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Substance Use

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Use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs has long been associated, both in the US and internationally, with public health problems such as chronic lung and liver disease as well as increased risk for sexually transmitted or blood-borne infections. More recently, the opioid crisis in the US has claimed more lives annually than for motor vehicle accidents. The availability of illicitly produced synthetic opioids has increased dramatically since 2013, further contributing to the public health crisis. Research in the Department of the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases includes epidemiological and geospatial analyses of opioid-involved fatalities in Connecticut and assessing the potential public health benefits of expanded access to naloxone and expedited referral to medication assisted treatment through harm reduction organizations and emergency departments. Other studies have sought to understand the contextual factors that may contribute to risk of non-fatal opioid overdoses and whether mHealth applications can be effective tools for treating tobacco and substance use disorders.

Faculty of Interest

  • Associate Research Scientist in Biostatistics; Associate Director for Research Methods and Analysis, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Lecturer for Statistics and Data Science; Associate Director for Research Methods and Analysis, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

    Research Interests
    Statistics as Topic; Diseases
  • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology; Director, Emerging Infections Program

    Research Interests
    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; Foodborne Diseases; Hepatitis C; Injections; Public Health; Russia; Vietnam; Global Health; HIV Infections

Secondary Faculty

  • Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director, Clinical and Community Research; Director, HIV in Prisons Program; Director, Community Health Care Van; Academic Icon Professor of Medicine, University of Malaya-Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA)

    Research Interests
    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Behavioral Medicine; Community Medicine; Decision Making; Epidemiology; Hepatitis, Viral, Human; Social Medicine; Global Health; HIV Infections; Cognitive Therapy; AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections; Health Status Disparities; Healthcare Disparities; Infectious Disease Medicine; Community-Based Participatory Research; Chemicals and Drugs; Health Care
  • Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), of Emergency Medicine, and of Public Health; Professor, Investigative Medicine; Director, Yale Program in Addiction Medicine; Director, Health Services and Research Core, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA), School of Public Health

    Research Interests
    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Alcoholism; Buprenorphine; Health Policy; HIV; Internal Medicine; Opioid-Related Disorders; Substance Abuse Detection; Substance Abuse Treatment Centers