Lindsey Smith is a Research Associate with the Cutler Institute. She has extensive research and clinical expertise in the area of physical and behavioral health, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations and substance use disorders. Most of Lindsey’s research and evaluation work has focused on macro-level issues and has been designed to help systems reduce illness burden as well as healthcare utilization and costs. Much of her recent evaluation work has explored and evaluated models of integrated care and understanding mechanisms of practice transformation during quality improvement or program implementation. She also has extensive research and clinical experience in the area of substance use disorders (SUD) and behavioral health with a specific emphasis on SUD in older adults. Lindsey has extensive experience designing and managing program evaluations at the state and federal levels. Her education and training has focused on a mixed-methods approach using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her expertise includes process and outcome evaluations, survey methodology, program monitoring, secondary data analysis, multivariate analysis, and psychometrics. Lindsey’s current research portfolio includes evaluating the integration of a dementia screening into primary care practice; monitoring the implementation of Maine’s health homes program; evaluating training for primary care providers on the integration of screening for substance use disorders in primary care settings; and identifying enhancements to Maine’s model for projecting long-term care expenditures and use.
Lindsey earned a BA degree in Criminology with a minor in Social Welfare Policy from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2000. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she worked at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), Center for Applied Research and Analysis at UNM, where she worked on a variety of projects aimed at evaluating substance abuse and criminal justice programs including the National Institute of Justice Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Project, a statewide evaluation of juvenile drug courts, and an evaluation of New Mexico drunk driving initiatives. In 2002, she left ISR to pursue her graduate education at the University of Pittsburgh were she received a master’s (2004) and doctorate (2009) in Social Work with a specialization in Gerontology. As a result of her work on substance use disorders among geriatric populations, Lindsey was awarded the John A. Hartford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (2007 – 2009) administered by the Gerontological Society of America. Lindsey’s doctoral thesis examined the effects of the concurrent use of alcohol and medications on the physical and mental health of community-dwelling older adults. After receiving her doctorate, Lindsey was an Advanced Fellow in Mental Health Research at the Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, where she focused on research with older veterans with comorbid substance abuse disorders. She received additional post-doctoral training in health services research as a fellow at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.