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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
The main objective of this study is to generate preliminary information on campaign-relevant indicators from a cohort of recently transitioned, enlisted Army and Marine Corps Veterans who have not used VHA services in preparation for a future study of the effectiveness of VA campaigns to increase help seeking.
10/19-04/21 West Virginia Medicaid Medicaid Opioid Use Disorder Treatments, Outcomes and Recovery                              (MOTOR) Study: Phase II Co-I
The purpose of this project is to better understand the outcomes associated with different treatment modalities for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the Medicaid population. This project will examine predictors of treatment success and recovery in order to develop precision treatment rules to improve efficacy of OUD treatment.  

Past Funding

04/19-10/19 West Virginia Medicaid Medicaid Opioid Use Disorder Treatments, Outcomes and Recovery (MOTOR) Study: Phase II Co-I
The first phase of the MOTOR study is to develop a robust evaluation plan and survey protocol to examine outcomes associated with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and abstinence-based treatment for OUD among West Virginia Medicaid beneficiaries.  
08/17-07/19 CDC Injury Control Research Center Co-I
The mission of the West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center (WVU ICRC) is to advance the science and practice of injury prevention and control through research, education, outreach and service.  
06/13-04/18 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
The goal of this project is to assess patient-provider communication and evaluate prevention programs focused on reducing prescription drug misuse in Appalachia.