Research Scientists

Sharon M. Kelly

Sharon M. Kelly
Research Scientist

Degree: Ph.D., Sociology: Justice, American University
Phone: 410-837-3977 ext. 273
Fax: 410-752-4218
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Research Interests

Dr. Kelly's research experience has focused on investigating ways of improving substance abuse treatment services, implementation, and delivery for opioid-dependent individuals, particularly for adults involved with the criminal justice system. Specifically, her research has explored factors surrounding treatment entry and engagement for individuals in treatment as well as for individuals who are not currently in treatment, gender differences among individuals in and out of treatment, and patient satisfaction as it relates to retention in treatment and decreased drug use and illegal activity. Currently, Dr. Kelly works as Co-Investigator and Project Manager on a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study examining the effectiveness of interim methadone maintenance for heroin-addicted adults entering treatment in Baltimore City. Related to her interest in the welfare of disadvantaged youth, Dr. Kelly serves as a citizen commissioner on the Commission on Juvenile Justice in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Selected Publications

Gryczynski, J., Kelly, S.M., Mitchell, S.G., Kirk, A., O'Grady, K.E., Schwartz, R.P. (2015). Validation and performance of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) among adolescent primary care patients. Addiction. 110(2):240-7.

Schwartz, R.P., Kelly, S.M., Gryczynski, J., Mitchell, S.G., O'Grady, K.E., Jaffe, J.H. (2015). Heroin use, HIV-risk, and criminal behavior in Baltimore: Findings from Clinical Research. J Addict Dis. 34(2-3):151-61. doi: 10.1080/10550887.2015.1059222. PMID: 26079104.

Kelly, S. M., Gryczynski, J., Mitchell, S. G., Kirk, A., O'Grady, K. E., Schwartz, R. P. (2014). Concordance between DSM-5 and DSM-IV nicotine, alcohol, and cannabis use disorder diagnoses among pediatric patients. Drug Alcohol Depend, 140:213-6. PubMed PMID: 24793367; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4070874.

Kelly, S. M., Gryczynski, J., Mitchell, S. G., Kirk, A., O'Grady, K. E., Schwartz, R. P. (2014). Validity of brief screening instrument for adolescent tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. Pediatrics, 133(5):819-26. PubMed PMID: 24753528; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4006430.

Mitchell, S. G., Gryczynski, J., Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Jaffe, J. H., Olsen, Y. K., Schwartz, R. P. (2014). Treatment Outcomes of African American Buprenorphine Patients by Parole and Probation Status. J Drug Issues, 44(1):69-82.PMID:25364037.

Mitchell, S. G., Kelly, S. M., Gryczynski, J., Myers, C. P., O'Grady, K. E., Kirk, A. S., Schwartz, R. P . (2014). The CRAFFT Cut-Points and DSM-5 Criteria for Alcohol and Other Drugs: A Reevaluation and Reexamination. Subst Abus, 35(4):376-80. PubMed PMID: 25036144; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4268117.

Schwartz R. P., Alexandre P. K., Kelly S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Gryczynski, J., Jaffe, J. H. (2014). Interim versus standard methadone treatment: a benefit-cost analysis. J Subst Abuse Treat, 46(3):306-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2013.10.003. Epub 2013 Oct 14.PMID:24239030.

Gryczynski, J., Mitchell, S. G., Jaffe, J.H., Kelly, S. M., Myers, C. P., O'Grady, K. E., Olsen, Y. K., Schwartz, R. P. (2013). Retention in methadone and buprenorphine treatment among African Americans. J Subst Abuse Treat, 45(3):287-92.

Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Jaffe, J. H., Gandhi, D., & Schwartz, R. P. (2013). Improvements in outcomes in methadone patients on probation/parole regardless of counseling early in treatment. J Addict Med, 7(2), 133-138.

Gryczynski, J., Kinlock, T. W., Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Gordon, M. S., & Schwartz, R. P. (2012). Opioid agonist maintenance for probationers: Patient-level predictors of treatment retention, drug use, and crime. Substance Abuse, 33,30-39.

Kelly, S. M., Brown, B. S., Katz, E. C., O’Grady, K. E., Mitchell, S. G., King, S., & Schwartz, R. P. (2012). A comparison of attitudes toward opioid agonist treatment among short-term buprenorphine patients. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 38, 233-238.

Kelly, S. M., Schwartz, R. P., O’Grady, K. E., Gandhi, D., & Jaffe, J. H. (2012). Impact of methadone with v. without drug abuse counseling on HIV risk: 4- and 12-month findings from a clinical trial. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 6(2), 145-152. [PMCID: PMC3322294].

Mitchell, S. G., Kelly, S. M., Brown, B. S., O'Grady, K. E., & Schwartz, R. P. (2012). HIV sex-risk behaviors among in- versus out-of-treatment heroin-addicted adults. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse, 38(4), 328-333.

Mitchell, S. G., Kelly, S. M., Gryczynski, J., Myers, C. P., Jaffe, J. H., O’Grady, K. E., Olson, Y. K., & Schwartz, R. P. (2012). African-American patients seeking treatment in the public sector: Characteristics of buprenorphine v. methadone patients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 122, 55-60. [PMCID: PMC3251709].

Schwartz, R. P., Kelly, S. M., O’Grady, K. E., Gandhi, D., & Jaffe, J. H. (2012). Randomized trial of standard methadone treatment compared to initiating methadone without counseling: 12-month findings. Addiction, 107, 943-952. [PMCID: PMC3319854].

Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Mitchell, S. G., Brown, B. S., & Schwartz, R. P. (2011). Predictors of Methadone Treatment Retention from a Multi-Site Study: A Survival Analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 117(2-3), 170-175. [PMCID: PMC3148301].

Mitchell, S. G., Morioka, R., Reisinger, H. S., Peterson, J. A., Kelly, S. M., Agar, M. H., Brown, B. S., O’Grady, K. E., & Schwartz, R. P. (2011). Redefining retention: Recovery from the patient’s perspective. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 43, 99-107. [PMCID: PMC3160714].

Schwartz, R. P., Kelly, S. M., O’Grady, K. E., Gandhi, D., & Jaffe, J. H. (2011). Interim methadone treatment compared to standard methadone treatment: 4-month findings. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 41, 21-29. [PMCID: PMC3110526].

Schwartz, R. P., Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Mitchell, S. G., & Brown, B. S. (2011). Antecedents and correlates of methadone treatment entry: A comparison of out-of-treatment and in-treatment cohorts. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 115(1-2), 23-29. [PMCID: PMC3059350].

Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Brown, B. S., Mitchell, S. G., & Schwartz, R. P. (2010). The role of patient satisfaction in methadone treatment. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse, 36(3), 150-154. [PMCID: PMC2938880].

Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Schwartz, R. P., Peterson, J. A., Wilson, M. E., & Brown, B. S. (2010). The relationship of social support to treatment entry and engagement: The community assessment inventory. Substance Abuse, 31(1), 43-52 [PMCID: PMC2856126].

Kelly, S. M., Schwartz, R. P., O'Grady, K. E., Mitchell, S. G., Reisinger, H. S., Peterson, J. A., Agar, M. H., & Brown, B. S. (2009). Gender differences among in- and out-of-treatment opioid-addicted individuals. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 35, 38-42.

Mitchell, S. G., Kelly, S. M., Brown, B. S., Reisinger, H. S., Peterson, J. A., Ruhf, A., Agar, M. H., O'Grady, K. E., & Schwartz, R. P. (2009). Uses of diverted methadone and buprenorphine by opioid-addicted individuals in Baltimore, Maryland. The American Journal on Addictions.

Mitchell, S. G., Kelly, S. M., Brown, B. S., Reisinger, H. S., Peterson, J. A., Ruhf, A., Agar, M. H., & Schwartz, R. P. (2009). Incarceration and opioid withdrawal: The experiences of methadone patients and out-of-treatment heroin users. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

Peterson, J. A., Schwartz, R. P., Mitchell, S. G., Reisinger, H. S., Kelly, S. M., O’Grady, K. E., Brown, B. S., & Agar, M. H. (2009). Why don’t out-of-treatment individuals enter methadone treatment programs? International Journal of Drug Policy, 21, 36-42. PMCID: PMC2790538.

Reisinger, H. S., Schwartz, R. P., Mitchell, S. G., Peterson, J. A., Kelly, S. M., O’Grady, K. E., Marrari, E. A., Brown, B. S. & Agar, M. H. (2009). Premature discharge from methadone treatment: Patient perspectives. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

Schwartz, R. P., Jaffe J. H., O’Grady, K. E., Kinlock, T. W., Gordon, M. S., Kelly, S. M., Wilson, M. E., & Ahmed, A. (2009). Interim Methadone Treatment: Impact on Arrests. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 103, 148-154.

Peterson, J. A., Schacht-Reisinger, H., Schwartz, R. P., Mitchell, S. G., Kelly, S. M., Brown, B. S., & Agar, M. H. (2008). Targeted sampling in drug abuse research: A review and case study. Field Methods, 20, 155-170.

Schwartz, R. P., Kelly, S. M., O’Grady, K. E., Mitchell, S. G., Peterson, J. A., Reisinger, H. S., Agar, M. H., & Brown, B. S. (2008). Attitudes toward buprenorphine and methadone among opioid-dependent individuals. The American Journal on Addictions, 17, 396-401.

Schwartz, R. P., Kelly, S. M., O'Grady, K. E., Peterson, J. A., Reisinger, H. S., Mitchell, S. G., Wilson, M. E., Agar, M. H., & Brown, B. S. (2008). In-treatment v. out-of-treatment opioid dependent adults: Drug use and criminal history. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 34, 17-28.