Sprague, Debra J.

Project Director

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Sprague, Debra J.

  • Specialties
  • Health education and literacy
  • Integrated health service
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Womens health

Degree: MA
Institute Title: Project Director
Office Phone: 573-446-4486
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Project Director & Researcher - Missouri Institute of Mental Health, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Evaluation Director -Mental and Reproductive Health Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Practice Implementation Center, University of Missouri – Columbia

Deb’s work over three decades comprises clinical work and research/evaluation. Expertise includes development and implementation of training on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT), Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) and other practices for mental health and substance use disorders, homelessness, and suicidality. She is evaluator and co-developer on OBGYN and Interprofessional Education workgroups for the CDC’s FASD Prevention and Treatment initiative and the Physician Assistant alcohol SBIRT Training in Missouri; Qualitative Research Coordinator on Missouri’s Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Homes initiative, and Developmental Evaluator for the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Community Convening Grant. For MU’s Alcohol and Drug Education for Prevention and Treatment SAMHSA-funded initiative (MU-ADEPT), Deb directed development of the training website and integration into residency and other institutional curricula. She conducted evaluation, and disseminated training that has reached ~4000 healthcare professionals including medical residents and attending physicians in 7 medical specialties, nurses, social workers, medical students, and graduate and undergraduate students in nursing and social work. Beyond her M.A. in Art Therapy & Counseling (`85), specialized training includes Motivational Interviewing, Qualitative Research, SBIRT Training of Trainers, Community Mediation, and Mental Health First Aid.

MIMH website:
Catalyst Learning Center for FASD Treatment and Prevention:
MU-ADEPT SBIRT training website:

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