Jamey Lister

Jamey Lister

Assistant Professor

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Jamey Lister


Jamey J. Lister has been an assistant professor at WSU School of Social Work since 2015. Dr. Lister's interdisciplinary behavioral health research focuses on improving treatment for at-risk populations with substance use disorders and addictive behaviors. In particular, his work focuses on persons with opioid use disorder. Jamey’s research projects examine the relationship of psychosocial factors (individual, relational, and community level) to substance-use patterns and consequences, and evidence-based treatment outcomes. Dr. Lister’s clinical and community-engaged projects in rural/urban settings serve to address health disparities by providing implications specific to the needs of low/working-class populations, racial minority groups, and by gender. Jamey’s long-term goal is to use these findings to develop and implement innovative approaches tailored to at-risk, underserved groups.

The U.S. Fulbright Program and Wayne State University initiatives have supported Dr. Lister's investigator-initiated studies. He is part of the State of Michigan Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant (funded to the Department of Health and Human Services by SAMHSA) and colloborates with telemedicine addiction programs. Jamey is adjunct faculty at WSU School of Medicine (Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences), where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Substance Abuse Research Division. He earned his PhD from Rutgers University and collected his dissertation data at Carleton University in Canada. Dr. Lister's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals in addiction, social work, and psychiatry, and his work has been disseminated in leading media outlets (NPR, CNBC).

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Degrees and Certifications

• Postdoctoral – Wayne State University (2014-15)
• PhD – Rutgers University (2014)
• MSW – University of Michigan (2005)

Teaching Interests

• Diagnostic assessment; substance use and addiction treatment; research methods; statistics

Areas of Expertise

• Opioid use disorder, gambling disorder
• Co-occurring substance use/addiction and mental health disorders

• Health disparities and health equity

• Structured clinical interviewing
• Treatment-seeking populations
• Advanced quantitative methods (e.g., mediation and moderation models)

Research Project

Improving Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Urban and Rural Communities of Michigan

Dr. Lister is involved with multiple research studies investigating psychosocial and clincial factors among OUD patients in low-income communities of Michigan. These studies include patients in treatment at an urban, Detroit-based methadone clinic with an emphasis on minority health, consumers and providers dealing with OUD treatment in rural communities of Michigan, and telemedicine programs aiming to deliver OUD treatment remotely to rural patients.

Problem and Disordered Gambling: Characteristics and Treatment Recommendations

Dr. Lister conducts and disseminates research findings related to problem and disordered gambling in academic, clinical, and advovacy settings. He is a collaborator on a pilot study investigating a new bio-behavioral treatment for people with gambling disorder and serves as a member for the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling and the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Office Location

5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 053

Courses Taught

SW 8115           DSM in Clinical Social Work Practice (MSW level)

SW 9100           Social Statistics and Data Analysis (PhD level)

SW 7820           Research Methods in Social Work I (MSW level)

SW 7990           Directed Study (MSW level)

SW 4990           Directed Study (BSW level)

SW 4998           Field Practice in Social Work (BSW level)

UROP                 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (Faculty Mentor)


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.

150 years in the heart of Detroit