Current Leadership

Maryann Amodeo, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W.


Phone: 617-353-7916

Focus: Clinical Practice and
Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Dr. Amodeo, a Clinical Practice Professor at BUSSW, has more than 20 years of professional experience in the alcoholism and drug abuse fields as a clinician, educator, and researcher. Her research interests include: resilience in women raised in alcoholic families, the impact of substance abuse training on social work practice, the effects of drug treatment on injection drug users, and cross-cultural practice. Her activities have been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, among other organizations. She has received national awards for her pioneering work in integrating substance abuse skills in the social work curriculum. For 15 years, she directed an interdisciplinary Postgraduate Certificate Program in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse from which 300 masters and doctoral-level professionals graduated. She has written and lectured extensively on issues such as denial, countertransference and stages of recovery. For more than 10 years, Dr. Amodeo is a member of a national interdisciplinary organization, the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), and served in leadership roles as Member-at-Large, Secretary, Vice President, President, and Immediate Past-President from 1995 to 2005.

Current Ongoing Grants

2013-2016 Principal Investigator, Mi Camino- Peer-Based Recovery Support Services for Latinos with
Substance Use and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders. Evaluation of a  SAMHSA/CSAT-funded project using evidence-based practices, including peer counseling, to improve treatment outcomes for Latino men and women with co-occurring disorders. (Subcontract to BUSSW $150,000).

Co-Principal Investigator. (2008-2011). (PI: L Lundgren, BSUSSW). Factors Associated with Adopting Evidence-based Substance Abuse Treatment Practices in Community Organizations Funded through Federal Program Efforts. A Robert Wood Johnson funded national study of 500 community organizations. To examine factors that facilitated and/or impeded the implementation of proposed evidence-based treatments. $400,000.

Advisory Board Member and Course Instructor. (2006-2011) (PI: Jeffrey H. Samet, BUMed). Chief Resident Immersion Training Program in Substance Abuse Research. A 5-year NIDA R25 Competitive Renewal to teach a national group of Chief Residents the skills for substance abuse research through an intensive 4-day training program. $1.5 million.

Consultant. (2007-2009). (PI: MJ Larson, New England Research Institutes). TEACH-CBT—Small Business Innovation Research. A NIDA grant to convert a web-based course for teaching cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills into a product for commercial distribution to the addiction treatment field. $100,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. (2006-2009). (PI: L Lundgren, BUSSW). Expand HIV Outreach through Mobile Van Services. A CSAT grant to expand stationary HIV outreach services to include a mobile van providing HIV testing, education, and mental health counseling for Latinos in Western Massachusetts. $1. million (Subcontract to BUSSW from Tapestry Health Services–$500,000).

Co-Investigator. (2003-2008). (PI: MJ Larson, New England Research Institutes). TEACH-CBT. A NIDA R01 using an experimental and delayed control group design to study the effectiveness of innovative technology for teaching cognitive behavioral skills to teams of substance abuse counselors and their supervisors throughout New England. $1.6 million

Recent publications can be reviewed at: Dr. Amodeo Publications