Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration

Samantha J. Harris

Samantha J. Harris (MPA, ABD) is a PhD candidate in Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia in the School of Public and International Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy. Samantha earned her Masters of Public Administration from the Martin School at the University of Kentucky in 2016. She currently works as a graduate research assistant at the University of Georgia.

Samantha’s specialization is in health policy/health services research. Her work centers on the accessibility and quality of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services for the publicly insured and the assessment of local, state, and federal policies that shape SUD treatment and harm reduction services (e.g. Syringe Services Programs). Her recent work has been published in leading health journals such as Health Affairs, Neurotherapeutics, and Psychiatric Services.

Samantha served as the UGA Project Coordinator on a SAMHSA SBIRT Interprofessional Training grant, is a research assistant on a NIDA research grant examining the effect of medical cannabis laws on health care use in insured populations with pain, is a member of an investigative team evaluating Kentucky’s Syringe Services Programs on a Harm Reduction Coalition HepConnect grant funded by Gilead Sciences, Inc., is a research assistant on the National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey (NDATSS) project where her work has primarily focused on identifying mental health and SUD treatment coverage in Medicaid Managed Care Organization plans, and works in partner with Augusta University on a project focused on older adults with OUD.


Master of Public Administration, University of Kentucky, 2016

B.A. Arts Administration, Minors in English and Art History, University of Kentucky, 2014

Research Interests

Substance use disorder policy; substance use disorder treatment services; harm reduction policy; vulnerable population health; social determinants of health; public insurance programs; scope of practice laws