Maxim Polonsky, PhD

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Fellowship site:  UIPHP, Kyiv, Ukraine
Mentoring US institution:  Yale University
Research interest:  Opiod substitution therapy (OST) acceptance and sustainability in Ukraine

Maxim's career goal is to be an independent researcher at the interface of social marketing, consumer psychology, and public health. Maxim received his PhD in Marketing and Consumer Behavior, as well as a complimentary graduate certificate in quantitative research methods in psychology, that reinforces his interdisciplinary orientation. As a PhD candidate he was awarded the School of Business Outstanding PhD Student Scholar Award, a program-wide recognition that is given to one PhD student each year. His research resulted in several publications, national and international conference presentations, and invited lectures.

Maxim will spend his fellowship year at the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy in Kyiv, under the mentorship of Frederick L. Altice, MD, MA. His research will focus on developing and introducing social marketing strategies to reverse the negative attitudes about opioid substitution therapy (OST), and educe behavioral change towards OST acceptance and sustainability for Ukrainian providers and patients alike.