Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Overview

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University School of Public Health and my research takes place in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.  I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island in Experimental Psychology, specializing in health psychology. For the past 20 years, I have collaborated on multidisciplinary research teams conducting studies involving basic, assessment, and clinical outcome research, focusing on motivation to change and coping skills among patients with opioid, alcohol, and mixed substance dependence. My funded research consists of over 25 grants from NIH serving as PI or Co-I.  Since 2016, I have assisted with the implementation of the first statewide MAT program for all people incarcerated using all three FDA approved medications for opiate use disorders that has significantly reduced mortality in this population. I oversee the evaluation of this program and all data associated with its operation.

I am PI of a SAMHSA grant to expand access to MAT for criminal justice-involved individuals using law enforcement and multidisciplinary team outreach. I am the Project Director/PI of the SAMHSA-funded Opioid Response Network (ORN) for New England and Co-Project Director of the SAMHSA-funded New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center.  Combined, these two federally funded centers provide training and technical assistance support to over 3,000 front-line addiction treatment providers per year. 

Brown Affiliations