Center Staff

Deborah Chassler, M.S.W.

Associate Director
Senior Academic Researcher

Deborah Chassler, Senior Academic Researcher, received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) in 1990. She has been working in social work research at BUSSW since 1993. As Associate Director of the Center for Addictions Research and Services at the school, she is responsible for the implementation of federally funded evaluation projects, privately funded research projects, development and management of data collection activities including training materials, data analysis, and supervision of graduate students. She has worked with several BUSSW professors developing data analyses which have resulted in fifteen peer-reviewed journal articles covering a range of subjects including substance abuse treatment and HIV prevention. Before joining the Center, she was responsible for the implementation of several large scale projects funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the National Institute of Aging. Her current research interests include survey research methods with difficult-to-reach populations, and health services utilization among drug users.  In addition to research, Ms. Chassler teaches graduate level social work courses at BUSSW including ‘Social Research Methods’ and ‘Racial Justice and Cultural Oppression’.


Sousa, J., Dawkins, B., Chassler, D., Chorres, R., Guzman, M., Dargon-Hart, S., Sostre, J., Sullivan, M., Linsenmeyer, A., Bhalla, P., DeJesus, D., Stewart, E., Gaeta, J., & Lundgren, L. (2016, November). Hepatitis C among Puerto Rican adults with co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions in greater Boston: Who is positive? Poster presented at the 144th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO, USA.

Purington, T., Chassler, D., Hall, J., Maldonado, N., Whynott, E., Walley, A., & Lundgren, L. (2016). Results from a pilot program in western Massachusetts, Tapestry, to train Latinos in naloxone implementation for overdose. Oral presentation at 2016 Addiction Health Services Research Conference, Seattle, WA.

Amodeo, M., DaSilva-Clark, M, Hall, T. Chassler, D., Krull, I, Devine, E., Brady, S., & Lundgren, L . Nov, 2016). Inter-professional Collaboration in SBIRT Training for Social Workers, Counselors & Psychiatry Residents. Paper presented at Council on Social Work Education Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Nilsson Blom, M., Lundgren, L., Chassler, D. (In press) Predisposing, enabling, and need factors  associated with using prescribed methadone or buprenorphine for a year among heroin  addicts – An exploratory study regarding drug treatment for heroin addicts in the Swedish  welfare system.  Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Lundgren, L., Wilkey, C., Chassler, D., Sandlund, M., Armelius, B., Armelius, K., Brännström, J. (In press) Integrating addiction and mental health treatment within a national addiction treatment system: Using multiple statistical methods to analyze client and interviewer assessment of co-occurring mental health problems. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

D’Ippolito, M., Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., Beltrame, L., Lim, L., Chassler, D. (In press).   Addiction treatment staff perceptions of training as a facilitator or barrier to implementing evidence-based practices: A national qualitative research study. Substance Abuse.

Grahn, R., Lundgren, L., Chassler, D., (2014).  Repeated addiction treatment use in Sweden: A national register database study.  Substance Use and Misuse

Amodeo, M., Lundgren, L., Beltrame, C., Chassler, D., Cohen, A., & D’Ippolito, M. (In press) Facilitating factors in implementing four evidence-based practices: Reports from addiction treatment staff.  Substance Use and Misuse

Trocchio, S. Chassler, D., Storbjörk, J., DeLucchi, K., Witbrodt, J., Lundgren, L. (2013). The association between self-reported mental health status and alcohol and drug abstinence 5 years post-assessment for an addiction disorder in US and Swedish samples.  Journal of Addictive Diseases, 32,180–193.

Lundgren, L., Armelius, B-A,  Armelius, K., Brännström, J.,  Chassler, D., & Sullivan, L.(2012). Beskrivning av tre klientprofiler inom svensk missbruksvård. Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift nr 3-4, 200-216.

Lundgren, L., Brännström, J., Chassler, D., Wilkey, C., Sullivan, L.,  Nordström, A. (2013) Mental health, substance use, and criminal justice characteristics of males with a history of abuse in a Swedish national sample assessed for a substance use disorder through the Swedish welfare system. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 9(1), 46-60.

Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., Chassler, D., Krull, I., Sullivan, L. (2013).  Organizational readiness for change in community-based addiction treatment programs and adherence in implementing evidence-based practices: A national study. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45, 457-465.

Zerden, L., Lundgren, L., Chassler, D. Horowitz, A., Adorno, E., Purington, T. (2013). Social and economic factors associated with recent and lifetime incarceration among     Puerto Rican drug users.  Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Use.

Adorno, E., Chassler, D., D’Ippolito, M., Garte-Wolf, S., Lundgren, L., Purington, T. (2013). Predisposing, Enabling, and Need Factors Associated with Addiction Treatment among Massachusetts Puerto Rican Drug Users. Social Work Research.

Lundgren, L., Armelius, B-A,  Armelius, K., Brännström, J.,  Chassler, D., & Sullivan, L.   (2012). Beskrivning av tre klientprofiler inom svensk missbruksvård. Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift nr 3-4, 200-216.

Lundgren, L., Chassler, D., Amodeo, M., D’Ippolito, M., Sullivan, L. (2012). Barriers to implementation of evidence-based addiction treatment: A national study. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 42, 231 – 238.

Lundgren, L., Brännström, J., Armelius, B-A., Chassler, D., Moren, S., & Trocchio, S. (2012). Association between immigrant status and history of compulsory addiction treatment in a national sample of individuals assessed for addiction disorders through the Swedish public welfare system.Substance Use and Misuse, 47, 67-77.

Amodeo, M., Lundgren, L., Cohen, A., Rose, D., Chassler, D., Beltrame, C., & D’Ippolito, M. (2011). Barriers to implementing evidence-based practices in addiction treatment programs: Comparing staff reports on Motivational Interviewing, Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, Assertive Community Treatment, and Cognitive-behavioral Therapy. Evaluation and Program Planning, 34(4), 382-389.

Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., Cohen, A., Chassler, D., & Horowitz, A. (2011). Modifications of evidence-based practices in community-based addiction treatment organizations: A qualitative research study addictive behaviors. Addictive Behaviors, 36(6), 630-635.

Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., Krull, I., Chassler, D., Weidenfeld, R., Zerden, L.D., Gowler, R., Lederer, J., Cohen, A., & Beltrame, C. (2011). Addiction treatment provider attitudes on staff capacity and evidence-based clinical training: Results from a national study. The American Journal on Addictions, 20(3), 271-284.

Merighi, J., Chassler, D., Lundgren, L., Inniss, H. (2011).  Substance Use, Sexual Identity, and Health Care Provider Use in Men Who Have Sex with Men.  Substance Use and Misuse, 46, 452-459.

Reynoso-Vallejo, H., Chassler, D., Witas, J., Lundgren, L. (2008). Patterns of drug treatment entry by Latino male injection drug users from different national/geographical backgrounds.  Evaluation and Program Planning, 31(1):92 – 101.

Amodeo, M., Chassler, D., Oettinger, C., Labiosa, W., & Lundgren, L. (2008). Client retention in residential drug treatment for Latinos. Evaluation and Program Planning, 31(1):102-112.

Amodeo, M., Lundgren, L., Chassler, D., & Witas, J. (2008).  High-frequency users of detoxification: Who are they? Substance Use & Misuse, 43(7), 839-849.

Shin, S., Lundgren, L., & Chassler, D. (2007). Examining drug treatment entry patterns among young injection drug users. The American Journal on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 33(2), 217-225.

Fitzgerald, T., Lundgren, L & Chassler, D. (2006).  Factors associated with sustained HIV/AIDS high-risk behaviors among female injection drug users. AIDS Care, 19 (1).

Chassler, D., Lundgren, L., & Lonsdale, J. (2006) What factors are associated with high frequency drug treatment use among a racially and ethnically diverse population of IDUs? The American Journal on Addictions (15(6):440-449.

Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., & Chassler, D. (2005). Mental health status, drug treatment use, and needle sharing among injection drug users.  AIDS: Prevention and Education, 2005, 17(6): 525-539.

Lundgren, L., Chassler, D., Ben-Ami, L., Purington, T., & Schilling, R. (2005). Factors associated with emergency room use among injection drug users of African American, Hispanic and white European background. The American Journal on Addictions, 14(3), 268-280.

Amodeo, M., Chassler, D., Ferguson, F., Fitzgerald, T., & Lundgren, L. (2004).Use of mental health and substance abuse treatment services by female injection drug users. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 30(1), 101-120.

Freedman, R.I., Chassler, D. Physical and behavioral health of adults with mental retardation across residential settings.  Public Health Reports, 119( 4) (July/August 2004).

Geron, S.M., Smith, K., Tennstedt, S., Jette, A., Chassler, D., Kasten, L. (2000). The Home Care Satisfaction Measure: A client-centered approach to assessing the satisfaction of frail older adults.  The Journal of Gerontology, 55B(5), S259-S270.

Geron, S.M. & Chassler, D.  (1995).  Advancing the state of the art: Establishing guidelines for long-term care case management.  Journal of Case Management, 4(1), 9-14.

Geron, S.M., & Chassler, D. (1994). The quest for uniform guidelines for long-term care case management.  Journal of Case Management, 3(3), 91-97.