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 the treatment needs of low-income and racial minority populations with opioid use disorder. Jamey’s research projects examine the relationship of psychosocial risk/protective factors (individual, relational, and community level) to substance-use patterns and consequences, and evidence-based treatment outcomes. He has a personal and professional passion to impact health equity for populations that rely on public insurance and/or experience financial hardships that challenge the accessibility of SUD treatment. Jamey’s long-term goal is to translate these research findings for innovative, low-cost approaches tailored to the needs of marginalized 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 Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis and State Opioid Response Grants (funded to the Michigan 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 has clinical training with psychiatric and addictive disorder populations. Jamey'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).

J. Lister Curriculum Vitae

J. Lister Research Gate Profile

J. Lister Google Scholar Citations

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

Teaching Interests

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

Areas of Expertise

• Opioid use disorder, gambling disorder, psychosocial risk/protective factors
• Primary addictive disorders and co-occurring behavioral health disorders

• Health disparities and health equity for at-risk populations

• Structured clinical interviewing
• Treatment-seeking and community-engaged populations
• Advanced quantitative methods and psychometrics

Research Project

Improving Treatment for Low-Income Populations with Opioid Use Disorder

Dr. Lister is involved with multiple research studies investigating psychosocial and clincial factors among OUD patients in low-income/working-class 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. Jamey is also part of the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis and State Opioid Response programs in Michigan.

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 among patients with opioid use disorder. Jamey also serves as the Treasurer for the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling, and is a member of the Treatment Track Committee for the National Council on Problem Gambling's annual meeting.

Office Location

5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 053

Courses Taught

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

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)

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.

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