Dr. Barbara "Basia" Andraka-Christou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management & Informatics, with a Joint Secondary Appointment in the College of Medicine, at the University of Central Florida. Her research explores substance use disorder treatment from health services and health policy perspectives, including medication-assisted treatment barriers, person-centered care, and mobile health delivery.

Additionally, she leads a working group with other faculty and graduate students at UCF about substance use disorder treatment in the court system. Projects for this working group are funded by the Florida Supreme Court Office of the State Courts Administrator. (Click Here for More Information)

Dr. Andraka-Christou’s work has been published in elite substance use journals, including the International Journal of Drug Policy, the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Drug & Alcohol Review, and the American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse. She has appeared on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

She is the author of the book The Opioid Fix: America’s Opioid Crisis and the Solution They Don’t Want You to Have (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020) about the legal, health service, and culture barriers to medication-assisted treatment. She has also published an interactive electronic textbook, Health Law & Ethics, with Cognella Academic Press.

Dr. Andraka-Christou received her J.D. and Ph.D. from Indiana University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship there. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Florida. She is a licensed attorney in Florida.

Research Highlights

  • 19 peer-reviewed publications (published or in press), 3 law review publications
  • Solo author of The Opioid Fix: America’s Addiction Crisis & the Solution they Don’t Want You to Have (nonfiction, Johns Hopkins University Press 2020)
  • Solo author of Health Law & Ethics (textbook, Cognella Academic Publishing 2019)
  • 24 invited presentations
  • 43 peer-reviewed presentations
  • 28 news media appearances as a subject matter expert, including in national, state, and local media (television, radio, and print)
  • Funding received as a coinvestigator on four separate R01 grants (including from the NIH, CDC, and AHRQ), including as local principal investigator
  • Funding received as principal investigator on three Florida state government grants
  • Funding received as principal investigator and as coinvestigator on non-profit foundation grants
  • Funded consultant on the Arizona State University Project ECHO MAT Expansion Team, providing education to primary care clinicians about evidence-based addiction treatment
  • Leads a team serving as the primary research partner of the Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator Opioid Initiative, a statewide initiative to expand evidence-based treatment in the court system
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