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Columbia: Professors Awarded Grant to Implement Opioid Education and Naloxone Training on College Campuses

Dr. Rachel Shelton, assistant professor of sociomedical sciences, and Dr. Lisa Rosen-Metsch, dean of Columbia’s School of General Studies, received a planning grant for piloting Opioid Education and Naloxone Training on College Campuses. Awarded through the Irving Institute CTSA at Columbia University pilot Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research Awards (CaMPR), the investigators will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary research group across Columbia, to establish a platform for implementing innovative evidence-based practices and programs.

Opioid use among college students has been recognized as a critical area where implementation of evidence-based public health strategies are needed. The grant is an important first step in bringing together novel collaborations and expertise in informing this research.

“College campuses are an underutilized context for opioid education and naloxone training,” said Dr. Shelton. “Universities nationally have differed in their response and research is needed to determine the acceptability and feasibility of implementing training programs on campuses.”

A social and behavioral scientist, Dr. Shelton’s research focuses on understanding how social and contextual factors contribute to health disparities, and factors that influence implementing and sustaining evidence-based programs and practices in clinical and community settings.

Dr. Rosen-Metsch, former Mailman School chair of sociomedical sciences, is an internationally-recognized leader in the prevention of HIV among populations with substance abuse disorders. She was one of the first researchers in the era of ART therapy to articulate the importance of creating prevention care programs for people living with HIV.