Researching risk factors for stimulant and polydrug abuse/misuse/use disorders, including new and emerging drugs (such as kratom) and drug delivery devices (such as vape pens), with the aim of helping to shape policy and intervene to reduce harmful consequences of use. Community engaged, rather than patient-driven research, with an emphasis on adolescent and college aged users and older users through HealthStreet. Investigator is developing interventions using peer- and other para-professionals as part of a sustainable, community-driven approach. Funding has been awarded for a kratom study and for monitoring new drug trends and polydrug use. Funding is pending for a community health worker intervention with a new app to facilitate screening and improve service access. Multiple CHW interventions have already been tested and are continuing, including screening and referral for memory disorders, Tourette’s and other neurological disorders among underserved populations; this data can be used to develop research projects.
Additional Requirements: CITI training