Maureen Walton, PhD, MPH

Co-Investigator, Data & Methods Workgroup Lead, University of Michigan Coordinating Center

Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Research Faculty Development, Department Psychiatry / Professor, Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention / Associate Chair for Child Research, Addiction Center / Senior Associate Director, Injury Prevention Center / Data Science for Dynamic Intervention Decision-Making Center (d3C), University of Michigan

Dr. Maureen Walton is a Co-Investigator for the University of Michigan Coordinating Center and is the Data & Methods Core Lead.

Dr. Walton is a Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Research Faculty Development in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan (U-M). She is also the Associate Chair for Child Research at the Addiction Center and Senior Associate Director at the U-M Injury Prevention Center. Dr. Walton’s career goal is to conduct innovative research to maximize public health impact on prevention and intervention for youth violence and substance use (e.g., alcohol, cannabis, opioids). She has expertise in harnessing technology (e.g., web, text messaging, social media, telehealth, smartphone apps) for assessment and intervention delivery, including mobile health research and micro-randomized trials. For example, Dr. Walton and colleagues have demonstrated the efficacy of a single session intervention (SafERteens) in reducing youth violence and alcohol misuse (published in JAMA), which uses technology to structure the therapy. Her team has ongoing work integrating the SafERteens intervention into routine clinical care in the emergency department and in primary care, which includes text messaging boosters. More recently, she is testing adaptive interventions (delivered by peer coaches or text messages) to reduce risky drinking and violence using a SMART design. In addition, Dr. Walton and colleagues have developed evidenced-based single session interventions to reduce substance use (e.g., alcohol, cannabis, prescription drug misuse) among patients in medical settings. More recent lines of work in this area include testing remotely delivered interventions (i.e., telehealth session, messaging platform) to prevent opioid misuse among young people in the emergency department, as well as the efficacy of social media delivered interventions to reduce risky substance use among adolescents and emerging adults.

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