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Our Research

The faculty at CMAP do policy research to improve the lives of people with mental health and substance use disorder. The leadership team has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in 2023, so far, in high-impact peer-reviewed journals such as JAMA, Health Affairs, and JAMA: Psychiatry. The leadership team of CMAP currently serves as principal investigator on seven NIH R01 grants, two T32 training grants, and grants from PCORI, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Greenwall Foundation, Arnold Ventures, the DeBeaumont Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund.

Research Projects

Healthcare Systems and Integration

Behavioral Health M&As: Characterizing Acquisitions and Private Equity Investments in Behavioral Health.

Lead CMAP Faculty: Matthew Eisenberg

988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline evaluation: Evaluating the roll-out of the new 988 lifeline.

Lead CMAP Faculty: Liz Stuart

Provider Networks for Behavioral Health Specialists: Describing and Evaluating Policy Determinants of Behavioral Health Provider Networks in Medicaid and Medicare Advantage

Lead CMAP Faculty: Mark Meiselbach

Impact of Health System Delivery Policies on Substance Use Treatment: Examining the impact of policies rolled out during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they affected SUD treatment

Lead CMAP Faculty: Matthew Eisenberg


Multi-sectoral Approaches to Mental Health and Substance Use

Housing and Substance Use: Investigating the Role of Housing Policies on Substance Use Treatment and Overdose Risk Amid COVID-19.

Lead CMAP Faculty: Matthew Eisenberg

Opioid Use Disorder in Maryland Jails: Analyzing the Impact of a Statewide Mandate Requiring Jails to Provide Medications for Opioid Use Disorder.

Lead CMAP Faculty: Brendan Saloner

Intersecting Addiction & Foster Care Crises: Using linked data to identify factors associated with reduced risk of foster care system involvement among families with parental substance use.

Lead CMAP Faculty: Alene Kennedy-Hendricks and Sachini Bandara

Trends, Communication, and Policy Engagement

CLIMB Study: Examining Mental Health and Well-Being in U.S. adults longitudinally in a post-COVID world.

Lead CMAP Faculty: Catherine Ettman

Methods for Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Research

Bloomberg Overdose Initiative: A Multi-Year Campaign to Reduce Overdose Rates.

Lead CMAP Faculty: Brendan Saloner & Sachini Bandara

Unpacking Low Prescribing of Medications for Alcohol Use Disorder: Exploring factors contributing to low levels of pharmacologic treatment for alcohol use disorder.

Lead CMAP Faculty: Alene Kennedy-Hendricks