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Miriam Boeri, Ph.D, Ethnographer

Boeri’s research on individuals who have problems due to drug use focuses on their social environments. By examining the intersection of socio-economic status, race, gender, and social capital over the life course, Boeri aims to reduce the adverse health effects associated with drug use and the harmful social impact of current drug policy. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, her current research on opioid use collects life stories from people who are misusing prescription opiates and/or heroin to better understand the complex influences on their use trajectories. Her findings emphasize the concept of “social recovery” to complement conventional drug treatment practices. Committed to including the voices of the marginalized and disenfranchised, Boeri is a strong advocate of harm reduction initiatives and served on the board of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. She currently is a board member of the Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS), and the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology.

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