Institute for Behavioral Health


IBH researchers have multi-faceted roles within the larger Brandeis community. They teach interdisciplinary courses at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels, serve as mentors, advisors, and as PhD committee chairs and members. IBH itself plays an educational role as well as the home for PhD and MPP students focused on behavioral health. IBH also houses a doctoral training program funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  


 Current and former NIAAA trainees meet up at the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) annual conference in New York, October 2023.

Drinking in the Data

The Winter 2023 issue of Heller Magazine features Heller's NIAAA training program.

Recent student publications


Andrews CM, Hinds OM, Rojas-Lozano F, Besmann WL, Abraham AJ, Grogan CM, Silverman AF. (2023). State funding for substance use disorder treatment declined in the wake of Medicaid expansion. Health Affairs, 42(7), 981-990.

Bohler RM, Freeman PR,  Villani J, Hunt T, Linas BS, Walley AY,  Green TC,  Lofwall MR, Bridden C, Frazier LA, Fanucchi LC, Talbert JC, Chandler R. The policy landscape for naloxone distribution in four states highly impacted by fatal opioid overdoses. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 6:100126.  PMCID: PMC9838196

Dobbs PD, Chadwick G, Crosbie E, Breslin J, Henriksen L. (2023) Preemption in state tobacco minimum legal sales age laws in the US, 2022: A policy analysis of state statutes and case laws. International Journal of Environmental Research in Public Health; 20:6016.  PMCID: PMC10253183

Kumar A, Dasgupta A, Snyder S, Hahn E, Santos J (2023). Spotlight on Asylum: Health Equity and Care for Asylum Seekers in Massachusetts

Munck Machado N, Cagan R, Faseru B, Choi WS, Brown A, Chadwick G, Jackson J, Everett K, Bond T, Richter K. (2023) Leveraging national data and regional innovations to right-size tobacco treatment policy for behavioral health in a midwestern state. Substance Abuse; 44(3):235-240.  

Joanne Nicholson, Shayna Mazel, Kristen Faughan, Allie Silverman. (2023) Mothers with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Health Conditions and Community Experts Provide Recommendations for Treatment/Services, Systems, and Research. Intl J Environ Res Public Health, 20(10):5876. PMCID: PMC 10218658

Reif  S, Lee MT, Ledingham E. (2023) The intersection of disability with substance use and addiction. In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health. Oxford University Press.   

Thomas CP, Stewart MT, 8Ledingham E, Adams RS, Panas L, Reif S. (2023) Quality of opioid use disorder treatment for persons with and without disabling conditions. JAMA Netw Open, 6(3):e232052. PMCID: PMC9996401

Zahnd WE, Silverman AF, Self S, Hung P, Natafgi N, Adams SA, Merrell MA, Owens OL, Crouch EL, Eberth JM. (2023). The COVID-19 pandemic impact on independent and provider-based rural health clinics’ operations and cancer  prevention and screening provisions in the United States. The Journal of Rural Health; 39(4):765-771.


Adams RS, Ledingham E, Keyes KM. (2022) Have we overlooked the influence of “wine-mom” culture on alcohol consumption among mothers? Addictive Behaviors, 124:107119. 

Braciszewski JM, Colby SM, Franklin MJ, Stout RL, Vose-O’Neal A, Bock BC. (2022). Tech-based smoking cessation for youth exiting foster care: A pilot randomized trial. Journal of Public Child Welfare. 18(1):61-79. PMCID: PMC10746143

Chadwick V, Dobbs P, Everett K, Gluesenkamp K, Vinzant D. (2022) Components in tobacco-free school policies – a coding tool for assessment. Journal of American College Health,1-8.

Chen B, Silverman AF, Suen S, Zhang S, Andrews C. (2022). Differential patterns of opioid misuse between younger and older adults – A retrospective observational study using data from South Carolina’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 48(5), 618-628.

Ledingham EC, Adams RS, Heaphy D, Duarte A, Reif S. (2022) Perspectives of adults with disabilities and opioid misuse: Qualitative findings illuminating experiences with stigma and substance use treatment. Disability & Health Journal, 101292.

Ledingham E, Wright G, Mitra M. (2022) Sexual violence against women with disabilities: experiences with force and lifetime risk. Elsevier Enhanced Reader. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Published online.

McInnes DK, Kershaw K, Murray L, Stevens C, Silverman AF, Byrne T, Sabin L, Garvin L, Vimalananda VG. (2022). Text messaging to increase patient engagement in a large health care for the homeless clinic: Results of a randomized pilot study. Digital Health Journal, 8:1-13. PMCID: PMC9551340

Nicholson J, Valentine A, Ledingham E, Reif S. (2022) Peer support at the intersection of disability and opioid (mis)use: Key stakeholders provide essential considerations. IJERPH, 19(15):9664. PMCID: PMC9368223


Bohler RM, Hodgkin D, Kreiner PW, Green TC. (2021) Predictors of US states' adoption of naloxone access laws, 2001-2017. Drug Alcohol Depend, 225:108772. PMCID: PMC8282714

Kritikos AF, Johnson JK, Hodgkin D. (2021) Past 30-Day Marijuana Vaping: Prevalence and Predictors of Use in a Nationally Representative Study of U.S. Youth. .Am J Prev Med. 60(2):258-266.  PMCID: PMC7854829 

Mazel S, Zisman-Ilani Y, Hennig S, Garnick D, Nicholson J. (2021) Virtual Engagement in a Social Media Community of Mothers With Substance Use Disorders: Content Analysis. JMIR Form Res, 5(6):e24353.  PMCID: PMC8277390 

Saadoun M, Bauer MR, Adams RS, Highland KB, Larson MJ. (2021) Opioid and Nonpharmacologic Treatments Among Soldiers With Chronic Pain and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychiatr Serv, 72(3):264-272. PMCID: PMC8127998 

Morgan Shields
Dr. Morgan Shields

Morgan Shields, PhD'20, 2020 AHSR Early Investigator Award Winner

Dr. Shields is a recent NIAAA Pre-doctoral fellow and 2020 Heller School graduate.