James Lister


Faculty Profile

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Description


Jamey J. Lister joined the faculty of Wayne State University School of Social Work in 2015 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Lister is also part-time faculty at WSU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, where he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Substance Abuse Research Division. Dr. Lister's research has been supported by the U.S. Student Fulbright Program (Fulbright Canada), a WSU University Research Grant, and recognized by a NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award. Prior to coming to Detroit, Jamey completed his doctoral studies at Rutgers University School of Social Work in the Center for Gambling Studies and collected his dissertation data at Carleton University in Ottawa. Dr. Lister's dissertation was the recipient of the National Council on Problem Gambling's annual award. His research has been published in journals in the fields of addiction, psychiatry, and social work.

Dr. Lister’s recent and current research aims are to better understand the interrelation of addiction, mental health, and psychosocial factors primarily among people living in impoverished settings, and ultimately, to promote social justice by improving current standards of care for people afflicted with these complex problems.

Research Project
Psychosocial Characteristic Predictors of Treatment Outcomes Among Patients in an Urban Methadone Maintenance Clinic

Dr. Lister and his collaborators have partnered with Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Tolan Park Research Clinic to better understand the influence of psychosocial factors to methadone maintenance treatment outcomes (i.e., remaining in treatment for longer). Patients in MMT represent a vulnerable population, typically afflicted with chronic and severe addiction histories, and multiple psychosocial hardships (e.g., poverty, trauma histories, blood-borne illnesses). This project is supported by a WSU Office of the Provost University Research Grant.

Well-Being and Help-Seeking Behaviors among Clinical Social Workers

A team of mental health researchers/providers at WSU Social Work and WSU Psychiatry are examining rates of mental health problems and help-seeking behavior among clinical social workers. Preliminary research suggests that clinical social workers may be especially vulnerable to mental health problems.

Problem and Disordered Gambling: Characteristics and Recommendations of Improving Treatment

Across a number of studies and research teams in the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Lister is conducting research and providing workshops related to characteristics and correlates of problem/disordered gambling. His research addresses psychological and motivational differences among problem gamblers with co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders. These findings are being used to improve existing treatment and responsible gambling approaches for this understudied addiction.

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