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Barbara Andraka-Christou, Ph.D., J.D., B.A.

Assistant Professor

Health Management and Informatics

Assistant Professor (Secondary Joint Appointment), College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

Office: DPAC Suite 401

Phone: 407-823-5174


Professional Summary

Barbara Andraka-Christou is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics with a joint secondary appointment in the College of Medicine at UCF. 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.

Office Hours

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

Research Areas

  • Health services
  • Health policy
  • Substance use disorder prevention and treatment

Research Method Expertise

  • Mixed methods research
  • Legal analysis
  • Policy surveillance
  • Qualitative research
  • Program evaluation

Current Research Topics

  • Implementation of evidence-based SUD services in the court system
  • State policies for preventing opioid overdoses
  • State policies for improving access to medications for opioid use disorder
  • Operationalization of person-centered care in SUD treatment
  • SUD treatment barriers and facilitators for college students
  • Implementation of harm reduction programs
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