for adverse childhood experiences, 2) measure screening rates for adverse childhood experiences following the change in workflow, 3) evaluate the acceptability of such screening to parents, and 4) examine overall prevalence of adverse childhood experiences or trauma exposure among parents of patients receiving pediatric care. The study will test how demographic characteristics (race and ethnicity, age, gender, socio-economic status, insurance type) and clinical factors, including medical and psychiatric diagnoses, relate to prevalence and number of adverse childhood experiences and examine associations between such experiences and health and mental health comorbidities, as well as care services utilization.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: The Permanente Medical Group

    An Evaluation of the National Zero Suicide Model Across Learning Health Care Systems

    This study seeks to develop metrics for evaluation of the Zero Suicide model across five integrated health care systems. These metrics will be used to investigate model fidelity and suicide behavior outcomes across sites. More specifically, this project aims to: 1) Collaborate with health system leaders to develop electronic health record metrics to measure specific quality improvement targets and care processes tailored to local National Zero Suicide Model implementation, 2) Examine the quality and fidelity of the specific National Zero Suicide Model care processes implemented in each system, and 3) Investigate suicide attempt and suicide mortality outcomes within and across systems.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health

    Population-Based Screening and Brief Intervention in Primary Care: Health and Drinking Outcomes, Cost and Utilization

    In June 2013, Kaiser Permanente Northern California incorporated alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) into the clinical workflow of its Adult Medicine program, alongside other preventive health measures (e.g., smoking screening, exercise, cancer screening, etc.). SBIRT has demonstrated effectiveness in improving drinking outcomes among primary care patients. However, these patients frequently have comorbid conditions that also require management by primary care physicians. Beyond drinking outcomes, what if any additional beneficial health outcomes can be attributed to SBIRT for primary care patients who drink above recommended guidelines? Using population-level data, this observational, prospective cohort study will examine the effects of system-wide implementation of alcohol SBIRT in adult primary care within Kaiser Permanente Northern California, with a focus on health and drinking outcomes, as well as health care utilization and costs, over time.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Detection, Treatment and Follow-up of Unrecognized Behavioral Health Problems in the Emergency Department

    Behavioral health (BH) problems frequently exacerbate medical conditions of emergency department (ED) patients and contribute to ongoing suboptimal healthcare utilization. Because non-crisis BH problems are often undetected in the ED, we evaluate an innovative model of care that incorporates a BH resource person in the ED to address the BH concerns of non-critical ED patients. This evaluation study examines the feasibility and impact of this model of care on patients’ service utilization patterns in a before/after interventional study design. We characterize the types and scope of BH problems among all adult (18+ years old) patients with non-critical medical conditions presenting for care in the San Leandro Medical Center ED during a 16-month period (8 months pre-implementation of the BH resource person and 8 months post). Our research questions are: (1) To what extent does this model of care improve the detection, brief treatment, and follow-up of ED patients with non-crisis BH conditions? (2) What is its impact on ED patient flow as well as care team attitudes toward behavioral problems? We will use the electronic health record to characterize BH diagnoses and symptomatology among the non-critical ED population as well as to measure rates of specialty BH treatment (Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency) referral, initiation and engagement, ED and primary care utilization, and use of KPNC electronic resources, such as the patient portal. We also examine the feasibility of embedding a BH resource person in the ED.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: Northern California Community Benefit Programs

    Video Consultation to Increase Integration of Primary Care and Addiction Medicine and Improve Alcohol-Related Health Outcomes

    KPNC has been a leader in implementing alcohol SBIRT as part of routine primary care with its Alcohol as a Vital Sign initiative, which involves medical assistants (MAs) screening all patients in Adult Medicine and Family Practice for alcohol problems, and primary care providers (PCPs) delivering brief advice to patients who screen positive. However, brief primary-care interventions have been less successful at addressing the needs of patients with more severe alcohol problems. For this pilot study, we will utilize existing technologies to develop and pilot the use of KPNC secure video consultations by Addiction Medicine clinicians with patients and physicians in primary care. The team has already formed strong working relationships with key stakeholders in KPNC Primary Care, Addiction Medicine, and Information Technology.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: Garfield Memorial Fund

    Development of Predictive Models for the Development of Adolescent Substance Use Problems

    The objective of this study is to develop models to predict the development of substance use disorders (SUDs) among adolescents in four health systems: KPNC, KPHI, Henry Ford and Geisinger. We will focus on EHR data available during study period from birth cohorts with dates of birth occurring during 1997-2003 to examine the predictors of developing a SUD between the ages of 12-18. We will use the data infrastructure and resources of the Addiction Research Network of the HCSRNs VDW to develop predictive models for the development of adolescent SUDs. The four systems offer significant geographic, demographic, delivery design, and socioeconomic and epidemiological diversity, enhancing the generalizability of findings while also providing significant coverage of the national population. The goal is to identify high risk children for feasible, cost-effective, targeted prevention and intervention.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

    Evaluation of SBIRT for Adolescents in School and Pediatric Health Settings

    This study examines the effectiveness of a group intervention (“Teen MPower”) for adolescents with behavioral health problems at improving patient outcomes and increasing specialty behavioral health treatment access, and examining barriers to and facilitators of implementation. Behavioral health problems – depression, anxiety, stress and alcohol and drug use – are highly prevalent among adolescents, nationally and within KPNC. These problems are associated with costly utilization, cause significant distress and morbidity, and if left unaddressed, often require specialty psychiatric or chemical dependency treatment. This group intervention offers a potentially cost-effective alternative to individualized interventions. We use a randomized controlled trial design to implement two study arms, Teen MPower Groups and Individual Brief Intervention sessions. We assess patients at intake, immediately post-intervention, and at 6 months to collect patient outcomes (e.g. substance use, mood and anxiety symptoms, and related problems stressors). We use Health Connect data to compare specialty treatment engagement. We closely observe the implementation process to examine the factors which may facilitate or impede implementation. This study will take place in two settings: KP Oakland Pediatrics and high schools in Minnesota, and the two study components are conducted completely independently, aside from regular collaborative calls between the study teams. The study will compare effectiveness of different aspects of the model by site.
    Investigator: Sterling, Stacy
    Funder: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
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    Effectiveness of spironolactone dispensation in reducing weekly alcohol use: a retrospective high-dimensional propensity score-matched cohort study

    Author(s): Palzes VA; Farokhnia M; Kline-Simon AH; Elson J; Sterling S; Leggio L; Weisner C; Chi FW

    Neuropsychopharmacology. 2021 Aug 02.

    PubMed abstract

    Engagement in perinatal depression treatment: a qualitative study of barriers across and within racial/ethnic groups

    Author(s): Iturralde E; Hsiao CA; Nkemere L; Kubo A; Sterling SA; Flanagan T; Avalos LA

    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 Jul 16;21(1):512. Epub 2021-07-16.

    PubMed abstract

    Physical, Mental Health and Developmental Conditions, and Sociodemographic Characteristics Associated With Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Young Children in Pediatric Primary Care

    Author(s): Sterling S; Iturralde E; Young-Wolff K; Metz VE; Espinas P; et al.

    J Pediatr Health Care. 2021 Jul 02.

    PubMed abstract

    Connecting Research and Practice: Implementation of Suicide Prevention Strategies in Learning Health Care Systems

    Author(s): Rossom RC; Sterling S; Liu V; Simon GE; et al.

    Psychiatr Serv. 2021 Jun 30:appips202000596.

    PubMed abstract

    Accounting for quality improvement during the conduct of embedded pragmatic clinical trials within healthcare systems: NIH Collaboratory case studies

    Author(s): Tuzzio L; Sterling SA; Larson EB; et al.

    Healthc (Amst). 2021 Jun;8 Suppl 1:100432. Epub 2021-06-23.

    PubMed abstract

    Predictors of Early and Sustained Cessation of Heavy Drinking Over 5 Years Among Adult Primary Care Patients

    Author(s): Palzes VA; Kline-Simon AH; Satre DD; Sterling S; Weisner C; Chi FW

    Addiction. 2021 Jun 22.

    PubMed abstract

    An implementation evaluation of Zero Suicide using normalization process theory to support high-quality care for patients at risk of suicide

    Author(s): Richards JE; Sterling SA; Ahmedani BK; et al.

    Implement Res Pract. 2021 Jan 01;2. Epub 2021-05-24.

    PubMed abstract

    Predicting adolescent alcohol and other drug problems using electronic health records data

    Author(s): Chi FW; Alexeeff S; Ahmedani B; Boscarino JA; Waitzfelder B; Dugan R; Frankland T; Hu Y; Loree A; Sterling S

    J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 May 21;132:108487. Epub 2021-05-21.

    PubMed abstract

    Engaging patients in population-based chronic disease management: A qualitative study of barriers and intervention opportunities

    Author(s): Fang A; Abdelgadir D; Gopalan A; Ross T; Uratsu CS; Sterling SA; Grant RW; Iturralde E

    Patient Educ Couns. 2021 May 04.

    PubMed abstract

    Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early and Continued Breastfeeding: Findings from an Integrated Health Care Delivery System

    Author(s): Watson C; Wei J; Varnado N; Rios N; Flanagan T; Alabaster A; Staunton M; Sterling SA; Gunderson E; Young-Wolff KC

    J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021 Feb 04.

    PubMed abstract

    Nicotine and cannabis vaping among adolescents in treatment for substance use disorders

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Adams SR; Sterling SA; Tan ASL; Salloum RG; Torre K; Carter-Harris L; Prochaska JJ

    J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 06;125:108304. Epub 2021-01-27.

    PubMed abstract

    The relationship of smoking and unhealthy alcohol use to the HIV care continuum among people with HIV in an integrated health care system

    Author(s): Satre DD; Sterling SA; Young-Wolff KC; Lam JO; Alexeeff S; Hojilla JC; Weisner C; Silverberg MJ; et al.

    Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 Feb 01;219:108481. Epub 2021-01-08.

    PubMed abstract

    Three-Year Outcomes After Brief Treatment of Substance Use and Mood Symptoms

    Author(s): Parthasarathy S; Kline-Simon AH; Jones A; Hartman L; Saba K; Weisner C; Sterling S

    Pediatrics. 2021 Jan;147(1).

    PubMed abstract

    Treatment for Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Strategies

    Author(s): Satre DD; Iturralde E; Ghadiali M; Young-Wolff KC; Campbell CI; Leibowitz AS; Sterling SA

    J Addict Med. 2020 12;14(6):e293-e296.

    PubMed abstract

    Premature mortality associated with severe mental illness or substance use disorder in an integrated health care system

    Author(s): Iturralde E; Slama N; Kline-Simon AH; Young-Wolff KC; Mordecai D; Sterling SA

    Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2020 Nov 10;68:1-6. Epub 2020-11-10.

    PubMed abstract

    Associations Between Psychiatric Disorders and Alcohol Consumption Levels in an Adult Primary Care Population

    Author(s): Palzes VA; Parthasarathy S; Chi FW; Kline-Simon AH; Lu Y; Weisner C; Ross TB; Elson J; Sterling SA

    Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2020 Nov 05.

    PubMed abstract

    Health System-Based Unhealthy Alcohol Use Screening and Treatment Comparing Demographically-Matched Participants With and Without HIV

    Author(s): Silverberg MJ; Alexeeff SE; Lam JO; Weisner CM; Sterling SA; Satre DD; et al.

    Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2020 Oct 17.

    PubMed abstract

    Estimates of Workload Associated With Suicide Risk Alerts After Implementation of Risk-Prediction Model

    Author(s): Kline-Simon AH; Sterling S; Young-Wolff K; Simon G; Lu Y; Does M; Liu V

    JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Oct 01;3(10):e2021189. Epub 2020-10-01.

    PubMed abstract

    Screening for Gender Identity in Adolescent Well Visits: Is It Feasible and Acceptable?

    Author(s): Lau JS; Kline-Simon A; Sterling S; Hojilla JC; Hartman L

    J Adolesc Health. 2020 Aug 22.

    PubMed abstract

    The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Adult Alcohol Registry, an Electronic Health Records-Based Registry of Patients With Alcohol Problems: Development and Implementation

    Author(s): Palzes VA; Weisner C; Chi FW; Kline-Simon AH; Satre DD; Hirschtritt ME; Ghadiali M; Sterling S

    JMIR Med Inform. 2020 Jul 22;8(7):e19081. Epub 2020-07-22.

    PubMed abstract

    HIV Stigma and Its Associations with Longitudinal Health Outcomes Among Persons Living with HIV with a History of Unhealthy Alcohol Use

    Author(s): Hojilla JC; Santiago-Rodriguez EI; Sterling S; Williams EC; Leyden W; Hare CB; Silverberg MJ; Satre DD

    AIDS Behav. 2020 Jul 06.

    PubMed abstract

    Remission From Unhealthy Drinking Among Patients With an Alcohol Use Disorder: A Longitudinal Study Using Systematic, Primary Care-Based Alcohol Screening Data

    Author(s): Palzes VA; Kline-Simon AH; Satre DD; Sterling S; Weisner C; Chi FW

    J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2020 Jul;81(4):436-445.

    PubMed abstract

    Smoking and cessation treatment among persons with and without HIV in a U.S. integrated health system

    Author(s): Lam JO; Levine-Hall T; Hood N; Alexeeff SE; Horberg MA; Young-Wolff KC; Sterling SA; Williams A; Weisner C; Satre DD; Silverberg MJ

    Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Aug 01;213:108128. Epub 2020-06-18.

    PubMed abstract

    A Telemedicine Approach to Increase Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder in Primary Care: A Pilot Feasibility Study

    Author(s): Leibowitz A; Satre DD; Lu W; Weisner C; Corriveau C; Gizzi E; Sterling S

    J Addict Med. 2020 May 27.

    PubMed abstract

    Associations Between Medical Conditions and Alcohol Consumption Levels in an Adult Primary Care Population

    Author(s): Sterling SA; Palzes VA; Lu Y; Kline-Simon AH; Parthasarathy S; Ross T; Elson J; Weisner C; Maxim C; Chi FW

    JAMA Netw Open. 2020 May 01;3(5):e204687. Epub 2020-05-01.

    PubMed abstract

    Addressing Problems With Alcohol and Other Substances Among Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Author(s): Satre DD; Hirschtritt ME; Silverberg MJ; Sterling SA

    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2020 Apr 22.

    PubMed abstract

    The role of substance use disorders in experiencing a repeat opioid overdose, and substance use treatment patterns among patients with a non-fatal opioid overdose

    Author(s): Karmali RN; Ray GT; Rubinstein AL; Sterling SA; Weisner CM; Campbell CI

    Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Feb 20;209:107923. Epub 2020-02-20.

    PubMed abstract

    Chronic pain diagnoses and opioid dispensings among insured individuals with serious mental illness

    Author(s): Owen-Smith A; Sesay MM; Sterling SA; Campbell CI; Simon G; et al.

    BMC Psychiatry. 2020 Jan 31;20(1):40. Epub 2020-01-31.

    PubMed abstract

    Changing Results-Engage and Activate to Enhance Wellness: A Randomized Clinical Trial to Improve Cardiovascular Risk Management

    Author(s): Iturralde E; Sterling SA; Uratsu CS; Mishra P; Ross TB; Grant RW

    J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Dec 03;8(23):e014021. Epub 2019-11-30.

    PubMed abstract

    PROMIS® Pediatric Depressive Symptoms as a Harmonized Score Metric

    Author(s): Kaat AJ; Kallen MA; Nowinski CJ; Sterling SA; Westbrook SR; Peters JT

    J Pediatr Psychol. 2019 Oct 21.

    PubMed abstract

    Association of Anxiety With High-Cost Health Care Use Among Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes

    Author(s): Iturralde E; Chi FW; Grant RW; Weisner C; Van Dyke L; Pruzansky A; Bui S; Madvig P; Pearl R; Sterling SA

    Diabetes Care. 2019 Jun 18.

    PubMed abstract

    Interventions to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use among Primary Care Patients with HIV: the Health and Motivation Randomized Clinical Trial

    Author(s): Satre DD; Leibowitz AS; Leyden W; Lam JO; Weisner CM; Sterling SA; Silverberg MJ; et al.

    J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jun 11.

    PubMed abstract

    Health Care Use Over 3 Years After Adolescent SBIRT

    Author(s): Sterling S; Kline-Simon AH; Jones A; Hartman L; Saba K; Weisner C; Parthasarathy S

    Pediatrics. 2019 May;143(5).

    PubMed abstract

    Challenges of Population-based Measurement of Suicide Prevention Activities Across Multiple Health Systems

    Author(s): Yarborough BJH; Ahmedani BK; Boggs JM; Beck A; Coleman KJ; Sterling S; Schoenbaum M; Goldstein-Grumet J; Simon GE

    EGEMS (Wash DC). 2019 Apr 12;7(1):13. Epub 2019-04-12.

    PubMed abstract

    Adverse childhood experiences, mental health, substance use, and HIV-related outcomes among persons with HIV

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Sarovar V; Sterling SA; Leibowitz A; McCaw B; Hare CB; Silverberg MJ; Satre DD

    AIDS Care. 2019 Mar 19:1-9.

    PubMed abstract

    Patient characteristics associated with treatment initiation and engagement among individuals diagnosed with alcohol and other drug use disorders in emergency department and primary care settings

    Author(s): Kline-Simon AH; Campbell CI; Weisner C; Sterling SA; Yarborough BJH; et al.

    Subst Abus. 2019 Jan 31:1-7.

    PubMed abstract

    Knowing How to Ask Good Questions: Comparing Latinos and Non-Latino Whites Enrolled in a Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Study

    Author(s): Torres DX; Lu WY; Uratsu CS; Sterling SA; Grant RW

    Perm J. 2019;23.

    PubMed abstract

    Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions During Pregnancy: The Role of Resilience

    Author(s): Young-Wolff KC; Alabaster A; McCaw B; Stoller N; Watson C; Sterling S; Ridout KK; Flanagan T

    J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 Sep 05.

    PubMed abstract

    Depression Screening Rates and Symptom Severity by Alcohol Use Among Primary Care Adult Patients

    Author(s): Hirschtritt ME; Kline-Simon AH; Kroenke K; Sterling SA

    J Am Board Fam Med. 2018 Sep-Oct;31(5):724-732.

    PubMed abstract

    Medical and non-medical marijuana use in depression: Longitudinal associations with suicidal ideation, everyday functioning, and psychiatry service utilization

    Author(s): Bahorik AL; Sterling SA; Campbell CI; Weisner C; Ramo D; Satre DD

    J Affect Disord. 2018 Dec 01;241:8-14. Epub 2018-07-17.

    PubMed abstract

    Association of behavioral health factors and social determinants of health with high and persistently high healthcare costs

    Author(s): Sterling S; Chi F; Weisner C; Grant R; Pruzansky A; Bui S; Madvig P; Pearl R

    Prev Med Rep. 2018 Sep;11:154-159. Epub 2018-06-27.

    PubMed abstract

    Pediatrician and Behavioral Clinician-Delivered Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment: Substance Use and Depression Outcomes

    Author(s): Sterling S; Kline-Simon AH; Weisner C; Jones A; Satre DD

    J Adolesc Health. 2018 Jan 23.

    PubMed abstract

    Adverse impact of marijuana use on clinical outcomes among psychiatry patients with depression and alcohol use disorder

    Author(s): Bahorik AL; Campbell CI; Sterling SA; Leibowitz A; Travis A; Weisner CM; Satre DD

    Psychiatry Res. 2017 Oct 19;259:316-322. Epub 2017-10-19.

    PubMed abstract

    CREATE Wellness: A multi-component behavioral intervention for patients not responding to traditional Cardiovascular disease management

    Author(s): Miller-Rosales C; Sterling SA; Wood SB; Ross T; Richardson MC; Samayoa C; Charvat-Aguilar N; Vo M; Whelan K; Uratsu CS; Grant RW; et al.

    Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2017 Dec;8:140-146. Epub 2017-10-04.

    PubMed abstract

    Specialty addiction and psychiatry treatment initiation and engagement: Results from an SBIRT randomized trial in pediatrics

    Author(s): Sterling S; Kline-Simon AH; Jones A; Satre DD; Parthasarathy S; Weisner C

    J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 Nov;82:48-54. Epub 2017-09-10.

    PubMed abstract

    Alcohol brief intervention in primary care: Blood pressure outcomes in hypertensive patients

    Author(s): Chi FW; Weisner CM; Mertens JR; Ross TB; Sterling SA

    J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 Jun;77:45-51. Epub 2017-03-22.

    PubMed abstract

    Socioeconomic differences in adolescent substance abuse treatment participation and long-term outcomes

    Author(s): Lui CK; Sterling SA; Chi FW; Lu Y; Campbell CI

    Addict Behav. 2017 May;68:45-51. Epub 2017-01-06.

    PubMed abstract

    Patterns of marijuana use among psychiatry patients with depression and its impact on recovery

    Author(s): Bahorik AL; Leibowitz A; Sterling SA; Travis A; Weisner C; Satre DD

    J Affect Disord. 2017 Apr 15;213:168-171. Epub 2017-02-14.

    PubMed abstract

    Marijuana use and service utilization among adolescents 7 years post substance use treatment

    Author(s): Campbell CI; Sterling S; Chi FW; Kline-Simon AH

    Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Aug 23;168:1-7. Epub 2016-8-23.

    PubMed abstract

    The role of hazardous drinking reductions in predicting depression and anxiety symptom improvement among psychiatry patients: A longitudinal study

    Author(s): Bahorik AL; Leibowitz A; Sterling SA; Travis A; Weisner C; Satre DD

    J Affect Disord. 2016 Jul 19;206:169-173. Epub 2016-7-19.

    PubMed abstract

    Examination of the Effects of an Intervention Aiming to Link Patients Receiving Addiction Treatment With Health Care: The LINKAGE Clinical Trial

    Author(s): Weisner CM; Chi FW; Lu Y; Ross TB; Wood SB; Hinman A; Pating D; Satre D; Sterling SA

    JAMA Psychiatry. 2016 Jun 22.

    PubMed abstract

    Physician versus non-physician delivery of alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment in adult primary care: the ADVISe cluster randomized controlled implementation trial

    Author(s): Mertens JR; Chi FW; Weisner CM; Satre DD; Ross TB; Allen S; Pating D; Campbell CI; Lu YW; Sterling SA

    Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2015;10(1):26. Epub 2015-11-19.

    PubMed abstract

    Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Adolescents in Pediatric Primary Care: A Cluster Randomized Trial

    Author(s): Sterling S; Kline-Simon AH; Satre DD; Jones A; Mertens J; Wong A; Weisner C

    JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Nov 2;169(11):e153145. Epub 2015-11-02.

    PubMed abstract

    Motivational interviewing to reduce hazardous drinking and drug use among depression patients

    Author(s): Satre DD; Delucchi K; Lichtmacher J; Sterling SA; Weisner C

    J Subst Abuse Treat. 2013 Mar;44(3):323-9. Epub 2012 Sep 19.

    PubMed abstract

    12-step participation and outcomes over 7 years among adolescent substance use patients with and without psychiatric comorbidity

    Author(s): Chi FW; Sterling S; Campbell CI; Weisner C

    Subst Abus. 2013;34(1):33-42.

    PubMed abstract

    Integrating Substance Use Treatment Into Adolescent Health Care

    Author(s): Sterling S; Valkanoff T; Hinman A; Weisner C

    Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2012 Oct;14(5):453-61.

    PubMed abstract

    Screening for adolescent alcohol and drug use in pediatric health-care settings: predictors and implications for practice and policy

    Author(s): Sterling S; Kline-Simon AH; Wibbelsman C; Wong A; Weisner C

    Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2012;7(1):13. Epub 2012-08-16.

    PubMed abstract

    Patterns of alcohol and drug use among depressed older adults seeking outpatient psychiatric services

    Author(s): Satre DD; Sterling SA; Mackin RS; Weisner C

    Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2011 Aug;19(8):695-703.

    PubMed abstract

    The time is now: missed opportunities to address patient needs in community clinics in Cape Town, South Africa

    Author(s): Sorsdahl K; Flisher AJ; Ward C; Mertens J; Bresick G; Sterling S; Weisner C

    Trop Med Int Health. 2010 Oct;15(10):1218-26.

    PubMed abstract

    Access to treatment for adolescents with substance use and co-occurring disorders: challenges and opportunities

    Author(s): Sterling S; Weisner C; Hinman A; Parthasarathy S

    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010 Jul;49(7):637-46; quiz 725-6. Epub 2010 May 8.

    PubMed abstract

    Cognitive functioning is related to physical functioning in a longitudinal study of women at midlife

    Author(s): Ford K; Sowers M; Seeman TE; Greendale GA; Sternfeld B; Everson-Rose SA

    Gerontology. 2010;56(3):250-8. Epub 2009 Oct 10.

    PubMed abstract

    Medical Conditions of Hazardous Drinkers and Drug Users in Primary Care Clinics in Cape Town, South Africa

    Author(s): Mertens JR; Flisher AJ; Ward CL; Bresick GF; Sterling SA; Weisner CM

    J Drug Issues. 2009 Oct;39(4).

    PubMed abstract

    Three-year chemical dependency and mental health treatment outcomes among adolescents: the role of continuing care

    Author(s): Sterling S; Chi F; Campbell C; Weisner C

    Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2009 Aug;33(8):1417-29. Epub 2009 Apr 30.

    PubMed abstract

    Twelve-Step affiliation and 3-year substance use outcomes among adolescents: social support and religious service attendance as potential mediators

    Author(s): Chi FW; Kaskutas LA; Sterling S; Campbell CI; Weisner C

    Addiction. 2009 Jun;104(6):927-39. Epub 2009 Mar 13.

    PubMed abstract

    Self-initiated tobacco cessation and substance use outcomes among adolescents entering substance use treatment in a managed care organization

    Author(s): Campbell CI; Chi F; Sterling S; Kohn C; Weisner C

    Addict Behav. 2009 Feb;34(2):171-9. Epub 2008 Oct 10.

    PubMed abstract

    Prevalence and correlates of substance use among South African primary care clinic patients

    Author(s): Ward CL; Mertens JR; Flisher AJ; Bresick GF; Sterling SA; Little F; Weisner CM

    Subst Use Misuse. 2008;43(10):1395-410.

    PubMed abstract

    Adolescents entering chemical dependency treatment in private managed care: ethnic differences in treatment initiation and retention

    Author(s): Campbell CI; Weisner C; Sterling S

    J Adolesc Health. 2006 Apr;38(4):343-50.

    PubMed abstract

    Translating research findings into practice: example of treatment services for adolescents in managed care

    Author(s): Sterling S; Weisner C

    Alcohol Res Health. 2006;29(1):11-8.

    PubMed abstract

    Adolescents with co-occurring substance use and mental conditions in a private managed care health plan: prevalence, patient characteristics, and treatment initiation and engagement

    Author(s): Chi FW; Sterling S; Weisner C

    Am J Addict. 2006;15 Suppl 1:67-79.

    PubMed abstract

    Adolescents in private chemical dependency programs: who are most at risk for HIV?

    Author(s): Ammon L; Sterling S; Mertens J; Weisner C

    J Subst Abuse Treat. 2005 Jul;29(1):39-45.

    PubMed abstract

    Chemical dependency and psychiatric services for adolescents in private managed care: implications for outcomes

    Author(s): Sterling S; Weisner C

    Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2005 May;29(5):801-9.

    PubMed abstract

    Substance abuse and HIV risk behaviours amongst primary health care service users in Cape Town

    Author(s): Ward CL; Mertens JR; Flisher AJ; Bresick GF; Sterling S; Distiller GB; Weisner CM

    S Afr Psychiatry Rev. 2005;8:160-5.

    PubMed abstract

    Pathways to chemical dependency treatment for adolescents in an HMO

    Author(s): Sterling S; Kohn C; Lu Y; Weisner C

    J Psychoactive Drugs. 2004 Dec;36(4):439-53.

    PubMed abstract

    Adolescents with substance diagnoses in an HMO: factors associated with medical provider referrals to substance abuse and mental health treatment

    Author(s): Scott M; Parthasarathy S; Kohn C; Hinman A; Sterling S; Weisner C

    Ment Health Serv Res. 2004 Mar;6(1):47-60.

    PubMed abstract

    Services integration and cost-effectiveness

    Author(s): Hilton ME; Fleming M; Glick H; Gutman MA; Lu Y; McKay J; McLellan AT; Manning W; Meadows J; Mertens JR; Moore C; Mullahy J; Mundt M; Parthasarathy S; Polsky D; Ray GT; Sterling S; Weisner C

    Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2003 Feb;27(2):271-80.

    PubMed abstract