Professors Charles Stasiewicz and Clara Bradizza, Assistant Professor Braden Linn, and Post-Doctoral fellow Charles LaBarre publish, "Pretreatment change in substance use behaviors: Implications for the social work field"

Published October 12, 2022


Paul R. Stasiewicz

Paul R. Stasiewicz.

Clara M. Bradizza

Clara M. Bradizza.

Braden K. Linn

Braden K. Linn.

Charles Labarre

Charles Labarre.

Congratulations to Professors Paul Stasiewicz and Clara Bradizza, Visiting Assistant Professor Braden Linn and Phd Student Charles LaBarre on the publication of their article, "Pretreatment change in substance use behaviors: Implications for the social work field" in the Journal of Health & Social Work.

LaBarre, C., Stasiewicz, P., Linn, B., & Bradizza, C. (2022). Pretreatment Change in Substance Use: Implications for the Social Work Field. Health &Amp; Social Work47(3), 229-231.


In the substance abuse field, as in the broader field of psychotherapy research, there is a wealth of research on behavioral change during and after treatment. By comparison, fewer studies have focused on pretreatment change. In the general psychotherapy literature, studies of pretreatment change have shown that symptom change consistently occurs after the initial phone call, when an appointment is scheduled, and before the first treatment session (e.g., Kindsvatter et al., 2010; Lawson, 1994; Ness & Murphy, 2001; Weiner-Davis et al., 1987; West et al., 2011). A similar pattern has been observed in the substance use disorder (SUD) field, with several more recent studies reporting behavioral changes occurring before the initial phone call (e.g., Stasiewicz et al., 2013; Stasiewicz et al., 2019). Although it is not typically assessed, pretreatment change is an important individual difference variable that can be used to inform adaptive...