Center Leadership

Lena LundgrenProfessor
Lena M. Lundgren, Ph.D.

Director

Phone: 617-353-1634
Email: llundgre@bu.edu

Focus: Addictions Research and Policy

Dr. Lena Lundgren, the Director of the Center, is also a Professor of Welfare Policy and the Associate Dean of Research at Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW). Dr. Lundgren has taught and conducted research at BUSSW since 1994. Although born and raised in Sweden, she came to the United States to complete her graduate work, receiving a doctorate from the University of Chicago. Dr. Lundgren’s doctoral training at the University of Chicago was specifically constructed to produce quantitative researchers with the capacity to design large-scale research efforts. To further hone these skills, she participated in a one-year program with the National Opinion Research Center. This allowed Dr. Lundgren to design and direct large-scale longitudinal research efforts at a relatively early stage of her career.

In recent years Dr. Lundgren’s research agenda focuses on large-scale longitudinal research efforts examining the relationships between drug use-HIV and substance abuse treatment utilization. Currently, Dr. Lundgren is the Principal Investigator of 4 multi-year efforts, totaling $1,600,000 in study funds. Dr. Lundgren’s collaborations to with community based organizations has helped provide more than $10 million for service development in the areas of HIV and substance abuse treatment.

Among the current research efforts is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded national study of 500 community-based organizations (CBOs) funded (2003-2008) by Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), examining factors that facilitated and/or impeded the implementation of their proposed evidence-based treatments (EBTs). Quantitative and qualitative research methods are used to explore the relationship between organizational and staff factors and the capacity to implement proposed EBTs. The data collection phase includes two steps: (1) phone interviews with the director (n=500) and two front-line staff (n=1000) of the grantee organizations, and (2) a web-based survey with the same individuals. The overall aim of the study is to identify results that will be used to improve federal and state substance abuse policies promoting the use of EBTs among CBO treatment providers.

Dr. Lundgren is the also the Principal Investigator of the following grants:

Outcome evaluation of Medical Home model for Latina Drug Users. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.

 Outcome evaluation Door-to-Door HIV Outreach for Latinas.Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.

Longitudinal Study of Compulsory Addiction Treatment Use. Swedish Government Board of Health and Welfare. Statens Institutions Styrelse/Umea.

Principal Investigator/Guest Professor. Research and Mentoring on Addiction TreatmentUtilization and Treatment effectiveness. 

In the Community with the Community Training Program for Medically Underserved Communities.  Health Resources and Services Administration.

Outcome Evaluation of HIV Mobile Van Services. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. Co-Principal Investigator: Maryann Amodeo.

Examining the effectiveness of implementing two evidence based treatments: Relapse prevention and trauma counseling in a Latina/o residential treatment setting. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. Co-Principal Investigator: Maryann Amodeo.

Outcome Evaluation: Men’s HIV Prevention Health Project. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. Co-Principal Investigator: Sarah Bachman.

Recent publications can be reviewed at: Dr. Lundgren Publications