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Manuella Adrian

Manuella Adrian


Manuella Adrian is a scientist, public health researcher, writer, lecturer, academician, manager, and educator. Her main research interests include addiction, substance use and misuse (alcohol, drugs both legal and illegal, prescription psychoactive drugs, tobacco), population health, epidemiology, health economics, health care management and delivery, costs, cost benefit / cost effectiveness analyses, needs based planning, evaluation and outcome studies of health care and public health initiatives, estimates of market size and post-marketing surveillance of pharmaceuticals, measuring quality of life, studies of special populations (women, youth, elderly, Natives), research methods (quantitative and qualitative), the construction of social, economic and health indicators, statistics and the visual display of information, public information and communication, and issues of governance and socio-cultural and physical environmental context, and is currently interested in translational research not only “from bench to bedside” but from medical education to international service delivery.

She has held appointments or cross-appointments with Kansas Health Institute, Addiction Research Foundation, Health and Welfare Canada, Florida International University,  Nova Southeastern University, University of Guelph, University of Kansas among others.  She has been a faculty member of the Middle Eastern  Summer Institute on Drug Use (MESIDU) and of the Middle Eastern- Mediterranean Summer Institute on Drug Use (MEMSIDU).  She has been a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO, Geneva), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO, Washington D.C.), and the Organization for the Control of Endemic Diseases in Africa (Central African Republic).

She has authored or co-authored more than 250 professional publications including articles in Social Science and Medicine, Medical Care, Journal of Applied Economics, Journal of Public Health Policy, American Journal of Health Promotion, American Journal of Drugs and Alcohol, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Canadian Journal of Public Health, British Journal of Addictions, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Drug Use and Misuse, International Journal of Addictions, American Statistician;   a score of books and monographs, as well as newspaper articles and video-scripts.

Her most recent publications include: Manuella Adrian (2015)  “What the History of Drugs Can Teach Us About the Current Cannabis Legalization Process: Unfinished Business.”  Substance Use and Misuse  09/2015; 50(8-9):990-1004. DOI:10.3109/10826084.2015.1013725; Manuella Adrian (2015)  “What Was Bad Is Now Good, and What Was Good Is Now Bad: Changes in Our Views and Images of Addiction and Addicts.”   Substance Use and Misuse. 01/2015; 50(4). DOI:10.3109/10826084.2015.977709·