Ph.D. student Peter Treitler was accepted to the Investigator Track of the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) capacity building research education program. As part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, JCOIN aims establish a national network of investigators collaborating with justice and behavioral health stakeholders to research promising interventions and other approaches to improve the capacity of the justice system to respond to the opioid crisis. The Investigator Track is designed for individuals interested in a career as an independent investigator and will focus on a project to be designed and carried out over the next two years. The Track will emphasize research proposal writing, grant management, mentorship and advanced research skills needed to be successful in criminal justice settings.
"I’m excited to be part of the JCOIN network of researchers studying interventions for people involved with the justice system," Treitler said. "This is a great opportunity for networking, mentoring, and to improve my skills in doing research in criminal justice settings."
Treitler's research focuses on the epidemiology and treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs), with an emphasis on studying interventions that engage individuals in treatment in non-traditional settings, including correctional facilities, courts, primary care, and hospital emergency departments. This line of research includes studying interventions that improve care coordination and increased access to and retention in effective treatments, including medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). Treitler's research further examines the use of patient navigation and peer recovery supports in SUD treatment as a means to increase engagement and retention and address the multiple health care and psychosocial needs of individuals with SUDs.