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University at Buffalo Receives Grant to Develop App Aimed at Reducing Marijuana Use

The University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions has been awarded a $715,500 grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and study a smartphone app that promotes exercise as a positive alternative to marijuana use. Researchers also will test the feasibility and review the effects of a four-week intervention for the study participants that includes personalized feedback about marijuana use and participation in four in-person counseling sessions focused on decreasing marijuana intake. Dr. R. Lorraine Collins, associate dean for research and professor in the department of community health and health behavior, is the primary investigator on the study, which runs from July 2013 to June 2015.