Brandeis-Harvard SPIRE Center

Recent Center Activities

Quality Measurement in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: The Role of Social Risk Factor Adjustment

The Brandeis-Harvard SPIRE Center hosted a webinar on February 9th, 2024 with Dr. David Shahian addressing the role of social risk factor adjustment in quality measurement for SUD treatment. Dr. Shahian is a professor at Harvard Medical School, cardiac surgeon, and leader in quality measurement and public reporting. See the list of references for further insight into this area of work.


Tips to Launch a Successful Career for Early Investigators

The Brandeis-Harvard SPIRE Center hosted a webinar with a panel of researchers from a variety of settings and career stages to give "nuts and bolts" guidance to new researchers interested in learning more about research careers both in and beyond academia. View a recording of the session

Pictures of panelists including Leon Caldwell, Jessica Chen, Matthew Eisenberg, Melody Goodman, Cori Sheedy, and Andrew Quanbeck

Resources for Conducting Medicaid-Related Research

On October 18, 2023, Center Research Maureen Stewart moderated a panel discussion on Conducting Medicaid-Related Research at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference (AHSR). Review the conference handout for more detailed resources.

Pictures of panelists including Leon Caldwell, Jessica Chen, Matthew Eisenberg, Melody Goodman, Cori Sheedy, and Andrew Quanbeck


Recent Symposia

  • January 25, 2023: Center Research Dominic Hodgkin presented on a Payment and Financing panel at NIDA and NIMH's virtual economics meeting. A recording of the session can be found here, along with more information about Dr. Hodgkin's panel and other presentations. 

  • 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 Practice: 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 Workshops

  • June 2, 2023: Dr. Jose Zubizarreta presented "Design and Analysis of Observational Studies of Causal Effects." Dr. Zubizarreta is Professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health, and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Statistics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.  His work centers on the development of statistical methods for causal inference and impact evaluation to advance research in health care and public policy.  In his methodological work, Dr. Zubizarreta is broadly interested in the design and analysis of randomized experiments and observational studies.
  • 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 researchers 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 Methodological 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:

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