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Dr. Magidson Receives NIH HEAL Initiative Research Grant

September 26, 2019

The NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative awarded over $800,000 for Dr. Magidson’s proposed two-phase, effectiveness-implementation study of a peer-delivered behavioral activation intervention for improving retention in treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Dr. Magidson’s study is part of the Behavioral Research to Improve Medication-Based Treatment (BRIM) initiative, which aims to support research that assesses whether behavioral interventions can improve medication-based treatment outcomes. GMAP is partnering with University of Maryland Community Drug Treatment Center’s outpatient opioid treatment program for this project (Director, Dr. Aaron Greenblatt), where the study will take place. Read more about it from NIH and University of Maryland’s Division of Research, Brain and Behavior Initiative and College of Behavioral & Social Sciences.


GMAP engages with the psychology community at Welcome to psyc day 2019

September 9, 2019

GMAP participated in the University of Maryland Psychology Department’s annual Welcome to Psyc Day event, along with dozens of other psychology programs, student organizations and research labs. We enjoyed connecting with prospective undergraduate research assistants and the UMD psychology community.  

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GMAP Participates in the UMD Community drug Treatment Center’s National Recovery Month Cookout

September 4, 2019

Mary Kleinman, Alyssa Precil and Frances Loeb attended a cookout event celebrating national recovery month at our new community partnership, University of Maryland Community Drug Treatment Center. Alongside other community resources, they set up a table where patients could learn more about our new study based at the treatment center exploring syndemic factors in Opioid Use Disorder. Staff, patients and community partners listened to music from a DJ, danced and enjoyed delicious food. The event underscored how strong the community is at the treatment center and our enthusiasm for the new collaboration.  


GMAP Welcomes Dr. CJ Seitz-Brown to the Team

August 26, 2019

GMAP is thrilled to welcome Dr. CJ Seitz-Brown to our lab. He is a new assistant clinical professor at University of Maryland and has been a close collaborator of Dr. Magidson’s for over ten years. He brings a wealth of experience in behavioral activation, substance use treatment, establishing community partnerships in DC and in South Africa, and qualitative interviewing. He also loves clinical supervision and mentoring, so will be adding a lot to our team and lab!  

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GMAP held Inaugural Writing Retreat

August 22, 2019

GMAP gathered for our inaugural writing retreat at the Petworth Library in Washington, DC. Dr. Jenn Belus led with a writing warm up and the group set goals for the retreat. Lab members wrote grant applications and manuscripts individually, but also had time to review their writing with one another. The group found the writing retreat productive and it underscored the importance of carving out focused, writing time.  


Doctoral Student, Kristen Regenauer, Joins GMAP

August 12, 2019

Kristen Regenauer kicked off her first year of her clinical psychology PhD with Math Camp. Kristen comes from the Behavioral Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School where she worked with GMAP from Boston. She is excited to be in the lab full time continuing her work on Project Khanya and starting her graduate school research.

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Dr. Jenn belus completes principles of std/hiv research course

August 5, 2019

Dr. Jenn Belus was selected to attend the University of Washington's Principles of STD/HIV Research course from July 22- August 2. The course is designed to advance the training of scholars conducting research in the areas of HIV and sexual health, both in relevant content and methods, as well as connect with other researchers globally.


Frances loeb, new faculty research assistant, starts

July 15, 2019

Frances Loeb began work as the new full-time, faculty research assistant with GMAP. She brings mental health research experience from her time as a post-bacc research fellow at NIMH and global health and development experience as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu. She is thrilled to be working on both Project Khanya and Peer Act!vate and gain more experience with qualitative research during her time in the lab.


Dr. Magidson returns from iri

June 24, 2019

Dr. Magidson was selected to be the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) fellow for the Implementation Research Institute (IRI) training program. Dr. Magidson spent the week at Washington University in St. Louis learning from and collaborating with other investigators in implementation science.


alix rose presents at cultural-clinical psychology small conference

May 23, 2019

Alix Rose presented her Master’s thesis research topic during the ‘Data blitz’ presentations at the Cultural-Clinical Psychology small conference held at Georgetown University. This summer, Alix will look at early data from Project Khanya. Specifically, Alix will conduct an event level analysis of the relationship between problematic alcohol use and ART non-adherence using objective data from the Wisepill device and the Timeline Follow-back.


Dr. magidson and alix rose publish in ABCT’s ‘the Behavior therapist’

May 7, 2019

Dr. Magidson and Alix Rose recently published an article on task sharing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression and substance use in ABCT’s April issue of the Behavior Therapist. The article draws on GMAP and our collaborators’ ongoing projects in South Africa, including Life Steps, Zimphamandla, and Project Khanya. Each project has included adaptation of a behavioral intervention for delivery by nurses and/or lay counselors.

Read more here.


Morgan anvari wins bronze for poster

April 15, 2019

Undergraduate research assistant Morgan Anvari was one of 70 undergraduates to present at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Fair. Morgan presented on a study she conducted in Dr. Clara Hill’s research lab. Specifically, she explored associations between client expression of emotion and therapists’ skill types in psychotherapy sessions. Morgan was awarded the 'Outstanding Poster - Bronze Award’ based on faculty judges’ feedback.


Hannah tralka awarded maryland summer scholars award

April 12, 2019

Undergraduate research assistant Hannah Tralka was awarded a Maryland Summer Scholars Award. This award will support Hannah to work at GMAP over the summer, where she will conduct a secondary analysis with data from ‘Act Healthy’, a behavioral activation intervention for HIV-positive individuals with problematic substance use at an inpatient treatment center in DC. Hannah will explore the effects of sexual and gender minority status on treatment outcomes, including time to relapse. Congratulations, Hannah!


DR. Belus returns from South Africa

April 3, 2019

Dr. Belus recently traveled to Durban, South Africa to meet with collaborators at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and organize details to get started with Project START Together. In this photo, Dr. Belus poses with Lindani Msimango and Yvonne Mdakane, the qualitative interviewers hired for the first phase of the project.


Christine Wan awarded a bsos summer scholars award

March 28, 2019

Undergraduate research assistant Christine Wan was awarded a Summer Scholars Award through the University of Maryland’s Behavioral & Social Sciences College. This award will support Christine to work at GMAP over the summer, where she will support data analysis for Project Khanya and conduct participant assessments for Project Peer Act!vate. Congratulations, Christine!


Emily satinsky and mary kleinman present at sbm

March 8, 2019

Emily Satinsky and Mary Kleinman presented a poster on the first phase of Project Peer Act!vate at the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s 40th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions. The poster focused on Paul’s Place guest, staff, and peer recovery advocates’ perspectives on how to best adapt a peer-delivered behavioral activation intervention for substance use with guests at Paul’s Place.


Emily satinsky Publishes masters thesis

February 22, 2019

Emily Satinsky published a systematic review in Health Policy. The review, conducted as part of her Masters in Global Mental Health, explores mental health care utilization and access among refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.

Read more here.


GMAP Returns from south africa

February 4, 2019

Dr. Magidson, Dr. Belus, and Alix Rose recently returned from a training trip to South Africa. Sibabalwe recently joined the Project Khanya team as an on-site research assistant, so the team spent time bonding and training. Welcome, Siba!


GMAP Volunteers at Paul’s Place

January 11, 2019

The GMAP team had an excellent turnout for a volunteer day at Paul’s Place. We donated clothes from our winter clothing drive and then volunteered greeting guests, serving lunch, sorting clothes, and helping guests shop in the market place. Afterward, we met with colleagues at the University of Maryland Baltimore’s Department of Psychiatry to discuss upcoming collaborations.



December 11, 2018

Dwayne Dean was once again honored for his amazing work as a peer recovery coach. Dwayne received the 2018 Maryland Governor’s Citation award for his outstanding services to the citizens of Maryland at a leadership awards breakfast and meeting. Dwayne and his team at the University of Maryland-Midtown hospital have exponentially improved outcomes in the emergency department by linking over 600 patients to substance use treatment in 2018 alone.


Dwayne dean wins carroll conquest award

December 6, 2018

Dwayne Dean was awarded the Carroll Conquest Award for Outstanding Leadership at the Behavioral Health Administration’s 5th Annual Peer Networking and Leadership Conference. Peer Recovery Specialists from all over Maryland came together to discuss the recovery movement. Dwayne was nominated by several of his peers and colleagues and was the second ever recipient of this award.



November 16-17, 2018

The GMAP team met in DC for the annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) conference. Project Khanya collaborator Lena Andersen flew in from South Africa, Kristen Regenauer from Boston, and collaborator Steve Safren from Miami. Kristen and Emily Satinsky presented posters, Alix Rose and Dr. Belus spoke on a panel, and Dr. Magidson moderated two panels, participated in a panel, spoke at a symposium, and co-chaired the Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting. During this SIG meeting, Alix was awarded a graduate student research award!


Washington post features gmap team member

October 28, 2018

Peer Act!vate’s PRA, Dwayne Dean, was featured in the Washington Post for his work as a Recovery coach at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus in West Baltimore. In the face of an overdose epidemic, the Post describes evolving emergency services, including increases in dispensing Medication-Assisted Treatment such as buprenorphine and methadone, as well as integration of peer recovery coaches.

Read the article here.


First volunteer day at paul’s place

October 15, 2018

Dr. Jenn Belus, Mary Kleinman, Emily Satinsky, and Valerie Bradley met at Paul’s Place for GMAP’s inaugural volunteer day! After a tour of Paul’s Place and an introduction to its amazing resources, the team got on their hairnets and gloves for an afternoon serving lunch. We plan to schedule many more volunteer days in the future!



September 17, 2018

The GMAP team gathered at the Welcome to PSYC day to meet undergraduate psychology students and discuss our research and opportunities to get involved. We are so excited by the interest in our lab! If you would like to apply for an undergraduate RA position with GMAP, please complete this application. We look forward to hearing from you!



 August 27, 2018

Doctoral students, Alix Rose and Mary Kleinman, and postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Jenn Belus have officially arrived on campus! The full UMD team came together for the first time for a kick-off ice cream party! We spent the meeting discussing our current and future research projects and mapping out roles for the upcoming year. 


Dr. Magidson, Dr. belus and KRisten Regenauer travel to Cape Town

 August 13, 2018

Drs. Magidson and Belus and Kristen Regenauer recently traveled to Cape Town (August 10-18) to meet with the project team. While they were in South Africa, the team conducted participant Screening Interviews and the first Baseline assessments--the Project Khanya Intervention has launched and is underway!


Kayla griffin presents at Bsos SRI research symposium

 July 27, 2018

Kayla Griffin presented her poster comparing feedback on a peer-delivered Behavioral Activation Intervention for substance use in Cape Town, South Africa and Baltimore, Maryland at the BSOS SRI Research Symposium on July 27th. During her time with GMAP, Kayla had the opportunity to conduct qualitative interviews with guests at Paul's Place, Inc. in Baltimore. The research symposium marked the culmination of the two-month Summer Research Initiative (SRI) program through the University of Maryland's Behavioral & Social Sciences College. 

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TEAM attends harm reduction summit

 June 28, 2018

Emily Satinsky, Hannah Tralka, and Kayla Griffin attended the Maryland Harm Reduction Summit, put on by the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration and the University of Maryland Training Center, in Baltimore on June 28th. Incoming student, Mary Kleinman, helped plan the hugely-successful event. Throughout the day, the GMAP team learned about and discussed racial justice, trauma, and client-centered care. 


PHASE I of PRA Research begins at Paul's Place

 June 19, 2018

After hiring Dwayne Dean as our PRA, the full team met for a Phase I planning meeting on July 12th. One week later, we began conducting key informant interviews with guests at Paul's Place. Focus group coming soon!



 June 14, 2018

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids recently featured Dr. Magidson's research from Massachusetts General Hospital. This study demonstrates reduced hospitalizations among patients with substance use disorders following recovery coach contact. Research findings underscore the importance of our peer-delivered substance use interventions in Cape Town and Baltimore. 

Read the article here.


Dr. Magidson wins ASAM Young Investigator Award

April 14, 2018

The American Society of Addiction Medicine presented Dr. Magidson with the ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Young Investigator. The award is presented to the highest scoring abstract in either round of abstract submissions, with a primary author who is within five years of completion of a medical residency or receipt of a doctoral degree. Her award was presented during the Awards Luncheon on April 14th during the ASAM Annual Conference in San Diego. 



April 13, 2018

Dr. Magidson presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions on April 13th. Her presentation, titled "Adapting evidence-based, peer-delivered substance use treatment for HIV care in South Africa," covered formative findings from Phase I of Project Khanya. Particularly, her talk discussed patient responses to Behavioral Activation and patient and provider beliefs regarding who should deliver the intervention. 


Emily satinsky presents at public health Maryland

April 3, 2018

Emily Satinsky presented a poster on patient and provider perceptions around mixing alcohol and ARV medication at Reimagining Health: Public Health Maryland on April 3. In addition to presenting qualitative findings from Project Khanya, she judged undergraduate and graduate posters at the session. 


Dr. Magidson RETURNS FROM Cape Town

March 24, 2018

Dr. Magidson recently traveled to Cape Town (March 17-24) to train our newly-hired peer interventionist. Dr. Magidson and the local team set up final details in South Africa and prepared for implementation. We are almost ready to launch Phase III of Project Khanya! 


Emily Satinsky Accepted into Cherish training

March 19, 2018

Emily Satinsky attended the NIH-funded Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder (CHERISH) training in health economic evaluation on March 19. She learned to review and set up economic evaluation studies focused on substance use, HCV, and HIV. 


Scholars of the Mixed Methods Research Training Program for Health Sciences

March 1, 2018

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland has accepted Dr. Magidson into the fourth cohort of Scholars of the Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences. She will attend a retreat between June 18th and 20th during which she will prepare and present her mixed methods project. 


PRA Research Launches at Paul's Place

January 1, 2018

January 1st marked the launch of our project in Baltimore: Utilizing Peer Recovery Advocates to Implement an Evidence-Based Intervention to Decrease Substance use among Low-income Minority Adults. We are currently working with Paul's Place, a community outreach center in Pigtown, Baltimore to hire a Peer Recovery Advocate (PRA) and begin the formative research.