People and Projects

IU's Responding to the Addictions Grand Challenge intitiative involves a broad array of IU's world-class faculty. Through 30+ interdisciplinary projects, divided into five categories, our researchers are working to address the biological and psychological underpinnings of addiction; the family and social structures that contribute to addiction, facilitate or discourage recovery; community-based strategies to improve resilience and policy and laws. Meet the researchers who are doing their part in the addicitons crisis.

Titus Schleyer

Provide a platform for large-scale analysis and visualizations across data sources in the Indiana Addictions Data Commons to help the Responding to the Addictions Crisis initiative measure its impact.

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Jon Agley

Execute a statewide public health intervention aimed at increasing opioid addiction diagnosis, reducing opioid overdose mortality, HIV and Hepatitis C and strengthening prevention and treatment options for opioid users.

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Education, Training and Certification

Joan Duwve

Launch of Project ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) hubs for treatment of Hepatitis C and HIV; develop ECHO programs in transgender health peer education and pain management.  

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Andrea Pfeifle

Increase and improve the training of health care professionals from IU, using a systems-based approach that addresses opioid substance abuse disorder and overdose through screening, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. 

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Ellen Vaughan

Develop/implement an educational program for an Addictions Counseling Certificate and an Addictions Counseling Master’s degree to increase the capacity and quality of addictions treatment in Indiana.

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Policy Analysis, Economics and Law

Nic Terry

Develop evidence-based law and policy interventions that improve substance use health outcomes and work with law and policy experts to find ways to improve the effectiveness of Indiana law/policy around the opioid crisis.

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Ross Silverman

Analyze the content, implementation and impact of local, state and national laws and policies related to addiction; evaluate the implementation of laws, policies and programs and their impact.

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Community and Workforce Development

Kosali Simon and Katy Borner

Develop ways to analyze and visualize data related to the opioid epidemic, to create a foundational platform for research, policy development and practical interventions.

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Robin Newhouse

Evaluate the current treatment capacity landscape across the state, recommending strategies that build workforce and treatment capacity and create an action network of nurses throughout Indiana.

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