Dr. Elizabeth Ozer is a psychologist whose research has focused primarily on the health of adolescents, young adults, and women. Many of the studies she has directed focus on decreasing adolescent risky behavior through improving the care provided by the health care system and the primary care provider. This research has tested models for increasing the screening and counseling of adolescents in primary care as well as evaluated the effect of provider screening and counseling on adolescent behavior across multiple health risk areas.
The Teens Increasing Preventive Services (T.I.P.S.) program she developed was recently reviewed and posted to the Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) website. This program was designed to improve screening and counseling rates for risky health behaviors, including tobacco use, of adolescents at their annual health care provider visit. The study found that both screening and counseling for tobacco use, as well as other risky behaviors, increased significantly when the T.I.P.S. intervention was implemented in the primary care setting.
We encourage you to visit the RTIPs website to view the full program summary and scoring for this program and to download related publications and program materials. We're here to help! If you're considering implementing this program in your primary care setting and have questions about the program components or how best to adapt, implement, and evaluate it for your specific population and setting, please don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Ozer. Simply post your questions/comments below. We look forward to learning about your experiences in the field and sharing those insights with other R2R community members.