SURE MatCH Group
Substance Use Research, Evaluation, and Maternal and Child Health
(SURE MatCH) Group
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
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
Ramesh Raghavan, PhD, Professor & Associate Dean for Research, 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
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.
For consultation or to contract the SURE MatCH Group contact Dr. Qiana L. Brown.