Center Activities

Constance Horgan speaks at the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center events!

Recent Events

  • 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. Drs. Ben Cook and Tim Creedon of Cambridge Health Alliance presented the methods workshop webinar, which can be found here.
  • 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."
  • October 16, 2019: The NIDA Center hosted 2 pre-conference workshops at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference in Park City, Utah:

    • 1-2:30pm: Research Collaboration with States - Opportunities to Shape Addiction Treatment Systems

    Collaboration between researchers and states has a history of producing fruitful findings that contribute to shaping addiction treatment systems. During this pre-conference session, presenters will build on their experience with these collaborations to present information on the range of opportunities for such relationships; the strengths that each party brings to the table; federal, state and foundation sources of funding; practical advice for researchers on how to identify appropriate state agencies and for states on how to identify interested researchers; how to initiate and build a partnership; and examples of specific projects. Next, a panel of several sets of researchers and state representatives who have worked together will discuss the opportunities, advantages, rewards and challenges of their partnerships. By bringing together researchers and state representatives in this session, there will be an opportunity for targeted networking.  

    • 3-4:30pm: Tips to Launch a Successful Career for Early Investigators

    This pre-conference session will include a panel of senior researchers from a variety of settings (e.g., academia, research/consulting firms) to give "nuts and bolts" guidance to new researchers interested in learning more about opportunities for research both in and beyond academia.  Topics could include setting priorities for the range of opportunities that arise across research, teaching and service; collaborating with other researchers; collaborating with community settings; writing manuscripts and grant reviews; identifying and evaluating grant opportunities.

    The NIDA Center also sponsored and presented in 4 scientific breakout sessions, as well as facilitated the conference's mentoring program. Read more about all of the NIDA Center's activities at AHSR 2019 here!

  • September 6, 2019: The NIDA Center prepared an issue brief and co-sponsored a Massachusetts Health Policy Forum on Opioids in Western Massachusetts at UMass Amherst. The report, Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusettsconcludes that no single opioid policy will make a substantial impact on the crisis. It suggests as most effective a combination of evidence-based policies that work together to prevent, treat and mitigate the effects of opioid use disorder (OUD), and are specific to the area.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Look for Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center researchers at the following upcoming conferences:

  • 2020 ASHEcon Conference, June 7-10, 2020, St. Louis, Missouri: Center researcher Dominic Hodgkin will be presenting on the economics of substance use disorder treatment
  • Research Society on Alcoholism, June 20-24, 2020, New Orleans, Louisiana: Center Director Constance Horgan and Deputy Director Sharon Reif will lead a session on alcohol health services research.


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

  • Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference 2019 in Park City, Utah.Mentoring at AHSR 2019
  • AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2019 in Washington, D.C.

If you’re interested in being a mentor or mentee at these conferences, please contact Hillary Richards for more information.


  •  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

 Sample State .do file

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