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Center of Excellence Personnel

 Sara Warfield, Ph.D., MPH

VA Appointment: Investigator
Research Affiliate: Department of Pediatrics and Administration in the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Peoria

Sara Warfield, Ph.D. MPH

Contact Info
(304) 282-5462


Research Interests

My research interests and experience are focused on using epidemiologic methods with large population-based and health services datasets. Over the past several years, I have worked to build an expertise in psychiatric epidemiology. I have utilized national electronic medical records to examine the intersection of substance use, suicide risk and rehabilitation among highly vulnerable populations, including Veterans utilizing VHA services.

In previous research studies, I have analyzed complex datasets (i.e. prescription drug monitoring databases) to elucidate opioid overdose indicators. I have experience analyzing data from population-based surveys as well as electronic medical records, and published on the effects of population health interventions on behavior change (i.e. treatment seeking) among Veterans.

Current Funding

10/20-04/22 VA HSR&D The use of VA public messaging to minimize risk for suicide among recently transitioned Veterans not using VHA care Co-I
10/19-04/21 West Virginia Medicaid Medicaid Opioid Use Disorder Treatments, Outcomes and Recovery (MOTOR) Study: Phase II Co-I

Past Funding

04/19-10/19 West Virginia Medicaid Medicaid Opioid Use Disorder Treatments, Outcomes and Recovery (MOTOR) Study: Phase II Co-I
8/17-07/19 CDC Injury Control Research Center Co-I
6/13-04/18  National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Diversity-promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Program (DIDARP): Inter-professional Communication for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention in Appalachia  Affiliated Investigator