Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative

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Cynthia Reilly

Director

As director of The Pew Charitable Trusts' substance use prevention and treatment initiative, Cynthia Reilly works on federal and state initiatives to reduce the inappropriate use of prescription opioids while ensuring that patients have access to effective pain management. She also focuses on expanding access to effective treatment for substance use disorders through increased use of medication-assisted treatment.

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Alexandra Duncan

Senior Officer

Alexandra Duncan is a senior officer with Pew's substance use prevention and treatment initiative, which works on federal and state initiatives to reduce the inappropriate use of prescription opioids and increase access to evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders. Before joining Pew, Duncan was a research associate at IMPAQ International LLC, where she supported the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight on issues related to Affordable Care Act compliance with prescription drug and nondiscrimination regulations for high-cost medical conditions, including opioid use disorder, as well as evaluation of health programs. Previously, she was a senior analyst for Abt Associates, working in the division of U.S. health, public health, and epidemiology practice on several projects related to HIV testing and the integration of HIV treatment and substance abuse treatment. Duncan completed postdoctoral training in drug dependence epidemiology at John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health after earning a doctor of public health degree from Columbia University. She also holds a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College.

Kim Smith

Officer

Kim Smith is an officer in the state strategy group supporting Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. She oversees state engagement, legislative strategy, and partnerships for Pew’s work to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices that address the serious and growing public health crisis of opioid use disorder. Before joining Pew, Smith worked in nonprofit advocacy, policy, and management. She previously directed state and federal campaigns and legislative efforts and has worked in direct services as a social worker managing a housing program for homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from American University.

Abby Walsh

Officer

Abby Walsh is an officer with the state strategy group supporting Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. Since 2013, Walsh has worked with policymakers in advancing evidence-based strategies in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance use prevention and treatment. She currently supports states in addressing the opioid epidemic by expanding access to effective treatment. Walsh holds a master of public administration from George Washington University and a bachelor of arts from American University.

Alaina McBournie

Principal Associate

Alaina McBournie is a principal associate with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. She works with states to identify and advance solutions that enhance access to substance use disorder treatment. She also oversees research and engagement on the state and federal level to ensure that programs are in place to facilitate patient access to necessary care. Additionally, she worked on the project’s prevention goals specific to increasing prescriber use of prescription drug monitoring programs. She is co-author of “Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Evidence-Based Practices to Optimize Prescriber Use,” which Pew released in December 2016 in conjunction with Brandeis University. Before coming to Pew, she was a journalist, and she holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.

Sheri Doyle

Senior Associate

Sheri Doyle is a senior associate with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. She works on initiatives to reduce the inappropriate use of prescription drugs and advance federal and state reforms that expand access to effective treatment for alcohol and opioid use disorders. In this role, Doyle researches evidence-based practices that support improving state prescription drug monitoring programs while also researching strategies to improve the safety of prescribing methadone as a treatment for chronic pain. Additionally, she leads state-level work that addresses challenges with access to medication-assisted treatment. Before joining Pew, Doyle worked for the National Association of County and City Health Officials, where she provided technical assistance to local health departments on injury and violence prevention topics. She received a bachelor’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a master of public health in behavioral sciences and health education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Andrew Whitacre

Senior Associate

Andrew Whitacre is a senior associate with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. He is part of a policy team that partners with states to advance reforms that expand access to effective treatment for opioid use disorders. He also contributes to Pew’s substance use disorder research and helps develop publications that respond to state needs. Before coming to Pew, he worked on building healthier counties at the National Association of Counties and supporting state leaders on substance use disorders at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. He holds a master’s degree in American government from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware.

Glenn Wright

Senior Associate

Glenn Wright is a senior associate in the state strategy group supporting Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. He oversees state engagement, legislative strategy, and partnerships for Pew’s work to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices that address the serious and growing public health crisis of opioid use disorder. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bethany College in West Virginia and a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University.

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Megan Meline

Manager, Communications

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