Danielle Hicks

Danielle Hicks

State Opioid Response Evaluation Project Manager


Danielle Hicks


 Danielle Hicks (she/they) joined the School of Social Work in 2016 as a research assistant and MSW student. Danielle completed her MSW in 2016 with a concentration on Innovations in Community, Policy, and Leadership. Upon graduating, Danielle served as the Implementation Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), Youth Empowerment Solutions for Healthy Relationships (YES-HR) in Michigan. Danielle also continued her education at Wayne State University and achieved her Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree in 2020. In 2022, Danielle completed her PhD in Social Work, which specifically focused on mental health and substance use practices for clients involved in the criminal and legal system: Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Among Jail Populations: Treatment Engagement & Jail Rebooking. Danielle is largely invested in research among people with mental health and/or substance use disorders engaged with the criminal legal system.

Additionally, Danielle has worked as the Evaluation Project Manager for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant (STR), as well as the State Opioid Response (SOR) I, II, and III grants, for more than 7 years. Danielle also serves as a Manager of the Substance Use Research Team within the School of Social Work.

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 In her role as the Evaluation Project Manager for Michigan’s SOR grants, Danielle is the primary evaluation contact for more than 20 grantees throughout the state. Danielle is responsible for meeting the SAMHSA grant evaluation requirements, such as monthly, quarterly, and annual reports. Danielle is also responsible for the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), which requires SAMHSA grantees to complete GPRA interviews with clients. Danielle manages the statewide implementation of SOR GPRA, including extensive data collection, as well as state and federal-level reporting requirements.

Degrees and Certifications

 · PhD, Social Work, Wayne State University, 2022

· MSCJ, Criminal Justice, Wayne State University, 2020

· MSW, Social Work, Wayne State University, 2016

· BA, Honors Psychology, Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies, Wayne State University, 2013

Recent Publications

 Hicks, D. L., Pasman, E., O’Shay, S., Kcomt, L., & Resko, S. (pending 2024). Experiences of families bereaved by opioid-related death. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.

Lee, G., Hicks, D. L., Kedia, S., & Regmi, S. (2024). Perceived risk, mental health problems, and substance use behaviors on current cannabis use among high school senior adolescents: Evidence from Monitoring the Future.

Resko, S. M., Pasman, E., Hicks, D. L., Lee, G., Ellis, J., O’Shay, S., Brown, S., & Agius, E. A. (2023). Naloxone knowledge and attitudes towards overdose response among family members of people who misuse opioids. Journal of Community Health.

Brown, S., O’Shay, S., Pasman, E., Hicks, D. L., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2023). How affected family members communicate about their loved one’s non-medical opioid use. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

O’Shay, S., Pasman, E., Hicks, D. L., Brown, S., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (accepted, 2023). Affected family members’ communicative management of opioid misuse stigma: Applying and rethinking the Stigma Management Communication typology. Journal of Family Communication, 23(2), 89-106.

Lee, G., Ellis, J. D., Pasman, E., Solberg, M., Hicks, D., Agius, E., & Resko, S. (2023). Risk factors associated with simultaneous use of alcohol and prescription opioids among young adults in Michigan. Journal of Drug Issues. https://doi.org/10.1177/00220426231165264

Lee, G., Hicks, D. L., Sabol, B. M., Ellis, J. D., Brown, S., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2023). Substance use among transgender and gender-diverse young adults in Michigan. Health and Social Work, hlad021. https://doi.org/10.1093/hsw/hlad021

O'Shay, S., Pasman, E., Hicks, D. L., Brown, S., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2023). Affected family members' communicative management of opioid misuse stigma: Applying and rethinking the stigma management communication typology. Journal of Family Communication. https://doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2023.2186882

Pasman, E., O’Shay, S., Hicks, D. L., Resko, S. M., Agius, E., & Brown, S. (2022). Stigma communication surrounding nonmedical opioid use among affected family members. Health Communication, 39(3), 429-438. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2023.2167588

Hicks, D. L., Comartin, E. B., & Kubiak, S. (2021). Transition planning from jail; Treatment engagement, continuity of care, and rearrest. Community Mental Health Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-021-00820-x

Hicks, D. L., Resko, S., Agius, E., & Early, T. (2020). Driving after cannabis use among young adults in Michigan. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. https://doi.org/10.1089/can.2020.0096

Resko, S. M., Szechy, K., Ellis, K., Early, T., Hicks, D. L., & Agius, E. (2020). Perceptions of public health consequences of marijuana legalization. Addiction Research and Theory. https://doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2020.1823971

Hicks, D. L., Patterson, D., & Resko, S. (2017). Lessons learned from iCare: A Postexamination text-messaging-based program with sexual assault patients. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 13(4), 160-167. https://doi.org/10.1097/jfn.0000000000000175



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