Dr. Jamey Lister is an assistant professor of social work and adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry. His interdisciplinary behavioral health research focuses on improving addiction treatment for underserved populations. In particular, his opioid use disorder work targets solutions specific to low-income urban and rural communities, racial minorities, and women. Dr. Lister's projects examine the relationship of social determinants, mental health problems, substance-use patterns and consequences, and evidence-based treatment outcomes. He has a personal and professional passion to improve access and quality of treatment for people that rely on public insurance or experience financial hardships. Dr. Lister's long-term goal is to disseminate research findings and utilize these alongside stakeholder insight to develop innovative, low-cost treatment approaches.
The Fulbright Program and university initiatives have supported Dr. Lister's investigator-initiated scholarship. He is a recipient of a NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Travel Award for his gender-specific paper among African Americans with OUD in methadone treatment. Dr. Lister has been part of the State of Michigan Opioid Crisis grants (funded by SAMHSA) in multiple years. He completed his PhD at Rutgers University, where his dissertation earned the Dean’s Award alongside national distinction. Dr. Lister was clinically trained at University of Michigan, where he obtained his MSW, specializing in interpersonal practice. He teaches across the curriculum and mentors OUD research projects among diverse student populations. Dr. Lister’s research has been published in peer-reviewed substance use, social work, and psychiatry journals, and featured on NPR and CNBC.
Degrees and Certifications
• Wayne State University (2014-2015): Postdoctoral Fellowship, Substance Abuse Research Division
• Rutgers University (2014): PhD, Social Work
• University of Michigan (2005): MSW, Interpersonal Practice & Mental Health
• Diagnostic assessment; substance use and addiction treatment; research methods; statistics; health disparities
Areas of Expertise
SUBSTANTIVE AREA EXPERTISE
• Opioid use disorder, gambling disorder, psychosocial risk/protective factors
• Primary addictive disorders and co-occurring behavioral health disorders
• Health disparities and equity for underserved populations
METHODS OF EXPERTISE
• Structured clinical interviewing
• Clinial and community-engaged research designs
• Advanced quantitative methods, psychometrics, mixed-methods
Improving Opioid Use Disorder Treatment for Underserved Populations. Dr. Lister is involved with multiple research studies investigating psychosocial and clinical factors among OUD patients in low-income communities. These include two studies of patients in treatment at an urban, Detroit-based methadone clinic with an emphasis on minority and women's health, and a study of consumers and providers dealing with OUD treatment in rural communities. Dr. Lister is part of the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis and State Opioid Response programs in Michigan, serves on community-advisory boards in hard-hit overdose urban and rural communities, and collaborates with telemedicine programs aiming to deliver OUD treatment remotely to rural patients.
Problem and Disordered Gambling: Etiology and Treatment. Dr. Lister conducts research related to problem and disordered gambling and provides clinical workshops on gambling to policy and practice audiences. He is a collaborator on a pilot study investigating a new bio-behavioral treatment for people with gambling disorder and is examining risk factors for gambling disorder among patients with opioid use disorder. He also serves as the Treasurer for the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling, and is a member of the Treatment Track Committee for the National Conference on Problem Gambling.
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Social Work Teaching
SW 9100 Social Statistics and Data Analysis (WSU PhD level)
SW 7820 Research Methods in Social Work I (WSU MSW level)
SW 7990 Directed Study (WSU MSW level)
SW 4990 Directed Study (WSU BSW level)
SW 4998 Field Practice in Social Work (WSU BSW level)
SW 8998 Concentration Field Work for Social Workers II (WSU MSW level)
UROP Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (WSU Faculty Mentor)
SW Exams PhD Statistics Comprehensive Exam Grader (WSU)
Medical School Teaching
WSU-SOM WSU School of Medicine Psychiatry Year II Residency: SUDs (led by Dr. Cynthia Arfken)
UMMS U-Michigan Medical School Addiction Psychiatry Didatic (led by Dr. Erin Bonar)
Grand Challenges Project
Technology-based Treatments for Alcohol Use Disorders
Lister, Associate Professor Stella Resko and Assistant Professor Suzanne Brown are part of a team studying the considerable opportunities for leveraging technology in the delivery of evidence-based intervention and prevention services to address alcohol misuse. With colleagues from Wayne State’s Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development and the University of Michigan, they are promoting information and communication technologies that include web-based tools, interventions on mobile devices, online counseling and support groups, gaming, and text messaging support, as well as computerized feedback on alcohol use during therapist-delivered interventions. Their work was presented in a special issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions focused on the alcohol misuse Grand Challenge. Learn more
Heroin Abuse Recovery
With university funding, Assistant Professor Jamey Lister and colleagues from the Wayne State School of Medicine are surveying new patients recently admitted to methadone treatment at Wayne State’s Tolan Park Research Clinic. The study examines a variety of individual, relational, and community-level risk and protective factors that may influence treatment success. Identifying links between treatment outcomes and psychosocial factors — which could include social support, motivation to change, access to health care and transportation, and co-occurring mental health conditions or trauma histories — might lead to more targeted treatment approaches. Learn more
Lister also oversees student research regarding methadone treatment. He was a faculty mentor for a B.S.W. student’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program fellowship and oversaw another B.S.W. student’s successful conference abstract submission to a leading minority health research conference regarding race and ethnic differences in injection status among patients in methadone treatment.