Elizabeth Evans

University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans
312 Arnold House


B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1993; M.A., Indiana University, 1995; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2016; Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP), Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Greater Los Angeles, 2017

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Opioids and other substances of abuse; women’s health; life course; social determinants; health services utilization and outcomes

Research Description: 

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 5-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 4-year project to connect individuals with health and social services after an opioid overdose event.

Community engagement:

  • UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar
  • The Greenwall Foundation Big Data & 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



In the media

Publication List: 

PubMed Search Link

Key Publications: 

Evans, E., Pivovarova, E., Stopka, T.J., Santelices, C., Ferguson, W.J., Friedmann, P.D.  (2022). Uncommon and preventable: Perceptions of diversion of medication for opioid use disorder in jail. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 138:108746.

Evans, E., Wilson, D., Friedmann, P.  (2022). Recidivism and mortality after in-jail buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 231:109254.

Evans, E., Delorme, E., Cyr, K., Geissler, K. (2022). The Massachusetts public health data warehouse and the opioid epidemic: A qualitative study of perceived strengths and limitations for advancing research. Preventive Medicine Reports. 28:101847.

Evans, E., Stopka, T. J., Pivovarova, E., Murphy, S. M., Taxman, F. S., Ferguson, W. J., Bernson, D., Santelices, C., McCollister, K. E., Hoskinson, R., Jr, Lincoln, T., Friedmann, P. D., & MassJCOIN Research Group (2021). Massachusetts Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (MassJCOIN). Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 128:108275.

Evans, E., Goff, S., Upchurch, D., Grella, C. (2020). Childhood adversity and mental health comorbidity in men and women with opioid use disorders. Addictive Behaviors. 102: 106149.