Elizabeth Evans

University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Elizabeth Evans
Assistant Professor
311 Arnold House
413-545-4434

eaevans@umass.edu

ResearchGate profile

Education: 

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 substance use disorders, mental illness, and infectious diseases. Most recently, I have investigated the health services utilization and long-term outcomes of patients treated for opioid use disorder, the behavioral health effects of childhood adversity over the life course, and gender differences in use of complementary and integrative healthcare by military veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain. I utilize both qualitative and quantitative methods, and much of my research has originated from longitudinal study designs and creating knowledge via mining of linked administrative “big data” provided by health care delivery organizations, social services systems, and criminal justice sources. Currently, I am principal investigator on a pilot study in which I am adapting digital storytelling methods with and for women treated for opioid use disorder to support medication adherence and improve community integration. I am also principal investigator on a study in which I am exploring shared decisionmaking as an ethical response to the opioid crisis.

Community engagement:

  • 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

Media:

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Publication List: 

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Key Publications: 

Evans, E., Grella, C., Upchurch, D. (2017). Gender differences in the effects of childhood adversity on risk for alcohol use disorders, drug use disorders, and poly-substance use disorders. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. E-pub ahead of print.

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., Li, L., Min, J., Huang, D., Urada, D., Lei, L., Hser, Y.I., & Nosyk, B. (2015). Mortality among individuals accessing pharmacological treatment for opioid dependence in California, 2006 – 2010. Addiction, 110: 996–1005. PMCID: 4452110.

Evans, E., Li., L., Pierce, J., & Hser, Y.I. (2013). Explaining long-term outcomes among drug dependent mothers treated in women-only versus mixed-gender programs. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45(3): 293-301. PMCID: 3725737.

Evans, E., Li, L., & Hser, Y.-I. (2009). Client and program factors associated with dropout from court mandated drug treatment.  Evaluation and Program Planning, 32 (3): 204-212.  PMCID: 2703685.