Addictions Grand Challenge Policy Speaker Series

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Thursday, April 26, 2018, 3-5pm

Dr. Jeffery Talbert

College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky
Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Dr. Talbert will present an overview of the status of the opioid epidemic, review a range of state policy interventions and outcomes, and discuss lessons learned and future challenges.

Jeffery Talbert, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, UK College of Pharmacy, Director of the Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, and Associate Director of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University. Professor Talbert has research interests in pharmaceutical policy, Medicaid policy, and public health informatics.

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3-5pm

Dr. Carol J. Boyd, “Adolescents’ Medical and Nonmedical Use of Controlled Medications”

School of Nursing, University of Michigan

Carol J. Boyd, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN is the Deborah J Oakley Professor and the Director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health in the School of Nursing and a Research Professor in the Addiction Center at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. Professor Boyd is an internationally recognized substance abuse scholar and the former director of the UM Substance Abuse Research Center (1995-2004) and the UM Institute for Research on Women & Gender (2005-2011).

 As a researcher, Professor Boyd has received extramural funding to study: women crack smokers (1989-1995, NIH funded), Michigan prisoners and their substance abuse treatment needs (1999 –2004, MDOC & Robert Wood Johnson funded), youth and college students’ alcohol, drug use and e-cigarette use (2003 to present, NIH funded) and LGB sub-populations and substance use disorders (2008 to present, NIH funded). In 1999, Professor Boyd was the first researcher to develop a web-based survey –  Student Life Survey -- to study drug and alcohol use among college students. The Student Life Survey became the foundation for the Secondary Student Life Survey (2003-currently). At least 5 NIH funded studies resulted from the Student Life Surveys. The “smart phone” version of the Secondary Student Life Survey is currently being piloted for substance use surveillance in Nevada.

Professor Boyd frequently advises advocacy groups on reducing the risks of controlled medications (her ABCs of Prescription Medication Safety Project), as well as advising risk management and post-marketing surveillance advisory boards. Professor Boyd publishes extensively in health and interdisciplinary journals including in Addictive Behaviors, Journal of Addictive Diseases, Journal of Adolescent Health, Pediatrics, and Archives of Adolescent and Pediatric Medicine.

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