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Project Better

The purpose of this study is to assess a brief, text message-based intervention for distress related to stressful events and alcohol use.

The study has seven parts:

  1. You start by filling out a short survey to see if you’re eligible
  2. If you are, you’ll be contacted by the study team to confirm your eligibility
  3. Then you’ll be directed to another survey with some more questions
  4. Then, for four weeks, you will receive a text message 3 times a week (standard texting rates will apply)
  5. After the four weeks of messages, you’ll be asked to fill out a short survey
  6. Four weeks later, you’ll be asked to fill out another short survey
  7. Two months later, you will be asked to fill out a final survey

This is a paid study. You will earn Amazon gift cards for completing our study surveys. The first survey will earn you a $20 Amazon gift card upon completion. The second survey, after the four weeks of text messages, will earn you a $25 Amazon gift card upon completion.

The two follow-up surveys pay $30 and $35 Amazon gift cards respectively.

Follow this link to take the Project Better online screening survey: https://cshrb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2tvC9XQjIoY0qmG 

If you’d like to know more about us, please visit our website: https://sites.uw.edu/project-better/

Participant Eligibility

We are looking for individuals who have experienced a stressful event at least 1 month ago and are now struggling to cope, including concerns about alcohol use.

To participate, you must be at least 18 years old, live in Washington State, be fluent in English and have access to a phone that can receive text messages.


Ty Tristao
(206) 670-2631

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Testing the efficacy of a CBT-enhanced text message intervention to reduce symptom burden in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and co-occurring hazardous drinking

Study ID: STUDY00013533
Start Date: 10/28/2022
End Date: 06/16/2023

Kristen Lindgren, PhD
Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD
Emily Dworkin, PhD
Isaac Rhew, PhD
Debra Kaysen, PhD

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

University of Washington – Online

1959 NE Pacific Street Box 356560
Seattle, Washington 98195


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.