Martin and Colleague Awarded Funding to Advance the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

Albany, NY (September 27, 2017) – Jessica Martin, Counseling Psychology, received funding from the 2017 Presidential Innovation Fund for Research and Scholarship Program (PIFRS) program, which was created to support new cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research at UAlbany.

Dr. Jessica MartinShe is Co-I on a project entitled Enhancing the Role of Emergency Departments in the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic: Preliminary Evaluation of Take-Home Naloxone Program. Dr. Tomoko Udo in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior in the School of Public Health is PI on the project. The goal of the project is to evaluate the take-home naloxone program at Albany Medical Center’s Emergency Department, which aims to increase knowledge and self-efficacy on how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose, in opioid overdose patients, their friends, and family. Martin is providing her expertise on personalized feedback interventions and enhancing motivation to change substance use behaviors and engage in substance use treatment in order to improve the existing take-home naloxone program.

Martin’s research focuses on individual, social, contextual, and cultural risk and protective factors associated with substance use and other health-related behaviors among emerging adults and college students. Dr. Martin’s work has a particular emphasis on investigating alcohol and substance use among college students as well as the design and delivery of prevention and intervention efforts to reduce heavy and problematic college student drinking. She is also Co-PI on a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant which aims to increase the number of mental health professionals who are trained in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).