Director Dr. Abenaa Jones
"I conduct research that finds solutions to the real-life complexities that involve substance use disorders, social and economic marginalization, and criminal justice. When individuals are in communities with high levels of unemployment, the stigma of incarceration and drug use exacerbates the inability to secure employment—compounded with community violence, stress, and a lack of trauma-informed care; it is unsurprising when individuals in these situations relapse. Simply telling individuals to stop using drugs without high-quality drug treatment and associated services is ineffective. The ASID lab takes a multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach to find optimal solutions for marginalized and minoritized people who use drugs."