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Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesBrandeis University, Ph.D.
Brandeis University, M.A.
Harvard University, School of Public Health, SM
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
ExpertiseRacial/ethnic inequalities in health services, substance abuse treatment, performance measures
ProfileAndrea Acevedo, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate in the Institute of Behavioral Health at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her primary research interests are in racial/ethnic inequalities in access and quality of health services, particularly those related to substance use disorders. Dr. Acevedo worked as part of the evaluation team of various SAMHSA-funded grants, and as the evaluator of various Boston community health programs. In those capacities, she worked with grantees and program staff on developing measurement tools, and provided technical assistance on data collection and quality improvement. She was involved in the development and testing of performance measures for substance abuse treatment with state substance abuse agencies. Dr. Acevedo is currently working on studies examining: a) the impact of interventions with treatment providers to improve treatment performance, b) ways of improving nursing home quality reports to meet the needs of minority community members, and c) geographic variation on prescribing patterns.
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Awards and Honors
Junior Investigator Award for the 2012 Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific meeting; 2012 (2012)
Acevedo, A., Garnick D.W., Dunigan, R, Horgan, C.M., Ritter, G.A., Lee, M.T., Panas, L., Campbell, K., Haberlin, K., Lambert-Wacey, D., Leeper, T., Reynolds, M., Wright, D.. "Performance measures and racial/ethnic disparities in the treatment of substance use disorders.." Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 76. 1 (2015): 57-67.
Dunigan, R., Acevedo, A., Campbell, K., Garnick, D.W., Horgan, C. M., Huber, A., Lee, M.T., Panas, L., Ritter, G.. "Engagement in outpatient substance abuse treatment and employment outcomes." Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research 41. (2014): 20-36.
Garnick D.W., Horgan, C.M., Acevedo, A., Lee, M.T., Panas, L., Ritter, G., Dunigan, R., Bidorini, A., Campbell, K., Haberlin, K., Huber, A., Lambert-Wacey, D., Leeper, T., Reynolds, M., Wright, D.. "Criminal justice outcomes after engagement in outpatient substance abuse treatment." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 46. (2014): 295-305.
Acevedo, A., Garnick D.W., Lee, M., Horgan, C.M., Ritter, G., Panas, L., Leeper, T., Moore, R., Reynolds, M. "Racial/ethnic Differences in Substance Abuse Treatment Initiation and Engagement in a Publicly-Funded Substance Abuse Treatment System." Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse 11. (2012): 1-21.
Garnick, D.W., Horgan, C., Acevedo, A., McCorry, F., Weisner, C.. "Performance Measures for Substance Use Disorders – What Research is Needed?." Addiction Science and Clinical Practice 7. (2012).
Garnick, D.W., Lee, M.T., O'Brien, P., Panas, L., Ritter, G., Acevedo, A, Garner, B.R., Funk, R.R., Godley, M.D. "The Washington Circle Engagement Performance Measures' Association with Adolescent Treatment Outcomes." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 124. (2012): 250-258.
Lee, M.T., Garnick, D.W., O'Brien, P., Panas, L., Ritter, G., Acevedo, A, Garner, B.R., Funk, R.R., Godley, M.D. "Adolescent Treatment Initiation and Engagement in an Evidence-Based Practice Initiative." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 42. (2012): 346-355.
Strickler, G.K., Reif, S., Horgan, C., Acevedo, A. "The Relationship between Substance Abuse Performance Measures and Mutual Help Group Aftercare." Alcohol Treatment Quarterly 30. (2012): 190-210.
Garnick, D.W., Lee, M.T., Horgan, C.M., Acevedo, A., Botticelli, M., et al. "Lessons from Five States: Public Sector Use of Washington Circle Performance Measures." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 40. (2011): 241-254.
Garnick, D.W., Lee, M.T., Horgan, C.M., Acevedo, A., and the Washington Circle Public Sector Workgroup. "Adapting Washington Circle Performance Measures for Public Sector Substance Abuse Treatment Systems." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 36. (2009): 265–277.
Amaro, H., Dai, J., Arévalo, S., Acevedo, A., Matsumoto, A., Nieves, R.. "Effects of Integrated Trauma Treatment On Outcomes in a Racially/Ethnically Diverse Sample of Women in Urban Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment.." Journal of Urban Health 84. (2007): 508-522.
Amaro, H., Larson, M. J., Zhang, A., Acevedo, A., Dai, J., & Matsumoto, A. "Effects of Trauma Intervention on HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors among Women in Substance Abuse Treatment with Co-Occurring Disorders." Journal of Community Health 35. (2007): 895-908.
Salgado de Snyder, V.N., Acevedo, A., Díaz-Perez, M. De J., & Saldivar-Garduño, A. "Understanding the Sexuality of Mexican-Origin Women and their Risk of HIV/AIDS." Psychology of Women Quarterly 24. (2000): 100-109.
Salgado de Snyder, V.N., Acevedo, A., & Natera, L.X.. "Dios y el Norte: The perceptions of wives of documented and undocumented immigrants to the United States." Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 18. (1996): 283-296.