Key Researchers


Key Researchers: Substance Abuse & Welfare Reform

Deborah Podus, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

Deborah Podus, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Sociologist at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. Her research interests are treatment effectiveness, welfare reform, child welfare, and substance abuse treatment policy. She is Principal Investigator of Closing the Loop on Welfare Reform, a study of the intersection between welfare reform and substance abuse in Los Angeles County, and A Policy Analysis of Recent Changes in Federal Methadone/LAAM Treatment Regulation, a study of the history and impact of a federal ruling on the oversight of methadone and LAAM treatment providers promulgated in May 2001. Both projects are funded by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. She is also Co-Principal Investigator of a meta analysis on the effectiveness of contingency management treatment techniques. Dr. Podus was project director of several other studies completed at ISAP including a study of the impact in Los Angeles County of the repeal of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for individuals disabled by drug addiction and alcoholism, part of a multi-site study funded by CSAT, and a NIDA-funded meta-analysis of studies of drug abuse treatment effectiveness. Dr. Podus received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University.
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