Gail Katharine Strickler

Senior Research Associate

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Office: Heller-Brown Building 263
Phone: 781-736-3914
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Gail Katharine Strickler

Senior Research Associate


A Senior Research Associate at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Dr. Strickler earned a doctoral degree in Social Policy and a Master’s degree in Management of Human Services from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She has been a PEW Health Policy Fellow and a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) trainee in the doctoral program at the Heller School. Her primary research interests include program evaluation and systems of health care for disadvantaged populations, including individuals with substance abuse disorders and/or disabilities, as well as other underserved persons.

She has over twenty years of experience at Brandeis conducting both qualitative and quantitative research on a variety of health policy issues. She is currently the Co-Principal Investigator and Project Manager of the Prescription Behavior Surveillance System (PBSS) project. She served as the Project Manager on the CMS-funded evaluation of the Medicare Lifestyle Modification Project Demonstration and was Lead Investigator on Sections II and III of Substance Abuse: The Nation’s Number One Health Problem, a substance abuse chartbook funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was also Project Manager on a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study on the cost-effectiveness of different types of substance abuse aftercare and co-investigator on a NIDA-funded study of gender and prescription drug abuse.


  • Garner BR, Lwin AK, Strickler GK, Hunter BD, Shepard DS. "Pay-for-performance as a cost-effective implementation strategy: Results from a Type 3 Effectiveness Implementation Trial." 1/01/2017.
  • Kreiner PW, Strickler GK, Undurraga EA, Torres ME, Nikitin RV, Rogers A.. "Validation of prescriber risk indicators obtained from prescription drug monitoring program data." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 173. Supplement 1 (2017): S31-S38.
  • Kreiner PW, Strickler GK, Undurrage EA, Torres ME, Nikitan RV. Validation study of prescriber risk indicators: Evidence from Maine using prescription drug monitoring programs. Waltham, MA The Institute for Behavioral Health, Brandeis University: 2016.
  • Paulozzi LP, Strickler GK, Kreiner P, Koris CM. "Controlled substance prescribing patterns--Prescription Behavior Surveillance System--Eight states, 2013." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary 64. 9 (2015): 1-14.
  • Strickler, Gail K.. "Prescription Behavior Surveillance System (PBSS): Controlled Substance Prescription Database for Public Health Epidemiology." 2015 International Symposium on Substance and Prescription Drug Abuse. Taipei. 09/02/2015.
  • Kim ML, Thomas CP, Strickler GK, Kreiner P. "Prescription Behavior Surveillance System: Prescriber Initiatives." American Public Health Association. New Orleans. 11/18/2014.
  • Razavi M, Fournier S, Shepard DS, Ritter G, Strickler, GK et al.. "Effects of Lifestyle Modification Programs on Cardiac Risk Factors." PLoS One 9. 12 (2014): 1-16.
  • Strickler GK, Kreiner P, Panas L, Jones C, Paulozzi LP. "Development and Design of the Prescription Behavior Surveillance System: Preliminary Results." American Public Health Association. New Orleans. 11/18/2014.
  • Strickler, GK. "Prescription Behavior Surveillance System: An Overview." PDMP Training and Technical Assistance Center Webinar Series. Waltham, MA. 4/16/2014.
  • Zeng W, Stason WB, Fournier S, Razavi M, Ritter G, Strickler, GK, Bhalotra SM, Shepard DS. "Benefits and costs of intensive lifestyle modification programs for symptomatic coronary disease in Medicare beneficiaries." American Heart Journal 165. 5 (2013): 785-792.
  • Clark, T, Eadie J, Kreiner P, Strickler G. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: An Assessment of the Evidence for Best Practices.. The PDMP Center of Excellence, Heller School for Social Policy and Management: 2012.