AFINet trustees: Alicia Ventura

Name: Alicia Ventura
Location: Boston Medical Center, Grayken Center for Addiction
Occupation: Director of Special Projects and Research, Office Based Addiction Treatment
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City: Boston
Country: USA
Phone: 001-617-414-6914

Interests: I am a public health professional/ addiction researcher and educator who has published on the reciprocal relationship between families and substance use disorders.

Biography: Alicia Ventura, MPH, Director of Special Projects and Research, Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance and Office Based Addiction Treatment, Boston Medical Center, Boston, USA.

Alicia Ventura is the Director of Special Projects and Research for Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) Grayken Center for Addiction, Training, and Technical Assistance Program and BMC’s Office-Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Program. Alicia has over 15 years of experience conducting public health and clinical research. She has focused the last decade of her career exclusively on research, evaluation, and program development related to mitigating the harmful consequences of alcohol and drug use, including the impact on affected family members. Alicia developed a harm-reduction-focused educational program for family members affected by a loved one’s substance use, which she directs and co-facilitates out of Boston Medical Center. Alicia also currently provides training and technical assistance for healthcare organizations on improving the integration of the family into routine addiction treatment. She serves as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, and Project Director for numerous addiction studies and program evaluations. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a qualitative study looking at the experience of affected family members and their interactions with the healthcare and addiction treatment systems; she I also a Co-Investigator on a mixed-methods study examining the attitudes toward and experiences of addiction treatment providers as related to interacting with AFMs. Alicia has lectured on the reciprocal relationship between affected family members and their loved ones with addiction for local, national, and international audiences.

She has published on various topics, including reproductive health, HIV, alcohol, and drug use, and family members impacted by substance use. A list of publications can be found here.

Alicia received her Master's in Community Public Health from New York University.

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