Elizabeth Evans

University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans
Associate Professor
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.
  • Co-I of a NIDA-funded investigation of opioid use and treatment utilization by adults with opioid use disorder released from jail. 
  • PI of the evaluation of a SAMHSA/CSAT-funded project to expand access to medications to criminal justice-involved individuals with opioid use disorder. 
  • PI of a project funded by The Greenwall Foundation in which I am exploring shared decision-making as an ethical response to the opioid crisis.

Community engagement:

  • 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
  • Community Research Innovative Scholars Program (CRISP), Awardee
  • Public Engagement Project (PEP), Fellow
  • Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science, Adjunct Fellow
  • Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center, Awardee



In the media

Editorials on my research


Publication List: 

PubMed Search Link

Key Publications: 

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.

Evans, E., Yoo, C., Huang, D., Saxon, A.J., Hser, Y.I. (2019). Effects of access barriers and medication acceptability on buprenorphine-naloxone treatment utilization over 2 years: Results from a multisite randomized trial of patients with opioid use disorder. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 106:19-28.

Evans., E., Zhu, Y., Yoo, C., Huang, D., Hser, YI. (2019). Criminal justice outcomes over 5 years after randomization to buprenorphine-naloxone or methadone treatment for opioid use disorder. Addiction. 114 (8): 1396-1404.

Evans, E., Grella, C., Washington, D., & Upchurch, D. (2017) Gender and race/ethnic differences in the persistence of alcohol, drug, and poly-substance use disorders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 174: 128-136.

Evans, E., Kelleghan, A., Li, L., Min, J., Huang, D., Urada, D., Hser, Y.I., & Nosyk, B. (2015). Gender differences in mortality among treated opioid dependent patients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 155:228-235.