Faculty

Michele Easter

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Social and Community Psychiatry
School of Medicine

905 West Main Street, DUMC Box 3071, Durham, NC 27710

DUMC 3071, Durham, NC 27710

(919) 385-0862 michele.easter@duke.edu

At the Services Effectiveness Research Program, I am a co-investigator, analyst, and manager for projects on mental health/substance use services and policy research. Our group conducts longitudinal studies of criminal justice outcomes and crisis-driven service utilization to assess the effects of policies (e.g., mental health-based firearms disqualification) and services (e.g., medication-assisted treatment for substance dependence). We also collaborate with community partners to study and promote the use of psychiatric advance directives. My research interests center on the conceptualization of illness and recovery by people with behavioral disorders, specifically the extent to which they endorse and identify with biologically-based explanatory models. My dissertation was on how women with eating disorders understand and interpret the idea that genes play a role in eating disorders.


Education & Training

Ph.D. 2010

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Grants

Juvenile Delinquency and Adult Gun Sales: Comparative effectiveness of different minimum age standards for firearm purchase by adults with youthful crime records in North Carolina, Florida, and Virgin

New Venture Fund

Juvenile Delinquency and Adult Gun Sales: Comparative effectiveness of different minimum age standards for firearm purchase by adults with youthful crime records in North Carolina, Florida, and Virgin

A feasibility study for testing the effects of extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol) on recidivism and other participant outcomes in drug court settings

Implementing Psychiatric Advance Directives with Peer Specialist Facilitators

Department of Health and Human Services
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Publications

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol-Dependent Adults With Serious Mental Illness and Criminal Justice Involvement: Effects on Treatment Utilization and Outcomes.

PMID 29961358
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Informing Federal Policy on Firearm Restrictions for Veterans with Fiduciaries: Risk Indicators in the Post-Deployment Mental Health Study.

PMID 29797151
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Associations between pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence and clinical and criminal justice outcomes among adults with co-occurring serious mental illness.

PMID 29415846
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Facilitation of Psychiatric Advance Directives by Peers and Clinicians on Assertive Community Treatment Teams.

PMID 28366114
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Implementation and effectiveness of connecticut's risk-based gun removal law: Does it prevent suicides?

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Gun Violence, Mental Illness, And Laws That Prohibit Gun Possession: Evidence From Two Florida Counties.

PMID 27269024
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Influence of Criminal Justice Involvement and Psychiatric Diagnoses on Treatment Costs Among Adults With Serious Mental Illness.

PMID 25975893
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Interpreting genetics in the context of eating disorders: evidence of disease, not diversity.

PMID 24286479
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"Not all my fault": genetics, stigma, and personal responsibility for women with eating disorders.

PMID 22819736
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"That's a good question": university researchers' views on ownership and retention of human genetic specimens.

PMID 21659952
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Freedom in speech: Freedom and liberty in U.S. presidential campaign discourse, 1952-2004

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Clinical trials and medical care: defining the therapeutic misconception.

PMID 18044980
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"Una mujer trabaja doble aqui": Vignette-based focus groups on stress and work for Latina blue-collar women in eastern North Carolina.

PMID 16885510
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The many meanings of care in clinical research.

PMID 17184413
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Therapeutic misconception in early phase gene transfer trials.

PMID 16000230
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Consent forms and the therapeutic misconception: the example of gene transfer research.

PMID 15835063
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Uncertain benefit: investigators' views and communications in early phase gene transfer trials.

PMID 15294169
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Confidentiality: more than a linkage file and a locked drawer.

PMID 15069972
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