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Webinar: Understanding the Patient Journey through Treatment and Recovery

Join the Addiction Policy Forum on June 28th from 1-2:15 p.m. (ET) for a webinar to discuss key findings from the Patient Journey Map.

Addiction Policy Forum (APF) works to engage individuals with lived experience in research to help advance knowledge, drive discovery, and build linkages to the scientific community. As part of this effort, APF recently participated in the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) Mapping Patient Journeys in Drug Addiction Treatment Challenge and created the Patient Journey Map.

To create this map, APF conducted 60 life course history interviews with people in recovery to capture their experiences with developing a substance use disorder, receiving treatment, and maintaining recovery. Join us to learn about findings around the onset of substance use, challenges to treatment, positive experiences, common threads, and other key discoveries from professionals and researchers in the field, as well as Addiction Policy Forum staff.

Webinar: Discussing Findings from the

Addiction Policy Forum Patient Journey Map

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 1-2 p.m. (ET)


Valerie A. Earnshaw, PhD is a social psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing associations between stigma and health inequities across the lifespan. Dr. Earnshaw aims to contribute to knowledge of the mechanisms whereby stigma undermines health outcomes and what moderates these relationships in protective ways, as well as contribute to interventions that improve the wellbeing of stigmatized children, youth, and families. Much of her current research focuses on stigma associated with substance use disorders, HIV, and mental illness. Dr. Earnshaw earned her PhD in Social Psychology in 2011 from the University of Connecticut, and then pursued post-doctoral training in HIV/AIDS at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University as well as in child- and family-centered health outcomes research at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Her work can be seen on her website,

James H. Berry, DO is Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Director of Addictions. He is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a General Psychiatry residency at West Virginia University and an Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Hawaii. He and his colleagues at WVU have developed innovative community-based treatment models in response to the addiction crisis in Appalachia and are actively engaged in novel National Institute of Drug Abuse supported neuromodulation research related to substance use disorders through WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.

Michelle Putnam, MPH has been with the Division of Overdose Prevention since January 2017 and has served as Team Lead for the Division’s Office of Policy, Planning, and Partnerships since 2018. Prior to joining NCIPC she worked for FHI 360 as a communications contractor with the Office of the Associate Director for Policy focusing on policy initiatives related to social determinants of health. She has also held policy positions at various state-based non-profits, including Hemophilia of Georgia and HealthSTAT, which she counts as very valuable boots-on-the-ground experience. Michelle earned her Master of Public Health at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and her BA at Georgia State University.

Jessica Hulsey is founder and Executive Director of the Addiction Policy Forum, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating awareness around substance use disorders and helping patients and families in crisis. APF works to end the stigma surrounding addiction while translating science and providing services in all 50 states. Jess has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of prevention, treatment, and policy solutions to address substance use disorders. She serves on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and is a Board Member for the federal DEA Educational Foundation (Drug Enforcement Administration, US Department of Justice). She lives in Maryland and is mom to three beautiful boys -- Conner, Jack and Tyler.

Kayla Zawislak, MSW, CADC has worked at the Addiction Policy Forum for the last 4 years where she is the Director of Patient Engagement. She works closely with those with a substance use disorder and their loved ones through Addiction Policy Forum's helpline, smartphone application, and virtual recovery meetings. Kayla has conducted research around patient’s lived experience in addiction, treatment, and recovery through APF’s Patient Journey Map Report and APF's COVID-19 surveys.

With questions, contact Haley Tenney at


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