Laura B. Monico, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Delaware
M.A., Sociology, University of Delaware
Phone: 410-837-3977 ext. 248
Dr. Monico specializes in health services research that aims to improve the quality of substance abuse treatment delivery for both adults and adolescents, specifically for those with opioid use disorders. She has been actively involved in data collection or analysis on a number of NIDA-funded studies that investigate various dimensions of pharmacotherapy, such as the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS) Phase II initiative MATICCE study, Intensive Outpatient v. Outpatient Treatment with Buprenorphine among African Americans, Reengineering Methadone Treatment: A Clinical Trial, Health Services Research: Extended Release Naltrexone for Opioid-Dependent Youth, and A Randomized Trial of Interim Methadone and Patient Navigation Initiated in Jail. In addition, she recently completed a dissertation that uses an ecological systems perspective to understand buprenorphine patients’ experience in an opioid treatment program. The results of this dissertation identified barriers for buprenorphine treatment entry, engagement, and retention, as well as contributed to a better understanding of prescription opioid initiation, progression of addiction severity, and the intersection of route of administration.