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Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse research working groups led by CJRC Faculty Affiliates

The Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) recently announced several new research working groups. The CJRC is connected to projects in the CCSA focused on substance use treatment and prevention and the criminal justice system, which is also one of the CJRC’s four thematic areas. The following CJRC Faculty Affiliates are involved in projects: Dr. Kate McLean, Assistant Professor of Administration of Justice at PSU Greater Allegheny, Dr. Glenn Sterner, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at PSU Abington, Dr. Jennifer Murphy, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at PSU Berks, and Dr. Deirdre O’Sullivan, Associate Professor of Education, PSU University Park.

Coalition Building in Underserved Communities in PA

The goal of this working group, made of faculty working across various disciplines and campuses, is to develop a better understanding of the far reaching efforts of substance abuse, particularly opioid misuse, in several high need areas of PA.

This group is led by:

Dr. Maureen Ittig, Penn State Fayette
Dr. Kate McLean, Penn State Greater Allegheny

Stigma Reduction Coalition

The theme of this research working group is community engagement and coalition building to build and develop a stigma reduction in PA to organize and connect three stakeholders; 1. Researchers, 2. Practitioners and community leaders, and 3. People in recovery from substance use disorder.

This group is led by:

Dr. Glenn Sterner, Penn State Abington
Dr. Jennifer Murphy, Penn State Berks

Development Recovery Stage Model

The goal of this group is to further an emerging concept, the Development Recovery Stage Model, to use among different populations of people in recovery from addiction as a way to identify appropriate recovery goals as people progress through the stages of recovery.

This group is led by:

Dr. Deirdre O'Sullivan, Penn State University Park
Dr. H. Harrington (Bo) Cleveland, Penn State University Park