Project Motivate Me


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Principal Investigator(s):

Tracy L. Finlayson, PhD, SDSU Professor of Public Health

Co-PI: Scott Kelley, PhD, SDSU Professor of Biology

Project Funding Period: 07/01/2020 – 12/31/2021

Project Funding Source: SDSU CHHS Jumpstart! pilot grant

Project Motivate Me will develop and test a brief motivational interviewing (MI) intervention for improving oral hygiene among 14-19 year old Latino adolescents. Motivational interviewing intervention material will first be developed and pre-tested with adolescents (N=10). We will then conduct a randomized controlled trial with adolescents (N = 30-50). The intervention will involve three half-hour skill building MI sessions and address: bacteria and the dental caries process, proper oral hygiene technique, and nutrition. A trained health educator will engage adolescents remotely, one-on-one about these topics using MI principles. Our primary outcomes include biological, clinical, and behavioral measures. Outcomes will be assessed at baseline (T1), and at one-month, after the three MI sessions (T2). The primary aim of the trial is to assess the efficacy of a motivational interviewing intervention program versus usual oral health care for Latino adolescents. We will also collect process feedback from intervention participants.

Partner: Vista Community Clinic Р

Are you or your teen interested in participating?
Check out our info sheets and video overview to learn more about the study!

Flyer (English)

Flyer (Spanish)

Parent Information Sheet (English, Word format)

Parent Information Sheet (Spanish, Word format)

Video (English)

Video (Spanish)

Contact us:

(619) 348-5152