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Research Expertise & Professional Interests Mari-Lynn Drainoni, M.Ed., Ph.D., is Research Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health; Associate Professor in the Section of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine in the Boston University School of Medicine; and Co-Director of the Evans Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences at Boston University. Dr. Drainoni's areas of expertise include the conduct of program evaluation and implementation research, and qualitative research methods. Her specific studies have focused on vulnerable and under-served populations, with a special focus on persons with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, substance abuse and mental illness, individuals with dual and triple diagnoses, and persons with physical and cognitive disabilities. She also has a strong background in managed care and in developing and implementing systems of care for complex populations. Dr. Drainoni has conducted numerous implementation studies and studies to evaluate demonstration programs for at-risk populations, several qualitative projects, and several mixed methods studies that include both surveys involving primary data collection and qualitative data collection and analysis. Some of her recent and current work includes: 1) a NIDA-funded study designed to assess the effectiveness of models of engaging HIV-infected substance users in medical care, substance use treatment and hepatitis C care; 2) an NICHD-funded implementation study to reduce socioeconomic disparities in health at pediatric visits in multiple 3) a HRSA study to evaluate and disseminate the implementation of adapted evidence-informed interventions for high-risk HIV-infected persons; 4) a HRSA-funded hybrid implementation effectiveness study to use community health workers to improve access, retention and care outcomes for persons living with HIV; 5) an evaluation of the Gloucester ANGEL program, a police-led intervention to place people into substance use treatment rather than incarceration; 6) evaluating the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program, the mechanism by which the State will implement Medicaid redesign; 7) evaluating an intervention to improve physician communication about and offering the HPV vaccine using a performance improvement continuing education intervention in six community health centers serving safety net populations; 8) mentoring a study to develop an intervention to optimize PrEP uptake and adherence for treatment and prevention among persons who inject drugs; 9) a study examining the feasibility, acceptability and adherence to protocol of use of PrEP for conception among HIV serodiscordant couples; and 10) leading the implementation science component of a PCORI-funded study to compare two brief interventions within the primary care medical home to assess the most effective strategy to improve outcomes among pregnant and postpartum women with depressive symptoms, assess the optimal time to deploy each strategy and examine the barriers to establishing these interventions. Dr. Drainoni also Co-Directs the PhD and MS programs in Health Services Research in the School of Public Health and teaches a course in Implementation Science.

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