Ruth Gassman

Associate Research Scientist
Applied Health Science

Executive Director
Indiana Prevention Resource Center

Executive Director
Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior

rgassman@indiana.edu
(812) 855-1237
501 N. Morton St., Suite 110

Education
  • Rutgers University, Ph.D., 1995
  • University of Iowa, M.A., 1987
  • University of Iowa, B.S., 1984
Background
  • Executive Director and Associate Research Scientist, Indiana Prevention Resource Center, Department of Applied Health Science, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Executive Director and Associate Research Scientist, Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Associate Scientist, Karl F. Schuessler Institute for Social Research, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Associate Scientist, Alcohol Reserach Group, Public Health Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Public Health Service Graduate Research Assistant, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

Research Interests

Alcohol and drug health services, including screening and brief intervention for drug and alcohol abuse, evaluation of services, and education of health care professionals.

Ongoing Research Support

Co-investigator, Indiana's Project ECHO (2017, annually renewable).  Funded by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Completed Research

1U79TI020281-01         Crabb (PI)     2009 - 2014

Screening, Brief intervention and Referral to Treatment in Medical Residency - The Goal is to implement training to medical residents in the Indiana University School of Medicine to perform alcohol and other durg screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment as a standard of patient care.  Role: Evaluator

1U79TI023449-01          Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (PI)     2011-2016

State Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment - The goal is to study dissemination and implementation of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment services for alcohol and drug problems in community health centers across Indiana for all adult patients as a standard of care.  Role:  Program Director

School of Public Health Ingenuity Grant Program           Gassman (PI)     2013 - 2015

The goal is to seed the development of a transdisciplinary research institute in the area of addictive behaviors at Indiana University.  Role:  PI

School of Public Health General Research Support          Gassman (PI)     2013-2014

The goal of this project is to create a multi-level public health dataset for addictive behaviors in Indiana.  Role:  PI

R29 AA11713-03 National Institutes of Health          Gassman (PI)     1997 - 1999

Predictors of Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems - The goal was to investigate individual level predictors of screening and brief interventon for alcohol problems in primary care settings among physicians and nurse practitioners.  Role:  PI

R01 AA11713-03 National Institutes of Health          Gassman (PI)     1999 - 2000

Predictors of Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol Problems - The goal was a continuing investigation of individual level predictors of screening and brief interventon in primary care settings among physicians and nurse practitioners.  Role: PI

State Treament Needs Assessment Project          Division of Mental Health & Addiction (PI)     2001 - 2004

The goal was to create social indicator data systems for alcohol and drug problems at the county level for Indiana and to link data systems at the state-level by a unique identification number.  Role:  Program Director

Grant to Prevent High Risk Drinking Behavior Among College Students          SEO (PI)     2007 - 2009

United States Deparment of Education - The goal was to disseminate and implement evidence-based strategies to reduce the prevalence of risky drinking among college students.  Role:  Evaluator

School of Public Health Faculty Research Support Program          Gassman (PI)     2009

Catalyst for Cross-disciplinary Research:  Health Risk Behavior and Outcomes Survery - The goal was to study among college students common health behaviors from a multi-domain and transdisciplinary perspective.  Role:  PI

School of Public Health Faculty Research Support Program          Gassman (PI)     2009

Pilot Study in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to Develop an Alcohol and Drug Screening and Brief Intervention Protocol for Student Athletes - The goal of the study was to develop and test the implementation efficacy of a model to train athletics staff to deliver an alcohol or other drug use brief intervention.  Role:  PI

Selected Publications

Meyerson, B.E., Agley, J.D., Davis, A., Jayawardene, W., Hoss, A., Shannon, D.J., Ryder, P.T., Ritchie, K., & Gassman, R. (In Press).  Predicting pharmacy naloxone stocking and dispensing following a statewide standing order, Indiana 2016. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Meyerson, B.E., Davis, A., Agley, JD, Shannon, D.J., Lawrence, C.A., Ryder, P.T., Ritchie K., & Gassman, R. (2018) Predicting pharmacy syringe sales to people who inject drugs: Policy practice and perceptions.  International Journal of Drug Policy, 46-53.

Gerke, S.P., Agley, J., Wilson, C., Gassman, R., & Crabb, D.W. (2018). An Initial Assessment of the Utility of Validated Alcohol and Drug Screening Tools in Predicting 30-Day Readmission to Adult General Medicine Wards. American Journal of Medical Quality. DOI: 10.1177/ 1062860617750469

Agley, J., Carlson, J.M., McNelis, A.M., Gassman, R.A., Schwindt, R., Crabb, D., & Vannerson, J. (2018). ‘Asking’ but not ‘Screening’: Assessing physicians’ and nurses’ substance-related clinical behaviors. Substance Use & Misuse.  DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2018.1438806                                                                                                             

Carlson, J.M., Agley, J., Gassman, R.A., McNelis, A.M., Schwindt, R., Vannerson, J., Crabb, D., & Khaja, K. (2017). Effects and durability of an SBIRT training curriculum for first year MSW students. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 17(1-2), 135-49.

Carlson, J., Agley, J., McNelis, A., Schwindt, R., Vannerson, J., Gassman, R., & Crabb, D. (2017). Effects of training on social work, nursing, and medical trainees’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to screening and brief intervention for alcohol use. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 61(1), 14-35.

Agley, J.D., Meyerson, B.E., Shannon, D., Ryder, P.T., Ritchie, K., & Gassman, R. (2017). Using the hybrid method to survey US pharmacist: Applying lessons learned to Leverage technology. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 13(1), 250-252.

Reho, K., Agley, J., DeSalle, M., & Gassman, R.A. (2016). Are we there yet? A review of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) implementation fidelity tools and proficiency checklists. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 37(4), 377-388.

Agley, J., McNelis, A.M., Carlson, J.M, Schwindt, R., Clark, C.A., Kent, K.A., Lay, K., Gassman, R.A., & Crabb, D.W. (2016). If you teach it, they will screen: Advanced practice nursing students’use of screening and brief intervention in the clinical setting. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(4), 1-5.

Jun, M.K., Agley, J., Huang, C., & Gassman, R.A. (2016). College binge drinking and social norms: advancing understanding through statistical applications. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 25(2), 113-123.

Gassman, R. A., Agley, J., Fly, A. D., He, K., Beckmeyer, J. J., Sayegh, M. A., & Tidd, D. M. (2016). Using biological samples for youth ATOD survey validation: Focus group study. Addiction Research and Theory, 24(3), 177-185.

Agley, J., Gassman, R. A., Jun, M, Nowicke, C., & Samuel, S. (2015). Statewide administration of the CRAFFT screening tool: Highlighting the spectrum of substance use. Substance Abuse and Misuse, 50(13), 1668-1677.

Agley, J., Crabb, D.W, Harris, L.E., Gassman, R. A., & Gerke, S.P. (2015). An assessment of SBIRT prescreening and screening outcomes by medical setting and administration methodology. Health Services Research & Managerial Epidemiology, 2, 1-6. DOI: 10.1177/2333392815612476.

Vaughan, E.L., Gassman, R.A., Jun, M.K., & Seitz de Martinez, B.J.  (2015).  Gender differences in risk and protective factors for alcohol use and risk for substance use problems among hispanic adolescents.  Journal of Child and  Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24(5), 243-254.

Agley, J., Gassman, R.A., YoussefAgha, A., Jun, M., Wasantha, J., & Torabi, M.  (2015).  Examing sequences of adolescent substance use initiation involving OTC drug abuse.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24(4), 212-219. 

Agley, J., Gassman, R. A., DeSalle, M., Vannerson, J., Carlson, J., & Crabb, D. (2014). Screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment (SBIRT) and motivational interviewing for PGY1 medical residents. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, (Dec.), 765-769.

Agley, J., Gassman, R.A., Vannerson, J., Crabb, D. (2014). Assessing the Relationship between medical residents' perceived barriers to SBIRT implementation and their documentation of SBIRT in clinical practice. Public Health, 128(8), 755-758.

Agley, J., McIntire, R., DeSalle, M., Tidd, D., Wolf, J., & Gassman, R. (2014). Connecting patients to services: Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in primary health care. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 21(5), 370-379.

Townsend, J.A., Hsieh, P-C., Van Puymbroeck, M., Johnston, J.D., Gassman, R., Agley, J., Middlestadt, S., & YoussefAgha, A.  (2013).  Sense of coherence, perceived stress and health related qualtiy of life in college students.  The Illuminare: A Student Journal in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies, 11(1), 69-74.

Agley, J., Walker, B., Gassman, R.A.,  (2013).  Adaptation of alcohol and drug screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment to a department of collegiate athletics.  Journal of Health Education, 72(6), 647-659.

Seo, D-C., Owens, D., Gassman, R., & Kingori, C.  (2013).  Effects of a 2.5-year campus-wide intervention to reduce college drinking.  Journal of Health Education, 72(6), 673-683.

Agley, J., Gassman, R.A., Crabb, D., Babcock, D., Bartholonew, J., Session, L., Wilson, C., & Vannerson, J. (2012). Exploring medical residents' likelihood to perform screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) behaviors 30 days after a face-to-face SBIRT training. Journal of Community Medicine and Health Education. 2:188.doi:10.4172/2161-0711.1000188

Agley, J., Gassman, R.A., Kolbe, L., Seo, D.-C., & Torabi, M. (2012). Do sociodemographic factors, smoking status, and beliefs about the health of others predict attitudes toward smoke-free air policies in various settings? Korean Journal of Health Education and Promotion. 29(3), 91-101.

Gassman, R.A., Agley, J., Johnston, J.D., Middlestadt, S.E., Van Puymbroeck, M., & YoussefAgha, A.  (2012).  Catalyzing trans-disciplinary studies in public health:  A college health survey and data platform.  Health Promotion Practice, 13(1), 90-97.

Marker-Hoffman, R.I., Johnston, J.D., Agley, J., Gassman, R., Middlestadt, S.E., & Puymbroeck, M.V.  (2011).  Walking and body mass index patterns in a college student population.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 43(5), 793. [Research Abstract].

Torabi, M.R., Jun, M.K., Nowicke, C., Seitz, B., and Gassman, R., "Tobacco, the Common Enemy and A Gateway Drug: Policy Implications," American Journal of Health Education 41(1):4-13, 2010 (invited). (Reprinted with permission in the International Council on Health, Physical Education, Recreation - Sport and Dance Journal of Research, 5(1), 37-44.

Agley, A., Agley, D., Gassman, R.A., Jun, M.K. (2010). Sleep, stress, and smoking among college students. Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Monograph Series: Special Issue on Tobacco: The Most Preventable Cause of Death, 27(1), 1-8.

YoussefAgha, A., Gassman, R. A., Jones, A. D., & Jun, M. K. (2010). Trends in alternative forms of tobacco intake among high school students. Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Monograph Series: Special Issue on Tobacco: The Most Preventable Cause of Death, 27(1), 45-51.

Gassman, R.A., Nowicke, C., & Jun, M.K. (2010). Adolescent methamphetamine use: Characteristics that predict involvement with the police. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 54(1), 76-92.

Torabi, M.R., Jun, M.K., Nowicke, C., Seitz de Martinez, B., & Gassman, R. (2010). Tobacco, the Common Enemy and a Gateway Drug: Policy Implications. American Journal of Health Education, 41(1), 4-13.

Agley, J. & Gassman, R. (2008). A state based model of prevention: Indiana's example. Health Promotion Practice, 9(2), 199-204.

Gassman, R. A. (2007). Practitioner-level predictors of alcohol problem detection and management activities. Journal of Substance Use, 12(3), 191-202.

Gassman, R. A. & Weisner, C. (2005). Community providers' views of alcohol and drug problems. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 5(4), 101-115.

Babor, T. F., Higgins-Biddle, J. C., Higgins, P. S., Gassman, R. A. & Gould, B. E. (2004). Training medical providers to conduct alcohol screening and brief intervention. Substance Abuse, 25(1), 17-26.

Gassman, R. A. (2003). Medical specialization, profession, and mediating beliefs that predict stated likelihood of alcohol screening and brief intervention: Targeting educational interventions. Substance Abuse, 24(3), 141-156.

Gassman, R. A., Demone, Harold W., & Wechsler, Henry (2002, August). College students' drinking: master's in social work compared with undergraduate students. Health & Social Work, 27(3), 184.

Gassman, R. A., Demone, H. W., Albilal, R. (2001). Alcohol and other drug content in core courses: Encouraging substance abuse assessment. Journal of Social Work Education, 37(1), 137-145.

Gassman, R. A. (1997). Social work student characteristics and their views of alcoholic clients: Designing educational interventions. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 42(2), 19-31