Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center

Recent Center Activities

The Future of Telehealth for Behavioral Health Care: Issues for Guiding Policy and Practice

On June 24, 2021 the Center, along with the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy and Research, co-hosted a panel discussion including center researchers Dr. Alisa Busch and Dr. Haiden Huskamp, along with Jonathan Ciampi, Dr. Ken Duckworth, Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, and Dr. Donovan Wong.

Center Director Constance Horgan, ScD, presents with the research panel at the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum "Opioids in the Workforce"

Symposia

Recent Symposia

  • June 24, 2021: The Center, along with the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy and Research, co-hosted a panel discussion, "The Future of Telehealth for Behavioral Health Care: Issues for Guiding Policy and Practice." The panel included center researchers Dr. Alisa Busch and Dr. Haiden Huskamp, along with Jonathan Ciampi, Dr. Ken Duckworth, Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, and Dr. Donovan Wong.
  • November 10, 2020: The Center hosted its Fall Symposium, "Achieving Population Mental Health During the COVID Pandemic," presented by Dr. Philip Wang, Chief of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, former Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and former Deputy Medical Director and Director of Research for the American Psychiatric Association (APA). 
  • December 10, 2019: The Center hosted its 2019 Fall Symposium with Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH, on "Gender Differences in Substance Use Disorders: Implications for Women's Addiction Treatment."
  • May 7, 2019: The NIDA Center's annual Spring Symposium took place in the Zinner Forum at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Lisa Marsch, PhD, Director of the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth College, spoke about the use of digital technology in behavioral health care.
  • October 2018: The Fall 2018 Fall symposium featured Katherine Bradley, who presented "Integrating Routine Care for Alcohol and Other Drug Use in the Primary Care Setting"
  • March 27, 2018: The NIDA Center hosted Michael Botticelli, Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center, who spoke on success and challenges to implementing evidence-based approaches to end the opioid epidemic during his talk "From Science to Pratice: Successes and Challenges in Implementing Effective Approaches to End the Opioid Epidemic"
  • May 31, 2017: Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, President of the American Psychological Association and former Director of the Philadelphia Office of Addiction Services presented on "Employing a Population Health Approach to Address Behavioral Health Conditions."
  • December, 2016: We hosted Richard Frank, PhD, who presented "Fentanyl: An Urgent and Emerging Threat."
  • February 22, 2016: The NIDA Center symposium took place at Brandeis University. Haiden Huskamp, PhD, presented on "Effects of a Global Payment and Accountable Care Model on Substance Use Disorder Service Use and Spending." 

Methods

  • January 22, 2021: Dr. Wei Hsuan Jenny-Lo Ciganic presented "Applying group-based trajectory modeling in health outcomes research." Dr. Lo-Ciganic is a pharmacoepidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. She is also a core faculty member in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Safety (CoDES) at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

Methods workshop recording: January 22, 2021: Applying group-based trajectory modeling in health outcomes research

Methods workshop PowerPoint slides: January 22, 2021

Sample Stata .do file

Sample Stata file as a PDF

Objectives and suggested related readings

  • November 13th, 2020: The Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center hosted a methods workshop, "Let's put our differences aside and talk about difference-in-differences." Dr. Andrew Ryan, United Healthcare Professor of Health Care Management in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Director of the Center for Evaluating Health Reform, and faculty lead of the Data and Methods Hub for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation presented. 
Methods workshop recoding: November 13, 2020: Let's put our differences aside and talk about difference-in-differences
  • March 27, 2020, 9:30am-11:30am: The Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center hosted a methods workshop focused on measuring racial/ethnic disparities in SUD treatment. This workshop was presented by Drs. Ben Cook and Tim Creedon of Cambridge Health Alliance. A recording, along with workshop materials, are provided below:

Methods workshop recording: March 27, 2020: Measuring Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Substance Use Disorder and Related Treatment Services

Methods workshop PowerPoint slides: March 27, 2020

  • March 1, 2019: The NIDA Center hosted a methods workshop with Peter Kreiner, PhD, entitled “Network Analysis: Application to Diffusion, Project Team Performance, and Civic Health,” at Brandeis University.
  • October 17, 2018:  Center resesearchers presented "Opportunities and Challenges in Using Claims/Encounter Data in Addiction Health Services Research"  as a pre-conference methods workshop at AHSR
  • April 27, 2018: Dr. Enola Proctor and Dr. Alex Ramsey presented a methods workshop on implementation research methods and design.
  • April 27, 2017: Dr. Tom McGuire presented a methods workshop, "Differences, Disparities, and Discrimination in Health Care: Conceptual and Methodolgoical Issues"

Conferences and other events

The Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center has sponsored or co-sponsored several conference activities, including:

  • Addiction Health Services Research Conference
  • Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership Integration Conference
  • AcademyHealth Annual Reearch meeting

The Center has also sponsored or co-sponsored several other events, including:

  • Massacshuetts Health Policy Forum
    • April 2016: "Reducing Risky Alcohol Use: What Health Care Systems Can Do"
    • Novebmer 2018: "Opioids in the Workforce"
    • September 2019: "Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts"
  • Transforming OUD Care Delivery in Massachsuetts: A Learning Collaborative
  • Opioid Policy Research Collaborative Launch

Mentoring

Mentoring Activities

The Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center has facilitated mentoring at the following national conferences:

  • Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference 2020 (virtual event)
  • Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference 2019 in Park City, Utah.Mentoring at AHSR 2019
  • AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2019 in Washington, D.C.
  • AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2018 in Seattle, WA
  • Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference 2017 in Madison, WI.

 

Pilot Projects

Pilot paper awardee Title of paper Mentor (s)
Jenn Miles Changes in residential substance use treatment service access resulting from recent Medicaid section 1115 waivers Haiden Huskamp
Adrienne Sabety Opioid use in older adults and Medicare Part D Dominic Hodgkin
Morgan Shields Electronic health information exchange at discharge from inpatient psychiatric care in acute care hospitals Alisa Busch and Constance Horgan
Carrie Fry Medicaid work requirements and OUD exemption Sharon Reif
Kelsey Berry Sustainability of "Treatment-Not-Incarceration" reform: what happens to utilization and quality of substance abuse treatment for justice-involved individuals when funds run out? Diana Bowser and Haiden Huskamp
Robert Bohler Opioid policy diffusion: how do state characteristics and regional influences affect adoption of policies to address a public health emergency Dominic Hodgkin and Haiden Huskamp
Shayna Mazel Using social media data to identify factors promoting women's perceptions and engagement with the SUD delivery system Deborah Garnick and Joanne Nicholson
Michael Flores Assessing clinical and health service use factors associated with opioid-related mortality Alisa Busch
Tim Creedon Rural trends in the availability of methadone maintenance therapy during the beginning of the national opioid crisis Constance Horgan and Cindy Parks Thomas
Samantha Auty A national assessment to improve the campus mental health system for college students with polysubstance use and co-occurring mental illness Sharon Reif

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