Kuerbis, Alexis | LCSW | PhD (Fellowship Leave)

Associate Professor
Phone: (212) 396- 7538
Office: 435
Email: ak1465@hunter.cuny.edu
Areas of Expertise:
Substance use and misuse
Brief interventions for problem drinkers
Mechanisms of behavior change within addictive behaviors
Substance use and aging
Substance use and LGBT populations
Working with populations mandated to treatment
Ecological momentary assessment

Ph.D., New York University
M.S.W., New York University

Courses Include:
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Practice II and III (not I)
Methods of Data Analysis (Doctoral Program)
Advanced Statistical Analysis (Doctoral Program)

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Kuerbis, A., Sacco, P., Blazer, D., & Moore, A. A. (2014). Substance use disorders in older adults. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 30(3), 629-654.


Kuerbis, A. N., Yuen, S., Borok, J., LeFevre, P., Kim, G., Lum, D., Ramirez, K., Liao, D., Moore, A. A. (2015). Testing the initial efficacy of a mailed screening and brief feedback intervention to reduce at-risk drinking in middle-aged and older-adults: The Comorbidity Alcohol Risk Evaluation (CARE) Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(2), 321-326. PMCID: PMC4332987

Kuerbis, A., Mereish, E., Hayes, M., Davis, C. M., Shao, S., & Morgenstern, J. (2017). Testing cross-sectional and prospective mediators of internalized heterosexism on heavy drinking, alcohol problems, and psychological distress among heavy drinking men who have sex with men. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(1), 113-123.

Kuerbis, A., Mulliken, A., Muench, F., Moore, A. A., & Gardner, D. (2017). Older adults and mobile technology: Toward a better understanding of utilization for applications to behavioral health. Mental Health and Addiction Research, 2(2), 1-11.

Kuerbis, A., Houser, J., Levak, S., Shao, S. & Morgenstern, J. (2018). Exploration of treatment matching to problem drinker characteristics with motivational interviewing and non-directive client-centered psychotherapy for problem drinkers. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 86, 9-16.

Kuerbis, A., Treloar Padovano, H., Shao, S., Houser, J., Muench, F., & Morgenstern, J. (2018). Comparing daily drivers of problem drinking among older and younger adults: An electronic daily diary study using smartphones. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 183, 240-246.


Project STOP PAIN: Developing interventions for older adults living with HIV who experience severe pain and use mood altering substances problematically.
This NIH funded study pilot tested a combined cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), tai chi, and supportive text messaging to treat older adults living with HIV to manage their pain and reduce their substance use. Potential mechanisms of action will be explored by examining the daily interactions of pain, substance use, exercise, and other coping mechanisms.

Adaptive Interventions for Problem Drinkers
This NIH funded study is a randomized controlled trial testing stepped care, brief interventions for problem drinkers. The study is meant to mimic the ideal processes in primary care in treating problem drinking to identify mechanisms of action of those interventions in order to improve and streamline them.

Tailored Adaptive Mobile Messaging to Reduce Problem Drinking
This NIH funded study is a randomized controlled trial investigating the efficacy of tailored text messaging to help problem drinkers reduce their drinking. Text messages are based on contemporary theories of behavior change and building off of evidence based practices in substance use disorder. This study will test whether tailoring messages to participants based off weekly reports on progress will further enhance the efficacy of this intervention.

Component Analysis of Motivational Interviewing (Project Motion)
Several hundred randomized controlled trials have confirmed that motivational interviewing is an effective intervention for working with individuals to change a variety of health behaviors. However, it remains unknown how motivational interviewing works to help individuals change their behavior. This randomized controlled trial aims to investigate the mechanisms of behavior change for problem drinkers from the general population with a desire to moderate their drinking and to identify the mechanisms of action within motivational interviewing.

Naltrexone and Psychotherapy for Problem Drinking Men who have Sex with Men (Project SMART)
Heavy drinking men who have sex with men (MSM) are a unique at-risk for experiencing problems related to their alcohol use and for contracting HIV compared to their heterosexual counterparts. This study aimed to address these risks by examining the efficacy of naltrexone, psychotherapy, and these two treatments combined among problem drinking MSM. This study is currently in its data analysis phase.