The JEAP Initiative – Justice-Involved and Emerging Adults Populations Initiative

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

The ultimate goal of this Initiative (NIDA #R24DA051950) is rapid advancement of the recovery support services field for persons affected by opioid and polysubstance use disorders.

Project Overview

The JEAP Initiative will advance research on the efficacy and effectiveness of peer recovery supports and recovery residences for public system-involved emerging adults and justice-involved adults with opioid use disorders and medication assisted treatment experience through these main goals: (1) identify priority areas of research via engaging individuals in recovery and providers/payors, (2) grow the field of skilled early career investigators focused on this research, (3) provide seed funds and guidance to produce preliminary studies for NIH funding, and (4) conduct dissemination and outreach to the larger field. With these aims, the Initiative is poised to be a catalyst that provokes rapid expansion in the number of skilled investigators and high-quality research tackling this critical public health issue. This Initiative is a partnership between advanced researchers, persons with lived experience from the target high-risk populations (i.e., persons in recovery from substance use and/or formerly justice-involved), providers, and payors. Co-investigators on this project from outside OSLC include Paul Solomon from Sponsors, Inc. and Dr. Maryann Davis from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Year Project Began: 2020
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Principal Investigator

Ashli J. Sheidow, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Sheidow researches treatments for mental health and substance use problems in adolescents and emerging adults, particularly those who have co-occurring problems or are justice-involved. She’s also focused on effective dissemination of evidence-based practices, in particular through improving training and support for community-based providers.

Dr. Sheidow’s research interests have focused broadly on the development, prevention, and treatment of adolescent and young adult psychopathology and delinquency from an ecological perspective, with concentrations in co-occurring disorders, effective dissemination of evidence-based practices, and advanced quantitative methods. Her work, funded primarily by NIDA and NIMH, has included intervention development and evaluation projects, as well as dissemination and implementation research. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse and the Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research, and has led programming for national conferences on adolescent substance abuse research.