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Lewis Receives National Institute on Drug Abuse Mentor-Facilitated Training Award

January 26, 2024

Victoria Lewis, MD, MSW, MPP, clinical fellow in the Albert J. Solnit Yale School of Medicine Integrated Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Research Training Program, has received a National Institute on Drug Abuse Mentor-Facilitated Training Award.

The award is granted in partnership with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP). Lewis will be mentored by Srinivas Muvvala, MD, MPH, associate professor of psychiatry and associate program director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency.

The award supports the development of expertise in substance use disorder (SUD), especially opioid use disorder (OUD), through the completion of a mentor-supervised project focused on adoption and/or dissemination of SUD treatment research and the publication of the results. Eligible clinicians include early career psychiatrists and addiction psychiatrists, including residents, addiction psychiatry fellows, and psychiatrists.

The title of Lewis’ project is “Addressing Substance Use Disorder Treatment Disparities in LGBTQ+ Youth Through the Development of a Novel Curriculum for Physicians in Psychiatry and Pediatrics.” The goal of the project is to increase knowledge among Yale psychiatry and pediatric physicians about LGBTQ+ youth substance use, disparities in substance use disorder treatment access, and inclusive intervention strategies.

Lewis hopes to achieve this by evaluating existing substance use disorder curricula and developing a novel curriculum focused on the needs of LGBTQ+ youth that will be distributed in educational seminars.

Submitted by Christopher Gardner on January 26, 2024