Research and Evaluation

The Center’s research focuses on substance abuse issues affecting individuals, families, and communities. Research areas include:

  • Role of substance abuse treatment in preventing HIV/AIDS
  • Identifying patterns of service utilization among substance users
  • Factors affecting access to substance abuse treatment
  • Parental substance abuse and effects on children
  • Methadone maintenance and other medically assisted treatments
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in substance abuse treatment
  • Assessment of outcomes in substance abuse training
  • Influence of acculturation on use/abuse of alcohol and other drugs
  • Substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric disorders

Research Capability

The Center has the capacity to undertake both quantitative and qualitative research, conduct statewide multi-site evaluations as well as evaluations of single-site community-level programs, develop and examine statewide and national data bases, and analyze both survey and MIS data.

Center studies have included activities such as the following:

  • Utilization of standardized instruments and development of new targeted questionnaires
  • Training and supervision of community workers as interviewers
  • Training and supervision of staff engaged in client tracking
  • Translation of instruments into Spanish
  • Telephone screening of subjects for community studies with disguised questions to ensure subjects are blind to the purpose of the research
  • Involvement of consumers in planning and implementing research
  • Developing appropriate sampling designs
  • Cleaning and merging of large data bases
  • Training on IRB regulations and completion of IRB applications

The Center is also a member of the Boston University Transdisciplinary Training Program in Addiction Science (TTPAS). More information on this program can be found at: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/ttpas/