Kurt H. Dermen PhD

Kurt Dermen

Kurt H. Dermen
PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Department of Psychiatry

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Addictions; Drug abuse; Public Health and General Preventive Medicine

Contact Information
1021 Main St.
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 887-2492
Fax: (716) 887-2477
dermen@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

Dr. Dermen’s primary research focus has been on developing, evaluating and disseminating motivational and behavioral interventions for treatment of substance use disorders and for health risk reduction and health promotion in substance-using populations. His efforts have involved testing methods to facilitate AA involvement in treatment for alcohol use disorders, identifying factors that affect dissemination of an empirically-supported treatment innovation, developing and piloting a brief motivational intervention to promote oral health in the context of inpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder, and testing the impact of a protocol for tailoring treatment for alcohol use disorder on the basis of clients’ pretreatment drinking trajectories. Most recently, he has led efforts to create a web-delivered intervention based on motivational interviewing (MI) to promote oral health and has contributed to development of a brief, MI-based intervention for couples attending a pre- and post-natal parenting intervention, with the goal of reducing fathers' drinking.

Recently, Dr. Dermen established the Motivational Interviewing Center (MIC) at UB. As director of the MIC, Dr. Dermen oversees the Center's delivery of MI training, coaching, and consultation services to UB and the greater Western New York community.

Education and Training:

  • PhD, Psychology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (1990)
  • BS, Psychology, Pennsylvania State University (1982)

Employment:

  • Director, Motivational Interviewing Center, University at Buffalo VP of Research (2020-present)
  • Senior Research Scientist, Psychiatry, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2018-present)
  • Senior Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions (1998–2018)
  • Project Coordinator, Research Institute on Addictions (1990–1998)
  • Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions (1990–1998)
  • Research Scientist, Psychology, University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences (1993–1995)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • May 2019–April 2024
    Strong Foundations: Intervening to Promote Co-Parenting and Reduce Father Hazardous Drinking in Expectant Parents
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $2,246,077
  • September 2018–August 2021
    Developing a Tailored, Web-delivered, Motivational Interviewing-based Intervention to Promote Oral Health
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $438,625
  • September 2017–August 2021
    Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program
    Health Resources and Services Administration
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,920,000
  • July 2017–June 2020
    Behavioral Health Integration in a Native American Primary Care Clinic – HRSA NEPQR
    Health Resources and Services Administration
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $500,000
  • May 2015–April 2020
    Pretreatment Changes in Drinking: A Test of a Tailored Treatment Approach
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $2,978,081
  • July 2018–June 2019
    Addressing Dental and Psychiatric Comorbidities in HIV / AIDS Patients
    University of Rochester Department of Public Health Sciences
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $25,000

Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Collins RL, Dermen KH. (2004) Encyclopedia of health and behavior. In: Alcohol abuse and dependence. Sage Publications, 32-37.
  • Connors GJ, Maisto SA, Dermen KH. (1992) Drug and alcohol abuse reviews. In: Alcohol-related expectancies and their applications to treatment. Humana
  • Dermen KH. (2017) The Sage encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology. In: Secular Organizations for Sobriety. Sage Publications
  • Connors GJ, Dermen KH, Duerr M. (1992) SOS sobriety. In: SOS membership survey: Preliminary results. Prometheus

Professional Memberships:

  • Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (1997–present)
  • American Psychological Association (1991–present)
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (1990–present)

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Contact Information

1021 Main St.
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 887-2492
Fax: (716) 887-2477
dermen@buffalo.edu