Researchers Study How Drug Treatment Affects Other Aspects of Life

The $300,000 NIH grant will fund testing that could reduce risk for HIV or mental illness.

Two Texas Tech University researchers recently received a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to find out how drug treatment affects other aspects of a person’s life.

Jennifer Brown, an assistant professor of psychology, and Michael Eriksen, an assistant professor of finance, will use data already collected by NIDA to analyze outcomes across multiple studies to test for the potential benefits of substance abuse treatments to reduce HIV risk.

Emory University’s Jessica Sales, an associate research professor, and Gene Brody, a research professor, also will participate on the two-year grant.

“We are researching the benefits of individuals undergoing substance-use treatment on other aspects of their lives, including the prevention of HIV,” Brown said. “It is common for substance use researchers to focus on the benefits of interventions to reduce substance use, whereas HIV researchers place less emphasis on the benefits of their interventions to reduce substance use. Our hope is that this study will lay the groundwork for future researchers to design interventions that can address multiple health problems.”