Brandeis-Harvard SPIRE Center

2023 SUD Systems Performance Scholars

The SPIRE Center is thrilled to welcome our first cohort of SUD Systems Performance Scholars, beginning September 2023. 

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Ryan E. Flinn, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota (UND). Dr. Flinn’s program of research will address the syndemic of trauma, substance use, legal system involvement, and HIV transmission with a particular focus on peer recovery support services. Dr. Flinn has published on topics including trauma-sensitive approaches to K-12 education, mental health literacy and help-seeking, peer-referral to mental health services, polysubstance use, technology-delivered interventions for HIV prevention and gender dysphoria, and access to care.


Dr. Flinn completed their master’s degree at the University of Detroit Mercy, their doctorate at New Mexico State University (internship at The Ohio State University’s Counseling and Consultation Service), and postdoctoral training in HIV/LGBTQ Health Psychology at the Medical College of Georgia.


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Pricila Mullachery, PhD is an interdisciplinary scholar with background in health disparities, causal inference, and health service research. Her research is focused on the impact of social and health care policies on health outcomes among disadvantaged populations. She is particularly interested in elucidating the mechanisms by which Medicaid policies may mitigate or exacerbate existing health disparities in access to medication for opioid use disorders.

Dr. Mullachery am an assistant professor at Temple University College of Public Health. She received a PhD in public health policy from New York University and completed postdoctoral training in social epidemiology and urban health at Drexel University School of Public Health.


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Peter Treitler, PhD is an investigator with experience as a substance abuse and mental health clinician, working with individuals returning home from incarceration. His current work examines the implementation and outcomes of health services for people with substance use disorders, and how federal, state, and payer policies shape their treatment and recovery experiences. With the goal of improving treatment across the health system, he studies interventions that engage individuals in correctional facilities, emergency departments, and primary care clinics, and the policies that support implementation in these settings.

 Dr. Treitler is an assistant professor at Boston University School of Social Work. He uses a mixed methods approach to combine analyses of large administrative data sets such as Medicare and Medicaid claims with qualitative perspectives from consumers, patients, and policymakers.