Social Research Center

Research Staff

Courtney Nordek

Courtney Nordeck
Research Associate

Degree: B.A., Psychology, New York University
Phone: 410-837-3977 ext. 261
Fax: 410-752-4218

Research Interests

Ms. Nordeck, a Baltimore native, completed her Bachelors of Arts degree at New York University, majoring in Psychology. After graduating from NYU, she first became involved in substance abuse research at the University of Pennsylvania while participating in a summer internship funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Ms. Nordeck is currently working as the Project Manager on the NIDA-funded project “Navigation Services to Avoid Rehospitalization,” or NavSTAR. This randomized controlled trial will examine proactive Patient Navigation services after hospital discharge for medical/surgical patients with comorbid substance use disorders. This study could identify an effective approach for promoting addiction treatment entry and reducing preventable hospital readmissions and costs in a group of high-risk patients. Prior to joining the NavSTAR project, Ms. Nordeck worked on the CTN 0059 study to develop and test a new substance use screening instrument in primary care settings. Ms. Nordeck’s primary research goals include studying addiction in underserved populations in order to alleviate problems and improve prognosis.

Selected Publications

Gryczynski J., McNeely, J., Wu, L.T., Subramaniam, G., Svikis, D., Cathers, L., Sharma, G., King, J., Jelstrom, E., Nordeck, C.D., Sharma, A., Mitchell, S., O'Grady, K.E., Schwartz, R.P. (2017). Validation of the TAPS-1: A four-item screening tool to identify unhealthy substance use in primary care. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 32(9), 990-996.

Gryczynski J., Nordeck, C.D., Mitchell, S.G., Page, K., Johnsen, L., O'Grady, K.E., Schwartz, R.P. (2017). Pilot Studies of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Prevalence and SUD Treatment Linkage at Urban Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinics. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 11(5), 350-356.

Schwartz R.P., McNeely J., Wu L.T., Sharma G., Wahle A., Cushing C., Nordeck C.D., Sharma A., O'Grady K.E., Gryczynski J., Mitchell S.G., Ali R.L., Marsden J., Subramaniam G.A.. (2017). Identifying substance misuse in primary care: TAPS Tool compared to the WHO ASSIST. Journal on Substance Abuse Treatment, 76, 69-76.

McNeely, J., Wu, L. T., Subramaniam, G., Sharma, G., Cathers, L. A., Svikis, D., Sleiter, L., Russell, L., Nordeck C.D., Sharma, A., O'Grady, K. E., Bouk, L.B., Cushing, C., King, J., Wahle, A., & Schwartz, R.P. (2016). Performance of the Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription Medication, and Other Substance Use (TAPS) Tool for Substance Use Screening in Primary Care. Annals of Internal Medicine165(10), 690-699.

Gryczynski, J., Nordeck, C.D., Mitchell, S. G., O'Grady, K. E., McNeely, J., Wu, L. T., & Schwartz, R. P. (2015). Reference periods in retrospective behavioral self‐report: A qualitative investigation. The American Journal on Addictions24(8), 744-747.

Peters, E. N., Nordeck, C.D., Zanetti, G., O'Grady, K. E., Serpelloni, G., Rimondo, C., ... & Schwartz, R. P. (2015). Relationship of gambling with tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use among adolescents in the USA: Review of the literature 2000–2014. The American Journal on Addictions24(3), 206-216.