Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

Are Healthcare Professionals Ready to Address Patients’ Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders?


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65 million Americans will experience a mental health or substance use disorder in their lifetime, raising their risk of disease and mortality and increasing healthcare costs. Only half of these individuals will receive treatment, creating an urgent need to better identify and intervene in substance use and mental health concerns in primary care.

Join us for an engaging webinar presentation that will dive deeper into the findings of a national survey of 2,178 physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and mental health professionals from 27 institutions to answer the following questions: 

1. Are healthcare professionals competent in conducting SBI for substance use and mental health?

2. How likely are they to conduct SBI as part of routine care?

3. Are health professionals currently engaging enough patients in SBI?



Ron Goldman

Innovator, Tech executive, and Social Entrepreneur

Over the past decade, Ron Goldman has pioneered the use of gaming and simulation technology for learning and assessment experiences in health, behavioral health, and education. As Kognito’s co-founder & CEO, Ron is responsible for setting the strategic vision of Kognito and leading its operational functions including sales, marketing, finance, product development, and technology. Ron has served in the role of principal investigator and has co-authored several articles published in peer-reviewed journals. His work has contributed to three Kognito simulations being listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


Glenn Albright, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Kognito

Dr. Glenn Albright’s passion for learning and its application in the fields of health and behavioral health fuel his research activities at Kognito. Dr. Albright leads a team of researchers at Kognito in evaluating the efficacy of its immersive learning and assessment role-play simulations to bring about sustained behavior changes in the areas of social, emotional, and physical health. His research involves integrating empirically-based findings drawn from neuroscience such as emotional regulation, mentalizing, and empathy, as well as components of social cognitive learning models including motivational interviewing and adult learning theory. 

Tracy McPherson, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Dr. McPherson is the Principal Investigator of the NORC Adolescent SBIRT Project, as well as many other initiatives over her 20+ years working to implement SBIRT in many different settings, disciplines, and professions.
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