James Lister


Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor


(313) 577-4408


Jamey J. Lister has been an assistant professor at WSU School of Social Work since 2015. Dr. Lister's interdisciplinary research focuses on improving access to high-quality treatments for people with opioid use disorder [OUD]. His projects examine psychosocial and clinical factors that influence OUD treatment across socio-economically disadvantaged rural and urban communities. Collectively, he aims to create translatable knowledge that aids in the development and implementation of innovative approaches to address OUD treatment access disparities.

The U.S. Fulbright Program and Wayne State University initiatives have supported Dr. Lister's investigator-initiated studies. He is also part of the evaluation team on the State of Michigan Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant funded by SAMHSA. Jamey is adjunct faculty at WSU School of Medicine, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship. He earned his PhD from Rutgers University and collected his dissertation data at Carleton University in Canada. Dr. Lister's dissertation was the recipient of the National Council on Problem Gambling's annual award. Peer-reviewed journals in the fields of addiction, social work, and psychiatry have published his research.

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Degrees and Certifications

• Postdoctoral – Wayne State University
• PhD – Rutgers University
• MSW – University of Michigan

Teaching Interests

• Diagnostic assessment; substance use and addiction treatment; research methods; statistics

Research Project

Psychosocial and Treatment Factors among People with OUD in Urban and Rural Communities of Michigan

Dr. Lister is leading two research studies investigating psychosocial factors among persons in OUD treatment in urban and rural communities. These studies include patients in treatment at an urban methadone clinic (with collaboration from WSU School of Medicine), and multiple stakeholders dealing with OUD in rural communities of Michigan.

Problem and Disordered Gambling: Characteristics and Treatment Recommendations

Dr. Lister conducts research and provides workshops related to problem and disordered gambling disorder across psychosocial and bio-behavioral domains. He is a collaborator on a pilot study investigating a new bio-behavioral treatment for people with gambling disorder.

Office Location

5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 053

Grand Challenges Project

Technology-based Treatments for Alcohol Use Disorders
Lister, Associate Professor Stella Resko and Assistant Professor Suzanne Brown are part of a team studying the considerable opportunities for leveraging technology in the delivery of evidence-based intervention and prevention services to address alcohol misuse. With colleagues from Wayne State’s Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development and the University of Michigan, they are promoting information and communication technologies that include web-based tools, interventions on mobile devices, online counseling and support groups, gaming, and text messaging support, as well as computerized feedback on alcohol use during therapist-delivered interventions. Their work was presented in a special issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions focused on the alcohol misuse Grand Challenge. Learn more

Heroin Abuse Recovery
With university funding, Assistant Professor Jamey Lister and colleagues from the Wayne State School of Medicine are surveying new patients recently admitted to methadone treatment at Wayne State’s Tolan Park Research Clinic. The study examines a variety of individual, relational, and community-level risk and protective factors that may influence treatment success. Identifying links between treatment outcomes and psychosocial factors — which could include social support, motivation to change, access to health care and transportation, and co-occurring mental health conditions or trauma histories — might lead to more targeted treatment approaches. Learn more

Lister also oversees student research regarding methadone treatment. He was a faculty mentor for a B.S.W. student’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program fellowship and oversaw another B.S.W. student’s successful conference abstract submission to a leading minority health research conference regarding race and ethnic differences in injection status among patients in methadone treatment.

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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