Research and Scholarship

Research Spotlight

Congratulations to Associate Professor Donna M. Kazemi, PhD, MSN, RN, who recently received three new Research Awards!​

Dr. Kazemi is a faculty member in the College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her program of clinical and applied research has focused on addictive behaviors among populations at high risk such as young adults, college students, military personnel, and underserved ethnic minority populations. She specializes in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse among these vulnerable populations, and her multifaceted, integrated approach addresses the individual, as well as the community, to impact high risk addictive behaviors. She has authored a number of studies on the use of multiple strategies to prevent substance abuse, and is the principal investigator on grants totaling over 3 M dollars. 

Dr. Kazemi first served as Director and Principal Investigator on a five-year $1.2 million SAMHSA-funded project which laid the groundwork for her current research program by developing interventions to prevent substance abuse among young adults. She was recently awarded three grants, including two R21s from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), and a Department of Defense (DOD) award.  

The DOD project was developed with colleagues from Fort Bragg Womack Medical Center, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Brown School of Public Health, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The research team will introduce and test a novel and potentially powerful sexual assault preventive intervention tailored to the needs of male Soldiers. The long-term goal of the proposed work is to prevent military sexual assault. Findings from this project will lay the groundwork for a larger clinical trial of the Sexual Assault prevention program in multiple military base settings. 

The R21 awards use innovative technological approaches to harness the social media networks used today by young adults to develop interventions to prevent substance abuse. The NIH R21, titled, “Using Social Media to Understand and Address Substance Use and Addiction,” is designed to develop customized data mining techniques to identify emerging patterns of substance use. The AHRQ-funded R21 project, titled, “mHealth Delivery of a Motivational Intervention to Address Heavy Drinking among College students,” is a project that she developed with colleagues from UNC Charlotte and Brown University.  This project will use Smartphone delivery of a motivational intervention to prevent alcohol misuse among college students. Findings from both R21 projects will have significant implications for public health service delivery, and particularly for the future design of preventive health IT interventions.