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SURE MatCH Group

The Substance Use Research, Evaluation, and Maternal and Child Health (SURE MatCH) Group

About Us

The SURE MatCH Group is a research lab directed by Dr. Qiana L. Brown. Dr. Brown established this lab on October 1st, 2018 at the Rutgers University School of Social Work’s Center for Prevention Science. The SURE MatCH Group conducts research and program and policy evaluation at the intersection of substance use and maternal and child health.

We Specialize In

  • Substance Use Disorder Epidemiology
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Program and Policy Evaluation
  • Health Equity Research
  • Clinical and Translational Science
  • Analyzing Large Datasets
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Mixed-Methods Research

Vision

Our 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.
 

Mission

Our mission is to improve maternal and child health through conducting and disseminating research that informs practices and policies that help individuals, families and communities recover from and prevent substance use disorders. Key to our mission is partnering with communities, scientists, practitioners and policymakers to translate knowledge and develop prevention strategies to promote maternal and child health and prevent problematic substance use.
 

Our Team

Director
Qiana L. Brown, PhD, MPH, LCSW – Assistant Professor, Rutgers Schools of Social Work and Public Health

Health Scientists
Skye Allmang, PhD, MPP, MSW – Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers School of Social Work

Trishnee Bhurosy, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Population Science, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Jordan Goodwin, MSW, MDiv – PhD Student, Rutgers School of Social Work

Lorraine Y. Howard, MSW, LCSW, LCADC – Director of Addiction Education, Rutgers Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology & PhD Student, Rutgers School of Social Work

Molly Nowels, MS, MA – Data Analyst, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research & PhD Student, Rutgers School of Public Health

Research Associates
Rev. Martisha Kanard-Dwyer, MA, CADCI – MSW Student, Rutgers School of Social Work

Kimberly Pierre, BS, SRAS – MPH Student, Rutgers School of Public Health

Drashya Shah - Undergraduate Student, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences 

Dora Schechter - Undergraduate Student, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences

Alison Ward, BA – MSW Student , Rutgers School of Social Work

Mia Wells - Undergraduate Student, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

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

Stephen Crystal, PhD, Board of Governors Professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and the School of Social Work & Director, Center for Health Services Research, Rutgers University

Antoinette Y. Farmer, PhD, Professor, Rutgers School of Social Work

Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, Professor, Associate Dean for Public Health Integration & Director, Division of Public Health, Michigan State University

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

Allison Zippay, PhD, Professor & PhD Program Director, Rutgers School of Social Work

 

Resources

NIH funding opportunities for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows

 

News & Events

News

February 2020: Research study led by SURE MatCH Group's director, Dr. Qiana Brown, lands in top 5% of all research outputs ever!

October 2019: Dr. Qiana Brown, SURE MatCH Group director, awarded a Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program career development award from the NJ ACTS.

June 2019: Women in addiction interview with the SURE MatCH Group director, Dr. Qiana Brown

June 2019: SURE MatCH Group consultant, Dr. Stephen Crystal, named one of the most influential contemporary social work faculty.

Events

November 30, 2020: The SURE MatCH Group will host a virtual roundtable discussion on women’s health with Dr. Vivian Pinn, MD. Register here. Meeting ID: 979 3457 9183; Password: 842439. See the event flyer.

November 3, 2020: Dr. Qiana Brown, SURE MatCH Group's director, will give a talk entitled, Prenatal Cannabis Use: Who, When, Where, Why, as part of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research CATALiST Seminar Series. Register for this virtual event is free.

August 20, 2020: Dr. Qiana Brown, SURE MatCH Group's director, will give the closing remarks at the Association for Women in Science-NJ & RWJ Medical School Women's Health Institute 2nd Annual NJ Women in Health Symposium. Registration for this virtual event is free.

June 18, 2020: Dr. Qiana Brown, SURE MatCH Group's director, will host the Twitter chat, Dismantling Systemic Racism: The End Game. Follow hashtags #RacismEndsHere and #DismantleSystemicRacism beginning at 3:15pm EST.

January 9, 2020: Dr. Qiana L. Brown, SURE MatCH Group's director, was invited to New Jersey's listening session on maternal health and panel discussion moderated by U.S. Surgeon General VADM Dr. Jerome Adams to contribute to discussions to improve maternal and child health.

December 18, 2019: Dr. Qiana Brown, SURE MatCH Group's director, will be a panelist at the Rutgers 2019 Medical Cannabis Symposium

September 23, 2019: The SURE MatCH Group’s director, Dr. Qiana Brown, will speak at the New Jersey Department of Health’s Population Health Summit, Maternal Outcomes Matter.

 

Newsletters

Summer 2020 Newsletter

January/February 2020 Newsletter

December 2019 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

 

Contact Us

For consultation 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 508
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848-932-8443

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