Michael Hecht (PI), Janice Krieger, Michelle Miller-Day,  John Graham, Magi Colby, and Allison Kootsikas, “Adaptation Processes in School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention”, National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute of Health ($3,272,367, R01DA021670, 2/1/08 – 1/31/13). Project to study how a drug curriculum gets adapted for a rural audience as well as to study how teachers adapt the curriculum as they teach it.

Michael Hecht (Co-Investigator), Active Involvement in Creating High School Substance Use Prevention Messages (K. Greene, PI), National Institute on Drug Abuse ($456,263, R21DA027146, 02/01/2010 – 01/31/2012). Project investigates the effects of developing health messages on students.

Michelle Miller-Day (Investigator), A Multi-payer Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative in Pennsylvania (Robert Gabbay, PI), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality ($599,189, R18, in progress).

Michael Hecht (PI), Magi Colby, Allison Kootsikis, and Michelle Miller-Day, dissemination of middle school keepin’ it REAL curriculum through D.A.R.E. America (Initial license period September 1, 2008 – August 31, 2011; subject to renewal). Curriculum adapted for D.A.R.E. officer implementation and implemented starting in fall 2009 to over 130,000 US students as well as students in 23 other countries. Adaptations to Mexican schools and Alaskan indigenous students.

Michael Hecht (Investigator). Center for Prevention and Treatment Methodology, NIH NIDA (PI: Linda Collins P50 DA10075, 9/1/10 – 8/31/15)

Michael Hecht and Michelle Miller-Day (Consultants), Youth Produced Videos to Reduce UV Exposure in Adolescents, National Cancer Institute (L. Crane, PI, 1RC1CA145581, 09/30/09-08/31/11).

Michael Hecht (Participating Faculty), “Prevention and Methodology Training Grant”,  National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant No. T32DA017629). Center grant to develop new methods of longitudinal research methods.

Michael Hecht (Consultant), Using Mixed Reality to Build Peer Resistance Skills in Latina Middle Schoolers, National Institute of Nursing Research (CE Hughes and A.E. Norris, PIs, R15NR012189, 3/15/10-2/29/10). Project applies DRS approach and REAL system to developing a mixed reality game to develop skills resisting sexual pressure among Latina middle school students.


Michael Hecht (Principal Investigator), “Drug Resistance Strategies Minority Project,” National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute of Health ($4,149,418, R01DA005629, 8/10/03-3/30/08). Developed and evaluated extended middle school and fifth grade versions of keepin’ it REAL.

Michael Hecht (Secondary Mentor), "Acculturation and Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention,” National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute of Health (K01, Career Development Award, Dr. Lori Holleran). Project designed to test implementation of keepin’ it REAL with high risk populations.

Michael Hecht (Co-Principal Investigator), Drug Resistance Strategies: The Next Generation, National Institute on Drug Abuse (Arizona State University, 09/30/2001 - 09/29/2002 R01 DA14825). Secondary analyses of DRS Project data.

Michael Hecht (Co-Investigator), “Search for a Safe Cigarette,” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2001-2. (Matching grant to WPSX for the production of a special on smoking as well as PSA messages, $8,000. Executive Producer for PSAs). Developed anti-smoking PSAs

Michael Hecht (Principal Investigator), Youth identity and intergroup relations. Council for European Studies, Columbia University, 1998-9 ($6,000 planning grant).

Michael Hecht (Principal Investigator) and John Graham, “Drug Resistance Strategies Minority Project,” National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute of Health, 1997-2002 ($2,394,757, R01 DA05629). Developed and evaluated keepin’ it REAL middle school drug prevention curriculum.

Michael Hecht (Consultant), Drug Resistance in Adolescent Dating Relationships (Melanie Trost, PI, NIDA grant R29 DA10470), 9/1/96 - 8/31/2001 (total grant $533,706). Studied role of dating relationship in drug use.

Michael Hecht (Co-Principal Investigator), “Drug Prevention Videos and PSAs For Hispanic Youth,” Community Partnership of Phoenix, 1997 ($60,000 with Dream Street Productions and South Mountain High School). Developed drug prevention videos and PSAs.

Michael Hecht (Consultant), “Curbing the Trend of Tobacco-Related Cancer Deaths: Identifying Factors Influencing Late Presentation of Symptomatic Hispanics.” Arizona Disease Control Commission, Arizona Cancer Center, Behavioral Sciences Division (Linda Larkey, PI), 1996 ($60,000).

Michael Hecht (Member of Evaluation Team), “Community Partnership of Phoenix,” Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 1995-1996 (Evaluation subcontract $1,500,000 for five years).

Michael Hecht (Principal Investigator) and Michelle Miller-Day, “Drug Resistance Strategies Minority Project." National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute of Health, 1994-1997 ($466,000, R01 DA05629). Conducted research on ethnic and gender similarities and differences in adolescent drug use.

Michael Hecht (Evaluation Director), "PADRES Drug Treatment Program for Non-Incarcerated Youth." Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, 1993-1996 (Total grant $1,200,000; Evaluation subcontract $120,000).

Michael Hecht (Principal Investigator), “Cultural Diversity in Health Care Provision in Maricopa County,” Concilio Latino de Salud and the Hispanic Research Center, 1992-1993 ($850).

Michael Hecht (Evaluation Director with M.C. Gonzalez), "Evaluation of Pinal Hispanic Council's Model Comprehensive Drug Abuse Treatment Programs for Adolescents." Office of Treatment Improvement, 1991-1992 (Evaluation subcontract from Pinal Hispanic Council, $12,000).

Michael Hecht (Evaluation Consultant), "Project Care," Arizona Prevention Resource Center Emergency Schools Grant, Drug Free Schools and Community Program of the U.S. Education Department, 1992.

Michael Hecht (Principal Investigator) and Michelle Miller-Day, "Drug Resistance Strategies."  National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute of Health, (1989-1991, R01 DAO5629, $301,431). Conducted basic narrative research on adolescent substance use resistance, developing REAL system for refusals, and developed and pilot tested the DRS approach to narrative prevention.