The Heller School Faculty and Staff

Research Associate

mlkim@brandeis.edu Heller 263 781-736-3978

Expertise

Evaluating substance abuse, violence, HIV prevention programs; evaluating initiatives for safer prescribing of controlled substances; Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP)

Scholarship

  • Thomas, C.P., Kim, M.L., Nikitin, R., Carrow, G.M., Clark, T., Kreiner, P. “Physician response to unsolicited prescription drug monitoring program reports in Massachusetts.” Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. (2014). Forthcoming.
  • Kim, M.L., O’Brien, P.L., Thomas, C.P., Johnson, J., Kreiner, P. Prescription Behavior Surveillance System Project: Prescriber Education & Other Initiatives Literature Report. Prepared for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Safe Use Initiative. 2014. BJA Grant Number: 2011-D6-BX-K052.
  • Fullerton, C.A., Kim, M.L.; Thomas, C.P.; Lyman, D.R., Montejano, L.B., Dougherty, R.H., Daniels, A.S., Ghose, S.S., Delphin-Rittmon, M.E. “Medication-Assisted Treatment with Methadone: Assessing the Evidence.” Psychiatric Services 65(2). (2014): 146-157. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201300235
  • Thomas, C.P., Fullerton, C.A., Kim, M.L., Montejano, L., Lyman, D.R., Dougherty, R.H., Daniels, A.S., Ghose, S.S., Delphin-Rittmon, M.E. “Medication-Assisted Treatment with Buprenorphine: Assessing the Evidence.” Psychiatric Services 65(2). (2014): 158-170. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201300256
  • Kim, Meelee L. “Prescriber Education Initiatives - Impact and Effectiveness.” Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center Webinar. January 29, 2014.
  • Thomas, C., Kim, M.L., Kelleher, S., Nikitin, R., Kreiner, P., McDonald, A., & Carrow, G. “Early experience with electronic prescribing of controlled substances in a community setting.” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (e1). (2013): e44-51. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001499.
  • Harding, W., Pineros-Shields, T., Johnson, J., Kim, M.L. Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs: A Review of Literature (2006-2012). Prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. 2013. Contract reference #HHSS277200800004C.
  • Harding, W., Pineros-Shields, T., Johnson, J., Kim, M.L. Strategies and Interventions for Reducing Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs: A Review of Literature (2006-2013). Prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. 2013. Contract reference #HHSS277200800004C.
  • Kim, Meelee L. “Policy Evaluation: Prescription Drug Use.” Safe States Alliance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Injury Webinar. May 21, 2013.
  • Kim, Meelee L. “Exploring Community Risk & Protective Factors on Harmful Alcohol and Prescription Drug Use.” American Evaluation Association Annual Conference. Washington D.C. October 18, 2013.
  • Kim, Meelee L. & Knue, Patrick. “Ask the Experts: OTC and Rx Drug Abuse Solutions Roundtable: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Prescriber Initiatives.” Community Against-Drugs Coalitions of America (CADCA) Mid-Year Meeting. Austin, TX. July 25, 2013.
  • Kim, Meelee L. “From Epi to Policy: Prescription Drug Overdose. Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Literature Review Findings.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) State Health Department Training and Technical Assistance Meeting. Atlanta, GA. April 22, 2013.
  • Thomas C.P., Kim, M.L., McDonald A., Kreiner, P., Kelleher Jr, S.J., Blackman, M., Kaufman, P.N. Carrow, G.M. “Prescribers’ expectations and barriers to electronic prescribing of controlled substances.” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 19(3). (2012): 375-381. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000209.
  • Katz, N., Panas, L., Kim, ML, Audet, AD, Bilansky, A, Eadie, J, Kreiner, P, Paillard, FC, Thomas, C, Carrow, G. (2009). "Usefulness of prescription monitoring programs for surveillance - analysis of Schedule II opioid prescription data in Massachusetts, 1996-2006," Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Vol 19(2): 115-123.
  • Katz N, Houle B, Fernandez KC, Kreiner P, Thomas CP, Kim ML, Carrow GM, Audet A, Brushwood D. (2008). "Update on prescription monitoring in clinical practice: a survey study of prescription monitoring program administrators." Pain Medicine, 9(5): 587-594.
Meelee Kim

Profile

Meelee Kim is a Research Associate at the Institute for Behavior Health at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation of community based substance abuse and other behavioral health interventions. She is currently working on a project exploring ways in which PDMPs may be used to evaluate initiatives intended to facilitate safer prescribing of controlled substances. She is also a Ph.D. Candidate whose research is focused on studying the effects of community level characteristics on alcohol and prescription drug abuse. She serves as the newsletter editor for the American Public Health Association’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section.

Degrees

Brandeis University
M.A.

Boston University
B.A.

Awards and Honors

  • NIAAA Doctoral Training Grant (2007-2010)
  • Institute on Youth Violence Prevention summer trainee (2010)