Researchers/Faculty

The Institute for Behavioral Health (IBH) is home to over 35 researchers, faculty, and staff, many of whom work collaboratively on projects across the SIHP institutes. An additional group of staff members support activities at IBH, comprised of statisticians, statistical programmers, research assistants, IT support professionals, and finance and research administrators, within the Heller School and the larger Brandeis community. Our research is also supported by doctoral students who serve as graduate research and teaching assistants. IBH is home to a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Training Grant, providing support to 9 doctoral students per year. 

Constance Horgan, Director, Institute for Behavioral Health

Constance Horgan, ScD

Professor, Director of the Institute for Behavioral Health

Expertise: Organization and financing of alcohol, drug and mental health services; quality and effectiveness of behavioral health treatment

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Sharon Reif, Senior Scientist and Lecturer

Sharon Reif, PhD'02

Senior Scientist and Deputy Director, Institute for Behavioral Health

Expertise: Health services research, with a focus on substance use disorders and other behavioral health

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Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD'13

Rachel S. Adams, PhD'13

Scientist

Expertise: Health services research, utilization and diagnoses associated with military health care, public health policy, survey analysis, traumatic brain injury, co-occurring conditions, and health policy

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Mary Brolin, PhD'05, Scientist and Lecturer

Mary Brolin, PhD'05

Scientist and Lecturer

Expertise: Health services research and community-based evaluation with a focus on behavioral health

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Thomas Clark

Thomas Clark

Senior Research Associate

Expertise: Qualitative research, prescription monitoring programs, addiction and behavioral health

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Margot Davis, PhD'08

Senior Research Associate

Expertise: Qualitative research, behavioral health treatment systems, evaluation research, addiction services research, faith-based programs

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Robert Dunigan, PhD'04

Robert Dunigan, PhD'04

Senior Research Associate and Lecturer

Expertise: Behavioral health and social policy; substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment for minority populations; the impact of criminal justice involvement and behavioral health outcomes for marginalized adult and adolescent populations

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Professor Deborah Garnick

Deborah Garnick, ScD

Professor

Expertise: Managed care; health care quality; substance abuse treatment services; insurance reform; performance measurement; healthcare datasets, survey data

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Dominic Hodgkin, Associate Professor

Dominic Hodgkin, PhD

Professor

Expertise: Health economics, managed care, economics of mental health and substance use disorders, prescription drug utilization

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Meelee Kim, MA'09

Research Associate

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

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Andrew Kolodny, MD

Andrew Kolodny, MD

Senior Scientist

Expertise: Prescription opioids and the heroin crisis, prescription drug utilization, public health policy 

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Peter Kreiner

Peter Kreiner, PhD

Senior Scientist

Expertise: Prescription drug misuse, abuse, and diversion, with a particular emphasis on state prescription drug monitoring programs and the use of their data for public health surveillance and evaluation; program evaluation, especially in substance abuse prevention and treatment; interagency network analysis; small geographic area measures and models

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Mary Jo Larson, PhD'92

Mary Jo Larson, PhD'92

Senior Scientist and Lecturer

Expertise: Behavioral health services research; pain management; prescription opioid utilization; longitudinal data analysis; clinical trials; military health system; behavioral health of military members, veterans and families; harm reduction for out-of-treatment individuals; addiction treatment gap; evaluation of system change; adoption of evidence-based practice; web-training; academic detailing

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Margaret Lee

Margaret Lee, PhD

Scientist

Expertise: Quality of care, performance measures, substance use disorder treatment

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Joanne Nicholson, Professor of the Practice

Joanne Nicholson, PhD

Professor of the Practice

Expertise: Parenting and mental illness, psychiatric rehabilitation; web-based interventions

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Lee Panas, Senior Programmer and Lecturer

Lee Panas, MS

Senior Programmer and Lecturer

Expertise: Statistical programming and management of large state and national databases, data analysis using statistical methods such as logistic regression, survival analysis, time series and hierarchical linear modeling

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Carol Prost, MA'09

Research Associate

Expertise: Program management; qualitative research; prevention, health services, community-based, and training and technical assistance evaluations; topical focus areas include substance abuse, prescription drug monitoring programs, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, trauma, criminal justice, minority health, and art-based interventions

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Grant A. Ritter, Associate Research Professor

Grant Ritter

Associate Research Professor

Expertise: Statistics, quantitative methods, health services research

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Maureen Stewart, PhD'09

Maureen Stewart, PhD'09

Scientist and Lecturer

Expertise: Health services research, with a focus on financing, payment, organization and quality of behavioral health care; use of technology to improve access to and quality of behavioral health care

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Gail Strickler, MMHS'94, PhD'07

Gail Strickler, MMHS'94, PhD'07

Senior Research Associate

Expertise: Substance abuse, prescription drug abuse, controlled substance prescribing

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Cindy Thomas, PhD'00, Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Cindy Thomas, PhD'00

Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Expertise: Health Policy, health technology transfer, state health reform, prescription drug policy, addiction treatment, Medicare and Medicaid coverage

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