715 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
I research how health care systems and public policies can better promote health and wellness among vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly for individuals at risk for opioid and other substance use disorders. My current research focuses on how the criminal justice system can impact health outcomes. I lead the following projects:
- mPI of a NIDA Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Clinical Research Center grant that will partner with seven jails in Massachusetts to conduct a type 1 hybrid effectiveness-implementation study of a program to expand provision of medications to treat opioid use disorder.
- PI of the evaluation of a SAMHSA/CSAT-funded five-year project to expand access to medications to criminal justice-involved individuals with opioid use disorder.
- PI of the evaluation of a SAMHSA/CSAP-funded four-year project to connect individuals with health and social services after an opioid overdose event.
- UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar
- The Greenwall Foundation Big Data and Ethics Scholar
- UMass Amherst Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Research, Awardee
- Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), Scholar
- Center for Community Health Equity Research, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Fellow
- UMass Chan Medical School Community Research Innovative Scholars Program (CRISP), Awardee
- UMass Amherst Public Engagement Project (PEP), Fellow
- UMass Chan Medical School Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science, Adjunct Fellow
- UMass Researchers Receive $10 Million Grant to Study Jail-Based Opioid Addiction Treatment Program
- Evans Study Finds Treatment With Medication Reduces Arrests and Incarceration Among People With Opioid Use Disorder
- Evans Collaborates on Innovative Opioid Addiction Treatment Program in Two County Jails
- Evans Awarded Grant for Research on Ethical Response to Opioid Epidemic
In the media
- NIDA News Release (Jan. 18, 2022). Offering buprenorphine medication to people with opioid use disorder in jail may reduce rearrest and reconviction.
- The HEAL Initiative (Aug 5, 2020). "Statewide Policy Changes in Massachusetts Could Lead to New Hope for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Jails Nationwide," retrieved from https://www.jcoinctc.org/massachusetts-hub-spotlight/
- "Opioid Treatment in Mass. Jails Pilot Program Study" Connecting Point, Sept. 3, 2019 (WGBY Television)
- UMass researchers land $10M grant to run jail treatment pilot (Daily Hampshire Gazette)