Date of Submission

2023

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Department

Psychology

Department Chair

Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Michelle Lent, PhD

Second Advisor

Suzie Panichelli Mindel, PhD

Third Advisor

Jeanette Bowles, drPH

Abstract

The present study utilized a mix methods approach to examine the relationship between professional role, years of experience, and support for harm reduction strategies to treat Opioid Use Disorder. There were 84 participants who completed the online survey. The survey included both quantitative and qualitative questions about their professional role, years of experience, age, use of cognitive behavioral therapy for opioid use disorder, and support for harm reduction strategies. There was no significant association among years of experience and support for harm reduction strategies (including safe injection sites). Additionally, there were no significant findings among age and support for harm reduction strategies (including safe injection sites). The qualitative data revealed both positive (i.e. facilitates treatment, new needles/harm reduction, disease prevention, etc.) and negative themes (i.e. enables drug use, access to drugs, effects on the community, etc.) about safe injection sites. Given the nonsignificant findings variety of qualitative responses, further research should be conducted to explore support of harm reduction strategies among mental health professionals.

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