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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.


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.