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SURE MatCH Group

Substance Use Research, Evaluation, and Maternal and Child Health

(SURE MatCH) Group


About US

The Substance Use Research, Evaluation, and Maternal and Child Health (SURE MatCH) Group, directed by Dr. Qiana L. Brown, is a Center for Prevention Science (CPS) workgroup focused on research and evaluation at the intersection of substance use and maternal and child health - which includes substance use during pregnancy, substance use during youth and young adulthood, substance use within the family context, and prevention of substance misuse and substance use disorders. The SURE MatCH Group’s vision is to be a leading authority in improving the health and well-being of women, youth, families, and communities as it relates to recovery from and preventing substance use disorders. This aligns with the CPS’s empowerment-based prevention efforts and mission.


What We Do

The SURE MatCH Group specializes in:

  • Substance Use Disorder Epidemiology
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Analyzing Large Datasets
  • Qualitative Research
  • Mixed-Methods Research
  • Dissemination and Implementation Research


Our Team

Core Team Members

Qiana L. Brown, PhD, MPH, LCSW – Assistant Professor & Director, SURE MatCH Group

Tyriesa Howard Howell, PhD, LMSW – Scientist

Jordan Goodwin, BS, Research Associate

Harkiran Kaur, RN, BSN, MBA,*CPH Research Associate


N. Andrew Peterson, PhD, Professor & Director, Center for Prevention Science, Rutgers University School of Social Work

Stephen Crystal, PhD, Professor & Director, Center for Health Services Research, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University

C. Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, Professor & Interim Director, Division of Public Health, Michigan State University

Emily Bosk, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work


Selected News & Events


October 2018:  Rutgers faculty co-authors a review on cannabis use during pregnancy

July 2018: Reuters Health – Cigarette use declines among U.S. young women, but marijuana blunt   use rises   

December 2017: CNN – More pregnant women are using pot, study finds

May 2017: MD News – Study finds marked increase in marijuana use among pregnant women

December 2016: Fox 47 News – More pregnant women using marijuana

September 2016: The Nation’s Health – Odds of alcohol use lower among insured pregnant women, tobacco still an issue, study finds


October 18, 2018: The SURE MatCH Group’s director, Dr. Qiana Brown, talks with Linda Villarosa of the New York Times about the life and health of African American mothers and babies at the Topics In Urban Public Health Conference at the Rutgers University Paul Robeson Center in Newark, NJ. 

November 8, 2018: Women In Addiction: A Systems Perspective to Prevention and Treatment – The SURE MatCH Group’s director, Dr. Qiana Brown, has been invited to give a talk at the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) in the UK.


Contact Us

For consultation or to contract the SURE MatCH Group contact Dr. Qiana L. Brown.

Mailing Address:

The SURE MatCH Group at the Center for Prevention Science
Rutgers University School of Social Work
390 George Street, Suite 607B, 6th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 848-932-8443

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