Jamey Lister, PhD (Rutgers University, 2014), is an associate professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work. Dr. Lister’s addictions research focuses on developing treatment recommendations, identifying strategies to reduce treatment barriers, and utilizing research methods that promote health equity. He studies opioid use disorder, other addictions, and comorbid health disorders. Dr. Lister’s community-engaged research targets solutions for underserved rural and urban areas and disadvantaged populations. Having grown up in a rural community that is also a medically underserved area informs his scholarship. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Lister was on the faculty at Wayne State University School of Social Work and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Some of the research led by Dr. Lister has been published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, The Journal of Rural Health, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Addictive Behaviors, Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment, Substance Abuse, Frontiers in Psychiatry, Rural and Remote Health, International Gambling Studies, and Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. His research experience includes being the Co-Director of the Northeast & Caribbean Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA ROTA-R) serving HHS Region 2 and leadership roles on other federally and externally funded projects addressing addiction and health equity; he has received awards from National Institute on Drug Abuse, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the U.S. Fulbright Program; and he engages in service for scientific outlets, healthcare and social work organizations, and academic institutions. Dr. Lister’s publications appear in refereed interdisciplinary journals and these studies applied multiple methods to interpret data from patients, providers, medical records, and public health measures. He teaches and provides recommendations on addiction treatment and health equity for academic, practice, community, and policy audiences.

Courses Taught

  • Case Management in Addictions Practice (19:910:598)
  • HBSE: Understanding Addictive Behaviors (19:910:514)
  • Clinical Social Work II (19:910:512)
  • Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis (19:910:507)
  • Advanced Individual Studies in Social Welfare (19:910:682)

Selected Recent Publications

Selected Recent Publications in Refereed Journals

Lister, J.J., & Joudrey, P.J. (2023). Rural mistrust of public health interventions in the United States: A call for taking the long view to improve adoption. The Journal of Rural Health, 39(1), 18-20. Doi: 10.1111/jrh.12684

Lister, J.J., Ellis, J.D., Struble, C.A., Ledgerwood, D.M., & Greenwald, M.K. (2022). Protective factor predictors of abstinence and retention in patients receiving methadone treatment for opioid use disorder. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-19. Doi: 10.1007/s11469-022-00893-z

Lister, J.J., Lee, G., Ellis, J.D., Pasman, E., Agius, E., & Resko, S.M. (2022). Comorbid affective and substance use disorders of Medicaid/Medicare beneficiaries at an opioid treatment program serving small urban and rural communities. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, 881821, 1-9. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.881821

Lister, J.J., Weaver, A., Ellis, J.D., Himle, J.A., & Ledgerwood, D.M. (2020). A systematic review of rural-specific barriers to medication treatment for opioid use disorder in the United States. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 46(3), 273-288. Doi: 10.1080/00952990.2019.1694536

Lister, H.H. Marcello, S., Lister, J.J., Toto, A.M., Powell, K.G., Peterson, N.A. (2022). Advancing the behavioral health workforce: An innovative integrated care and substance use disorder training model to improve outcomes for people in medically underserved communities. Families, Systems, & Health, 40(4), 586-591. Doi: 10.1037/fsh0000739

Lister, J.J., Yoon, M., Nower, L., Ellis, J.D., & Ledgerwood, D.M. (2022). Subtypes of patients with opioid use disorder in methadone maintenance treatment: A pathways model analysis. International Gambling Studies, 22(2), 300-316. Doi: 10.1080/14459795.2022.2044502

Lister, J.J., Brown, S., Greenwald, M.K., & Ledgerwood, D.M. (2019). Gender-specific predictors of methadone treatment outcomes among African Americans at an urban clinic. Substance Abuse, 40, 185-193. Doi: 10.1080/08897077.2018.1547810

Crowthers, R.A., Arya, M., Venkataraman, A., Lister, J.J., Cooper, S.E., Enich, M., Bender, E., Stevens, S., Sanders, R., Stagliano, K., & Jermyn, R.T. (2022). Impact of an osteopathic peer recovery coaching model on treatment outcomes in high-risk men entering residential treatment for substance use disorders. Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 122(10), 521-529. Doi: 10.1515/jom-2022-0066

Lister, J.J., & Lister, H.H. (2021). Improving methadone access for rural communities in the USA: Lessons learned from COVID-19 adaptations and international models of care. Rural and Remote Health, 21(4), 6770. Doi: 10.22605/RRH6770

Struble, C.A., Lister, J.J., Urbiel, J., Nyaku, A.N., & Arfken, C.L. (2022). Comparisons of injection and non-injection opioid use among Black people in methadone treatment: A pilot in Detroit. Addictive Behaviors, 126, 107182, 1-5. Doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107182

Lister, J.J., Ellis, J.D, & Yoon, M. (2020). Opioid prescribing and opioid-overdose deaths in Michigan: Urban-rural comparisons and changes across 2013-2017. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 11, 100234, 1-8. Doi: 10.1016/j.abrep.2019.100234


Selected Recent Publications in Dissemination Journals:

Lister, J.J. (2019). Practical strategies for social workers to combat the opioid epidemic. ATTC Messenger. Published by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center network, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Available at:

Lister, J., van der Maas, M., & Nower, L. (2020). Shedding light on gambling disorder as an addiction: A guide for practitioners. ATTC Messenger. Published by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center network, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Available at: