Assistant Research Scientist
Ph.D., Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: 410-837-3977 ext. 231
Dr. 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. Dr. Sharma’s Ph.D. is from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in social work where her dissertation focused on quality of life trajectories for people in methadone treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit.
Dr. Sharma’s experience at FRI has spanned several projects, including a study to develop and validate a substance use screening tool for primary care, a randomized trial of interim methadone and patient navigation in jail, brief interventions for adolescents within school-based health centers, and use of diverted buprenorphine within correctional facilities. Currently, Dr. Sharma is working with Dr. Jan Gryczynski on projects related to improving treatment linkage through novel settings, such as through the Baltimore City sexual health clinics.
Dr. Sharma’s topical research interests include medication initiation and intervention for OUD 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. Dr. 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.