About Us

The Eco-Developmental Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation (EPIC) Lab is directed by Dr. Brian McCabe, faculty member in counseling psychology.


Eco-developmental theory explains interactions between risk and protective processes, e.g., the links between mental health, substance use, sexual behavior, and social relationships during various life stages. Members of this lab will use this theory to understand and create prevention and intervention strategies in Counseling Psychology and related fields.


Prevention attempts to reduce or mitigate hazards at multiple levels, including preventing consequences before they happen, detecting risks in early stages, or lessening harm due to events that have already happened. Members of this research team will work on projects to inform or test prevention approaches for people in diverse communities and life stages.


Intervention influences a person, family, or environment to change social/behavioral processes and/or health outcomes. Members of this lab will refine or evaluate interventions that span orientation, e.g., family systems, humanistic, or cognitive-behavioral; and delivery, e.g., individual, group, family, or online.


Consultation provides information, expertise, or collaboration to scientists and other health professionals to solve problems or facilitate projects. This lab will work with a range of scientists and clinicians on research design, statistics, or social/behavioral measurement.

Current and Recent Projects

  • SER-Hispano: Salud/Health, Estres/Stress, and Resiliencia/Resilience Among Young Adult Hispanic Immigrants in the U.S. A longitudinal two-year study of 385 Hispanic/Latinx young adult immigrants to the U.S. to investigate the effects of acculturation stress and resilience on co-occurring substance abuse, intimate partner violence, HIV risk, and depression (i.e., syndemic conditions) and biological stress over a two-year period.

    NIH/NINR R01MD012249     R. Gonzalez-Guarda (PI; Duke)     2017-2022.

  • Drug and Alcohol Norms of ‘Canes at Electronic music events (DANCE) Project. A mixed-methods study of 200 young adult undergraduates test whether existing event-specific models of college student substance use developed for events like Spring Break or 21st birthday may be applied to electronic music events (e.g., Ultra Music Festival, Winter Music Conference) and to understand students’ perceptions and beliefs about electronic music events.

    UM PRA 2019-402     Brian E. McCabe (PI)     2018-2019.

EPIC Lab Personnel

  • Brian E. McCabe, Ph.D.

  • Ed Ballester

  • Bridget Nelson

  • Harley Stenzel

  • Shirnelle Wilks

  • Jordan Alvarez

  • Candace McConaha

  • Stephanie Gonzalez-Galvan

  • Courtney H. Williams

  • Olivia Kudick

  • Julia Cantu

  • Carmen Tucker

Last updated: 05/11/2023