B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
M.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore
Phone: 410-837-3977 ext. 231
Ms. Sharma completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at two Maryland institutions; University of Maryland, College Park, where she obtained degrees in psychology and women’s studies; and University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she obtained her master’s in social work. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in social work where she works under Dr. Trenette Clark Goings.
Ms. Sharma’s experience at FRI has spanned several projects, including a study to develop and validate a substance use screening tool for primary care, and a randomized trial of interim methadone and patient navigation in jail. Currently, Ms. Sharma is working with Dr. Jan Gryczynski on projects related to brief interventions for adolescents within school-based health centers, and use of diverted buprenorphine within correctional facilities.
Ms. Sharma’s topical research interests include medication initiation and intervention for opioid use disorder in correctional settings, understanding and evolving treatment modalities for people with substance use disorders, and continuity of care for people who seek substance use treatment from incarceration to community settings. Ms. Sharma’s interests in quantitative methods include longitudinal data analysis, causal inference, and assessing measurement invariance of existing measures used in clinical and research settings.