About Beth Meyerson, MDiv., PhD
Dr. Beth Meyerson is a Research Professor at the Southwest Institute for Research on Women at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the faculty in 2019, Meyerson was an Associate Professor with tenure at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, and was (in 2018) named Bicentennial Professor to recognize her community-engagement in teaching and research.
Dr. Meyerson also holds a courtesy appointment with Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine, and she is affiliate faculty with the UArizona Institute for LGBT Studies. She mentors students and faculty across UArizona to strengthen policy and systems research in harm reduction and sexual health with a community-based participatory and action research orientation.
Dr. Meyerson is a self-described “pracademic” with over three decades of public health practice and research experience, typified by roles as president of a policy research consultancy focused on HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, with an international portfolio, and as the state AIDS/STD Director for Missouri. Most of her research is interdisciplinary, combining policy and organizational science with behavioral and clinical outcomes research. Dr. Meyerson’s research interests include public health policy and systems to advance population health with focus on sexual health and harm reduction. Her research is oriented as translational to program and policy through the application of implementation science and community-based participatory research. Beth's systems research includes the identification of need and opportunities for system expansion to improve access to sexual health and harm reduction services.
Dr. Meyerson has published over 60 articles, books or book chapters. A link to Dr. Meyerson's work is here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/beth.meyerson.1/bibliography/public/
RECENTLY FUNDED RESEARCH
ASAP: Access to Syringes at Pharmacies for the Prevention of Blood Borne Infections among People who Inject Drugs (NIDA: R03DA053252). Key papers grounding this research in Arizona include pharmacy-based syringe purchase experiences 5 Arizona counties, healthcare experiences by people who use drugs in Maricopa County, and (forthcoming) harm reduction behaviors among Arizona pharmacists.
Normalizing Access to Buprenorphine and Methadone in Arizona. (Vitalyst Foundation, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE), SBSRI). This study examines Arizona methadone and buprenorphine provider implementation of COVID-related policies to increase buprenorphine and methadone access and the impact of policy implementation on patient health. This study also develops and evaluates a civic-engagement intervention to test evidence-based policy communications using evidence emerging from this study. Key papers grounding this research include workforce development for evidence-based policy communication, hybrid survey methods to engage clinicians, and institutional barriers to HIV testing identified through a secret shopper method. Read more about this study here.
RECENT CONVERSATIONS IN THE MEDIA
Interview with Megan McNeil, KOLD News 13. National Policy Makes it Easier to Prescribe Opioid Treatment. April 29, 2021. https://www.kold.com/2021/04/29/national-policy-makes-it-easier-prescribe-opioid-treatment/
Interview with Bailey O’Carroll, KOLD News 13. Revolutionary opioid addiction treatment could be on the horizon. March 24, 2021. https://www.kold.com/2021/03/25/revolutionary-opioid-addiction-treatment-could-be-horizon/
Meyerson BE, Russell D. It’s time to normalize methadone treatment. December 23, 2020 Arizona Capitol Times. [online]: https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2020/12/23/its-time-to-normalize-methadone-treatment/
Interview with Kate Murphy, New York Times about Public Health Advisors and my 2008 book Ready to Go: History and Contributions of U.S. Public Health Advisors. “Contract Tracing is Harder Than it Sounds,” May 23, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/sunday-review/coronavirus-contact-tracing.htm
PhD, Public Policy Analysis and Administration, Saint Louis University
MDiv., Liberation Theology, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis
BA, Women's Studies and Liberation Theology, University of Michigan