Amanda Abraham

Department of Public Administration and Policy
Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Amanda J. Abraham, Assistant Professor (PhD, Louisiana State University, 2006), specializes in addiction health services research. Her work focuses on the adoption, diffusion and implementation of evidence-based practices for substance use disorder treatment, organizational change, workforce development, and the impact of federal and state policy on the organization, accessibility and quality of SUD treatment services.  She currently serves as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous federal grants including a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to evaluate the impact of Georgia Medicaid policy on inappropriate prescribing of opioid analgesics and opioid overdose deaths.  Dr. Abraham’s work has been published in top addiction and health services journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Psychiatric Services, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Dr. Abraham has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous grants funded by NIDA, NIAAA and RWJF. She currently serves as Co-Investigator on a NIDA funded grant that evaluates the impact of Georgia Medicaid policy on inappropriate prescribing of opioid analgesics, healthcare utilization and opioid overdose deaths.  She is also the Principal Investigator of a SAMHSA SBIRT Interprofessional Training grant.

  • Research Interests

    Substance abuse policy; adoption, diffusion and implementation of evidence-based practices for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment; organizational change; workforce development; impact of federal and state policy on the organization, accessibility and quality of SUD treatment services

  • Selected Publications

    Abraham, A.J., Rieckmann, T.R., Andrews, C.A., & Jayawardhana, J. (In Press). Health Insurance Enrollment and Availability of Medications for Substance Use Disorders. Psychiatric Services.

    Dugosh, K., Abraham, A.J., McLoyd, K., Seymour, B., Chalk, M., & Festinger, D. A. (2016). Systematic Review on the Use of Psychosocial Interventions in Conjunction with Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 10(2), 91-101.

    Andrews, C.M., Abraham, A.J., Grogan, C.M., Pollack, H.A., Bersamira, C.S., Humphreys, K. & Friedmann, P.D. (2015). Despite Resources From The ACA, Most States Do Little To Help Addiction Treatment Programs Implement Health Care Reform. Health Affairs, 34(5), 828-835.

    Rieckmann, T.R., Abraham, A.J., Zwick, J., Rasplica, C., & McCarty, D. (2015). A Longitudinal Study of State Strategies and Policies to Accelerate Evidence-Based Practices in the Context of Systems Transformation. Health Services Research, 50(4), 1125-1144.

    Rieckmann, T.R., Abraham, A.J., Kovas, A.E., McFarland, B.H., & Roman, P.M. (2014). Impact of Research Network Participation in the Adoption of Buprenorphine for Substance Abuse Treatment, Addictive Behaviors, 39(5), 889-896.

    Abraham, A.J., Knudsen, H.K., & Roman, P.M. (2014). The Relationship between Clinical Trial Network (CTN) Protocol Involvement and Quality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46, 232-237.

    Abraham, A.J., Knudsen, H.K., Rieckmann, T.R., & Roman, P.M. (2013). Disparities in Access to Physicians and Medications for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Between Publicly and Privately Funded Treatment Programs in the United States. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 258-265.

    Bride, B.E., Abraham, A.J., Kintzle, S., & Roman, P.M. (2013). Social Workers’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Effectiveness and Acceptability of Pharmacological Treatment of Substance Use Disorders. Social Work in Health Care, 52(1), 43-58.

    Abraham, A.J., O’Brien, L.A., Knudsen, H.K., Bride, B.E. & Roman, P.M. (2013). Patient Characteristics and Availability of Onsite Non-rapid and Rapid HIV Testing in US Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Programs. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(1), 120-125.

    Knudsen, H.K., Roman, P.M., & Abraham, A.J. (2013). Quality of Clinical Supervision and Counselor Emotional Exhaustion: The Mediating Roles of Organizational and Occupational Commitment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(5), 528-533.

    Knudsen, H.K., & Abraham, A.J. (2012). Perceptions of the State Policy Environment and Adoption of Medications in Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Psychiatric Services, 63(1), 19-25.

    Rieckmann, T.R., Kovas, A.E., McFarland, B.H., & Abraham, A.J. (2011). A Multi-level Analysis of Counselor Attitudes toward the Use of Buprenorphine in Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 41, 374-385.

    Abraham, A.J., Rieckmann, T.R., McNulty, T., Kovas, A.E. & Roman, P.M. (2011). Counselor Attitudes Toward the Use of Naltrexone in Substance Abuse Treatment:  A Multi-level Modeling Approach. Addictive Behaviors, 36(6), 576-583.

    Abraham, A.J., Knudsen, H.K., & Roman, P.M. (2011). A Longitudinal Examination of Alcohol Pharmacotherapy Adoption in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs:  Patterns of Sustainability and Discontinuation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72(4), 669-677.

    Abraham, A.J., O’Brien, L., Bride, B., & Roman, P.M. (2011). HIV/AIDS Services in Private Substance Abuse Treatment Programs. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 115, 16-22.

    Knudsen, H.K., Abraham, A.J., & Oser, C.B. (2011). Barriers to the Implementation of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders:  The Importance of Funding Policies and Medical Infrastructure. Evaluation and Program Planning, 34(4), 375-381.

    Knudsen H.K., Abraham, A.J., & Roman, P.M. (2011). Adoption and Implementation of Medications in Addiction Treatment Programs. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 5, 21-27.

    Abraham, A.J., & Roman, P.M. (2010). Early Adoption of Injectable Naltrexone for Alcohol Use Disorders:  Findings in the Private Treatment Sector. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 460-466.

    Abraham, A.J., Knudsen H.K. & Roman, P.M. (2010). The Adoption and Implementation of Alcohol Pharmacotherapies in the Clinical Trials Network:  The Influence of Research Network Participation. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38(3), 275-283.

    Abraham, A.J., Ducharme L.J., & Roman, P.M. (2009). Counselor Attitudes Toward Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol Dependence. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70(4), 628-635.

    Ducharme, L.J. & Abraham, A.J.  (2008). State Policy Influence on the Early Diffusion of Buprenorphine in Community Treatment Programs.  Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention & Policy, 3,17.