Barbara Andraka-Christou, Ph.D., J.D., B.A.
Health Management and Informatics
Assistant Professor (Secondary Joint Appointment), College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Dr. Barbara “Basia” Andraka-Christou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management & Informatics, with a Joint Secondary Appointment in the College of Medicine, at the University of Central Florida. Her research explores substance use disorder treatment from health services and health policy perspectives, including medication-assisted treatment barriers, person-centered care, and mobile health delivery.
Additionally, she leads a working group with other faculty and graduate students at UCF about substance use disorder treatment in the court system. Projects for this working group are funded by the Florida Supreme Court Office of the State Courts Administrator.
Dr. Andraka-Christou’s work has been published in elite substance use journals, including the International Journal of Drug Policy, the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Drug & Alcohol Review, and the American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse. She has appeared on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
She is the author of the book The Opioid Fix: America’s Opioid Crisis and the Solution They Don’t Want You to Have (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020) about the legal, health service, and culture barriers to medication-assisted treatment. She has also published an interactive electronic textbook, Health Law & Ethics, with Cognella Academic Press.
Dr. Andraka-Christou received her J.D. and Ph.D. from Indiana University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship there. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Florida. She is a licensed attorney in Florida.
- 21 peer-reviewed publications (published or in press), 3 law review publications
- Solo author of The Opioid Fix: America’s Addiction Crisis & the Solution they Don’t Want You to Have (nonfiction book from Johns Hopkins University Press 2020)
- Solo author of Health Law & Ethics (textbook from Cognella Academic Publishing 2019)
- 27 invited presentations
- 44 peer-reviewed presentations
- 29 news media appearances as subject matter expert, including in national, state, and local media (television, radio, & print)
- Funding received as a coinvestigator on four separate R01 grants (from the NIH, CDC, and AHRQ), including as local principal investigator
- Funding received as principal investigator on three Florida state government grants
- Funding received as principal investigator and as coinvestigator on non-profit foundation grants
- Funded consultant on the Arizona State University Project ECHO MAT Expansion Team, providing education to primary care clinicians about evidence-based addiction treatment
- Leads a team serving as the primary research partner of the Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator Opioid Initiative, a statewide initiative to expand evidence-based treatment in the court system
Tuesday: 11 am – 2 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 1 pm
Juris Doctorate, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2013
Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2016
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Indiana University-Indianapolis, 2017
Areas of Expertise
- Health services
- Health policy
- Substance use disorder
- Barriers and facilitators to utilization of medications for treating opioid use disorder
- Information technology utilization in health services for substance use disorders
- Implementation of person-centered care for treating substance use disorders
Recent Honors and Awards
Best Abstract by an Associated Professional Award. From the American Society of Addiction Medicine for “Indiana Court Employees' Attitudes towards Medication-Assisted Treatments for OUD”. April 2019. Available at www.eventscribe.com (one abstract from an associated professional is selected annually at the national conference)
Identified as “Top Professor” nationally and one of 15 “Healthcare Administration Professors to Know.” MHA Online. 2018. Available at www.mhaonline.com (15 professors from around the nation are selected annually)
Research article (first author) cited by the Government Accountability Office in a report to the US Congress: Barriers to Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Access to Treatment Medications (January 2020).
Solo-authored article cited in government report from U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Solo-authored article cited in government report from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Solo-authored article cited in Federal Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit Opinion. Tri-Cities Holdings LLC et al. v. Tenn. Admin. Procedures Div. et al., No. 17-5628/6046 (6th Cir. Feb. 28, 2018). Available at www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov.
Andraka-Christou B, Atkins D. Beliefs about Medications for Opioid Use Disorder among Florida Criminal Problem-Solving Court & Dependency Court Staff. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (impact factor 3.0; H index 69; 1st Quartile in Clinical Psychology) (in press).
Andraka-Christou, B., Atkins, D., Madeira, J., Silverman, R. Receipt of Training about Medication for Opioid Use Disorder from Pharmaceutical Manufacturers: A Preliminary Study of Florida Criminal Problem-Solving and Dependency Court Staff. American Drug & Alcohol Review. 2020 (accepted, in press) (impact factor 2.9; H index-66; 1st Quartile in Health-Social Science).
Andraka-Christou, B., Nguyen, T., Harris, S., Madeira, J., Randall-Kosich, O.s, Totaram, R.s, Atkins, D., Ford, J. College students’ perceived knowledge of and perceived helpfulness of treatments for opioid use disorder at two American universities. American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse. 2020 (accepted, in press) (impact factor 2.7; H index-64; 1st Quartile in Clinical Psychology).
Andraka-Christou, B., Nguyen, T., Bradford, D., Simon, K. Assessing the Impact of Drug Courts on Provider-Directed Marketing Efforts by Manufactures of Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder To be published in: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2019; 110: 49-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2019.12.004 (impact factor 2.8; H index-93; 1st Quartile in Clinical Psychology).
Nguyen, T., Andraka-Christou, B., Simon, K., Bradford, D. Comparison of rural versus urban direct-to-physician commercial promotion of medications for treating opioid use disorder. Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open. 2019;2(12):e1916520. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.16520 (26% acceptance rate).
Andraka-Christou, B., Gabriel, M., Madeira, J. & Silverman, R. Court personnel attitudes towards medications for opioid use disorder: a state-wide survey. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 2019;104:72-82. doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2019.06.011 (impact factor 2.8; H index-93; 1st Quartile in Clinical Psychology)
Nguyen, T., Andraka-Christou, B., Bradford, W., & Kosali, S. Provider-Directed Marketing May Increase Prescribing of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment; 2019;104:104-115. doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2019.06.014 (impact factor 2.8; H index-93; 1st Quartile in Clinical Psychology).
Randall-Kosich, O.s, Andraka-Christou, B., Totaram, R.s, Alamo, J.s, & Nadig, M.s Comparing Reasons for Starting and Stopping Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone Treatment among a Sample of White Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder. Journal of Addiction Medicine;2019. (in press; impact factor 2.7; H5-index 35; 1st Quartile in Pharmacology) (s indicates student)
Andraka-Christou, B. The Opioid Fix: America’s Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don’t Want You to Have. Johns Hopkins University Press (available Spring 2020).
Andraka-Christou, B. Health Law & Ethics. Cognella Academic Publishing. Fall 2019.
Dr. Andraka-Christou has appeared in national, state, and local news 27 times as a subject matter expert. Below is a small selection of media appearances.
- Feibel, Carrie. To Stop Deadly Overdoses, ‘The Opioid Fix’ Urges Better Use of Tools We Already Have. NPR. July 21, 2020. (story focused on my book, The Opioid Fix)
- Harper, Jake. Addiction Clinics Market Unproven Infusion Treatments to Desperate Patients. NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO. Morning Edition (print version) (August 22, 2019) www.npr.org.
- Costello, B. Panel Discusses CARA Funding to Combat Opioid Abuse. Indiana Public Media. September 30, 2016. indianapublicmedia.org(live televised panel member.)
- Harper, Jake. Addiction Treatment Gap is a Driving Black Market for Suboxone, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO. All Things Considered (October 5, 2018), www.npr.org
- Harper, Jake. Questions Raised About Study of Device to Ease Opioid Withdrawal. NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO. Morning Edition (May 2, 2018), www.npr.org
- Harper, Jake. To Grow Market Share, A Drug Maker Pitches its Product to Judges. NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO. Morning Edition (August 3, 2017), www.npr.org
- Harper, Jake. A Drug Maker Tries to Cash in on the Opioid Epidemic, One State Law at a Time, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO. All Things Considered (June 12, 2017), www.npr.org
Current Funded Projects
Dr. Andraka-Christou leads a UCF working group focused on implementation of evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder in the Florida court system. The group currently has three projects funded by the Florida Supreme Court Office of the State Courts Administrator. The group includes Dr. Danielle Atkins, Dr. Yara Asi, Rachel Totaram, MHA, and Fatema Ahmed, MHA. More information about these projects can be found at www.flcourts.org
- The Family Dependency Drug Court Enhancement Project. Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program Grant. PI: Kiel. Funded by Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. $1,492,871, October 2019-October 2022.
Role: Coinvestigator of BJA grant. Local Principal Investigator at UCF (subcontract), January 2018-July 2019 (12.5% FTE each year for 3 years; $146,786 over 3 years; Project credit split at UCF 50%) (in process of being signed by UCF legal department)
- Florida Courts E-Learning about Opioid Use Disorder & Its Treatments. PI: Andraka-Christou, Barbara. Funded by Florida Supreme Court Office of States Court Administrator. May 2019-May 2020.
Role: Principal Investigator, November 2019-November 2020 (5% FTE; $13,999.10; Project credit split at UCF 50%) (in process of being signed by UCF legal department)
- Program Evaluation for Florida Supreme Court Office of States Court Administrator. PI: Andraka-Christou, Barbara. Funded by Florida Supreme Court Office of States Court Administrator. May 2019-May 2020.
Role: Principal Investigator, May 2019-May 2020 (5% FTE; $11,000; Project credit split at UCF 50%)
Dr. Andraka-Christou leads a research team at UCF, including Dr. Danielle Atkins, Dr. Kendall Corteylou-Ward, Rachel Totaram, MHA, Olivia Randall-Kosich, MHA, and Dr. Mazurenko. The team uses a mixed-method approach to identify methods for implementing person-centered care in substance use disorder treatment. More information about this project is available here: ccie.ucf.edu/person-centered-care
- Strategies for Person-Centered Care in Behavioral Health Treatment Programs. PI: Andraka-Christou, Barbara. Funded by Health Foundation of South Florida, Award # 18-04908, $57,884. October 2018-October 2019.
Role: Principal Investigator, October 2018-October 2019 (21% FTE; $57,884; Project credit split at UCF 40%)
Dr. Andraka-Christou is a coinvestigator and local principal investigator for an NIH NIDA R01 investigating state statutes and regulations impacting access and quality of treatment for opioid use disorder. She collaborates on this project with Brad Stein from the Rand Corporation in Washington D.C. and mentorees Olivia Randall-Kosich, MHA and Matthew Golan.
- Quality of Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Medicaid-Enrollees: The Effects of State Policies and Initiatives. PI: Stein, Bradley (Rand Corporation). Funded by NIH, Award # R01DA045800, $613,917. July 2018-October 2023.
Role: Coinvestigator of R01. Local Principal Investigator at UCF (subcontract), May 2019 – May 2023 (5% FTE for 4 years; $41,904 over 4 years; Project credit split at UCF 100%)
Dr. Andraka-Christou is a coinvestigator and the local principal investigator for an Indiana University Grand Challenges award investigating the relationship between local ordinances, drug courts, and addiction treatment access.
- Addictions Law and Policy Services, Surveillance, and Community Resilience Project. PI: Silverman, Ross. Funded by Indiana University Grand Challenges. $500,000. May 2018-May 2022 (Note: This grant subcontract is awaiting signature by the UCF legal department.)
Role: Coinvestigator. Local Principal Investigator at UCF (subcontract), May 2019-September 2020 (5% FTE; $ 7,909; Project credit split at UCF 100%)
Dr. Andraka-Christou is the co-principal investigator, with Dr. Shana Harris, of an internal UCF grant exploring barriers and facilitators to student utilization of substance use disorder services on campus.
- AECR: Understanding UCF Student Barriers to Substance Use Disorder Treatment. PI: Harris, Shana. Funded by UCF VPR Advancement of Early Career Researchers (AECR) 2018-2019 $4105.44. May 2019 – May 2020.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator, May 2019 – May 2020 (Project credit split at UCF 50%)