“Addiction Health Services Research at NIH: Workshop for Early Career Investigators”


Wednesday, October 18 from 1:00-2:30 PM at Verizon 215

NIDA and NIAAA support a rich portfolio of addiction health services research. This pre-conference workshop will provide an overview of various grant funding mechanisms appropriate for early career investigators; give some guidance about deciding on the right mechanism to fit your research and career goals; offer some grantsmanship tips and tricks and insight on the review process; highlight current RFAs and other funding opportunities for services research; and discuss priority topics for each Institute. Ample time will be provided for Q&A with the speakers and with other NIH program officials. While the target audience for this workshop is early career investigators, all are welcome.

Workshop Faculty:

  • Tisha Wiley, PhD, NIDA
  • Laura Kwako, PhD, NIAAA

“Using Population Claims Data for Substance Use Policy and Health Services Research”


Wednesday, October 18 from 1:00-2:30 PM at Verizon 225

This workshop will provide an introduction to working with population claims data for substance use policy and health services research. The workshop will be facilitated by investigators from the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HIV, and HCV (CHERISH). We will engage participants in the discussion of how to use coded data in claims, considerations of continuous enrollment requirements, and construction of health care utilization and cost measures from claims data. We will also discuss general strengths and limitations of claims data and resources (in particular, multi-disciplinary expertise on the team) that are needed to support population claims data research. Examples from the facilitators’ past and present research in substance use services and policies will be used throughout the workshop. This workshop is designed for trainees and investigators interested in using population claims data for research. No prior experience with claims data is required.

Workshop Faculty:

  • Yuhua Bao, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Jake Morgan, PhD, Boston University School of Public Health

“Optimizing the Adaptation and Personalization of SUD Services: Innovations in Intervention and Experimental Designs”

MAPS Center

Wednesday, October 18 from 1:00-2:30 PM at Verizon 315

Effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for substance use disorders (SUD) demand an increasing array of evidence-based interventions to address individuals’ changing strengths, needs, and circumstances. This can be achieved via Adaptive Interventions, which explicitly guide how to modify the type/‌intensity of services based on information about the individual. Furthermore, advances in digital technologies, such as electronic health records (EHRs) and mobile devices, have created unprecedented opportunities to obtain data for use in adapting interventions at different time scales (e.g., monthly, many times a day) and levels (e.g., individual, clinic, health system). This workshop will provide an introduction to recent methodological advances for optimizing adaptive interventions for SUD. Specifically, we will introduce novel types of adaptive interventions and discuss new experimental designs for optimizing these adaptive interventions.

Workshop Faculty:

  • Inbal Billie Nahum-Shani, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Daniel Almirall, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Susan A. Murphy, PhD, Harvard University
  • Linda M. Collins, PhD, New York University

“Conducting Medicaid-Related Research Rationale, Priorities, Challenges, and Opportunities”

Brandeis-Harvard SPIRE Center

Wednesday, October 18 from 3:00-4:30 PM at Verizon 215

Medicaid covers nearly 1 in 5 Americans and more than 1 in 5 people with addiction, is an increasingly important payer of treatment and recovery services and serves as a real-world laboratory for service delivery and financing innovations through CMS waivers to the states. Research in the context of Medicaid is an essential contribution to the addiction health services research field. Medicaid research can be conducted in collaboration with states, in response to the priorities of states and CMS, and investigator-initiated, for example, by using Medicaid claims data. During this pre-conference session, we will provide an overview of the Medicaid context from a research and policy perspective. A panel of researchers and Medicaid policy experts will discuss the opportunities, advantages, rewards, and challenges of this type of research; discuss research gaps and priorities; and offer guidance about how to engage in Medicaid research. This workshop is sponsored by the NIDA-funded Brandeis-Harvard SPIRE Center: SUD Systems Performance Improvement Research and Engagement.

Workshop Faculty:

  • Maureen Stewart, PhD, The Heller School, Brandeis University (Host and Moderator)
  • Christina Andrews, PhD, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
  • Julie Donohue, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Adam Stoler, Principal, Aligned Solutions LLC
  • Shazia Hussain, MPH, Director, Bureau of Behavioral Health Metrics and Evaluation, Division of Addiction Treatment and Recovery (ATAR), New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS)

“Navigating the Myriad of Analytic Choices for Policy Evaluation Studies”

RAND Opioid Policy Tools and Information Center (OPTIC)

Wednesday, October 18 from 3:00-4:30 PM at Verizon 225

This workshop, presented by RAND-USC Schaeffer Opioid Policy Tools and Information Center (OPTIC), will provide an overview of analytic methods for state policy evaluation studies. Designed for applied researchers, topics will include the classic difference-in-differences approach, alternatives including autoregressive models and synthetic control methods, as well as newly introduced difference-in-differences methods that address issues such as staggered policy adoption and heterogenous treatment effects. We will present a methodological “decision tree” to provide attendees with an understanding of analytic contexts in which various methods are appropriate and will discuss the relative advantages and shortcomings of methods. Prior knowledge/experience with policy evaluation is not required.

Workshop Faculty:

  • Megan Schuler, PhD, MS, RAND Corporation
  • Beth Ann Griffin, PhD, SM, RAND Corporation

“Leveraging Implementation Science in Your Research and in Your Career”

Center for Dissemination and Implementation (C-DIAS) at Stanford University

Wednesday, October 18 from 3:00-4:30 PM at Verizon 315

This interactive workshop will introduce key concepts and methods of implementation science. The focus will be on how to pragmatically integrate implementation research frameworks, measures, methods, and designs into typical addiction health services or intervention evaluation projects. Demand for expertise in addiction implementation science is growing, so career pathways for training and mentoring, including for NIH K mechanisms, will be discussed. The workshop format will promote active interplay between panelists and audience. The first 60 minutes will feature very brief presentations and dialog in response to audience questions. In the last 30 minutes, participants will be able to choose a roundtable for small group discussions.

Workshop Faculty:

  • Mark McGovern, PhD, MA, Stanford University School of Medicine (Host and Moderator)
  • Sara Becker, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Cecelia Calhoun, MD, MPHS, MBA, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Hélène Chokron Garneau, PhD, MPH, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Lori Ducharme, PhD, NIDA