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Amy Mericle, PhD, MSW

Affiliate Scientist

Amy Mericle, PhD, MSW, is an affiliate scientist to the Alcohol Research Group.

A health services researcher, she focuses on highlighting the gaps in the substance abuse treatment delivery system and examining innovative approaches to increase access to and improve the quality and availability of substance abuse services as well as to promote long-term recovery from substance abuse. Her work employs quantitative and qualitative methods. Mericle has successfully served as PI on a number of research and evaluation projects.

Her doctoral work examined HIV/AIDS risk behavior among adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. In her postdoctoral training as a NIDA fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Mericle examined the service needs and service use of adults with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.

Mericle received her PhD in social service administration from the University of Chicago and her MSW in interpersonal practice and research from the University of Michigan. She has written more than 20 scholarly articles, book chapters and reports on the service needs and service use of adolescents and adults with multiple service needs.

Addiction Recovery Residences to Improve Health Outcomes in High Risk Men

Recovery residences (e.g., Oxford HousesTM, sober living houses, and recovery homes) are promising and affordable mechanisms to promote and sustain recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. Unfortunately, we know little about the experiences of LGBTIs in recovery residences and about the role that these residences may play in the recovery of LGBTIs, improvements to their overall health, and access to health services. Recovery residences developed specifically for members of the LGBTI community may be an especially promising way to tailor recovery support and increase overall health among this population, but few exist, and we know little about the programming of those that do.

National Alcohol Research Center Pilot Studies: Pilot 2: Substance Use Treatment Among Sexual Minority Women

Large-scale, epidemiologic studies examining substance use treatment among sexual minorities are few and have been limited to assessing whether services were received, neglecting to gather important information on barriers to treatment and treatment experiences in this population. To begin to address this gap, this pilot study will identify reasons why sexual minorities with putative need for substance use treatment and describe how sexual minorities who meet criteria for lifetime alcohol dependence access substance abuse treatment and the nature of their experiences in it. Findings will be used to develop and investigate the feasibility of interventions to reduce barriers to substance use treatment and better tailor substance abuse treatment services to meet the needs of sexual minority clients in subsequent studies.

Motivational Interviewing Case Management (MICM) for Persons on Probation or Parole Entering Sober Living Houses (2018)

The failure of incarceration as a response to drug offenses has resulted in new policies supporting community-based alternatives. One challenge has...

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Problems and Service Needs Among Ex-Offenders with HIV Risk Behaviors Entering Sober Living Recovery Homes (2017)

There is currently a nationwide effort to decrease the number of persons who are incarcerated in jails and prisons. However, many ex-offenders on p...

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With more than 1,000 peer-reviewed studies, PHI’s highly regarded epidemiological research on substance abuse identifies gaps in knowledge an...

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