Kuerbis, Alexis | MSW | PhD

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 I and II

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Kuerbis, A., Morgenstern, J., & Hail, L. A. (2012). Predictors of moderated drinking in a primarily alcohol dependent sample of men who have sex with men. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26(3), 484-495. doi: 10.1037/a0026713. PMCID: PMC3384775.

Morgenstern, J., Kuerbis, A., Amrhein, P., Hail, L., Lynch, K., & McKay, J. (2012). Motivational Interviewing: A pilot test of active ingredients and mechanisms of change. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26(4), 859-869. PMCID: PMC3509258.

Kuerbis, A., Armeli, S., Muench, F., & Morgenstern, J. (2013). Motivation and self-efficacy in the context of moderated drinking: Global self-report and ecological momentary assessment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(4), 934-947. PMCID: PMC3980541.

Kuerbis, A. N., Schaumberg, K., Davis, C. M., Hail, L., & Morgenstern, J. (2014). Unpacking personalized feedback: An exploratory study of the impact of its components and the reactions it elicits among problem drinking men who have sex with men. Substance Use and Misuse, 49(4), 383-394.

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., Armeli, S., Muench, F., & Morgenstern, J. (in press). Profiles of confidence and commitment to change as predictors of moderated drinking: A person-centered approach. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.


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.