Anjalee Sharma, M.S.W.

Anjalee Sharma, M.S.W.
Anjalee Sharma, M.S.W.
Research Assistant

B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
M.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore
asharma@friendsresearch.org
Phone: 410-837-3977 ext. 231
Fax: 410-752-4218
Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications
Schwartz RP, Kelly SM, Mitchell SG, O’Grady KE, Sharma A, Jaffe JH (2019). Methadone treatment of arrestees: A randomized clinical trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 107680.
Gryczynski J, McNeely J, Wu LT, Subramaniam GA, Svikis DS, Cathers LA, Sharma G, King J, Jelstrom E, Nordeck CD, Sharma A, Mitchell SG, O’Grady KE, Schwartz RP (2017). Validation of the TAPS-1: A Four-Item Screening Tool to Identify Unhealthy Substance Use in Primary Care. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 32(9):990-996. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4079-x. Epub 2017 May 26. PMID: 28550609.
Schwartz RP, McNeely J, Wu LT, Sharma G, Wahle A, Cushing C, Nordeck CD, Sharma A, O’Grady KE, Gryczynski J, Mitchell SG, Ali RL, Marsden J, Subramaniam G (2017). Identifying substance misuse in primary care: TAPS Tool compared to the WHO ASSIST. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 76, 69-76.
Sharma A, Kelly SM, Mitchell SG, Gryczynski J, O’Grady KE, Schwartz RP (2017). Update on Barriers to Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorders. Current Psychiatry Reports. 19(6):35. doi: 10.1007/s11920-017-0783-9. Review. PMID: 28526967.
McNeely J, Wu LT, Subramaniam G, Sharma G, Cathers LA, Svikis D, Sleiter L, Russell L, Nordeck C, Sharma A, O’Grady KE, Bouk LB, Cushing C, King J, Wahle A, Schwartz RP (2016). Performance of the Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medication, and Other Substance Use (TAPS) Tool for Substance Use Screening in Primary Care Patients. Annals of Internal Medicine. 165(10):690-699. doi: 10.7326/M16-0317. PMID: 27595276.
Schwartz RP, Kelly SM, Mitchell SG, Dunlap L, Zarkin GA, Sharma A, O’Grady KE, Jaffe JH (2016). Corrigendum to “Interim methadone and patient navigation in jail: Rationale and design of a randomized clinical trial”. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 51:97. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.09.008. PMID: 27729206.
Schwartz RP, Kelly SM, Mitchell SG, Dunlap L, Zarkin GA, Sharma A, O’Grady KE, Jaffe JH (2016). Interim methadone and patient navigation in jail: Rationale and design of a randomized clinical trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 49:21-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.06.002. PMID: 27282117.
Serpelloni G, Genetti B, Andreotti A, Sperotto M, Zermiani M, Sharma A, O’Grady KE, Schwartz RP (2016). Prevalence and correlates for alcohol, cigarette, and cannabis use among Italian high school students: a national survey. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation.
Sharma A, O’Grady KE, Kelly SM, Gryczynski J, Mitchell SG, Schwartz RP (2016). Pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence in jails and prisons: research review update and future directions. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. 7:27-40. doi: 10.2147/SAR.S81602. Review. PMID: 27217808. PMCID: PMC4853155 DOI: 10.2147/SAR.S81602.
Sharma A, Saco P (2015). Adverse childhood experiences and gambling: Results from a national survey. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. 15(1), 25-43.