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Anjalee Sharma

Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate Research Assistant

Anjalee Sharma


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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Anjalee Sharma is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work. Sharma completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at two Maryland institutions; University of Maryland, College Park, where she obtained degrees in psychology and women’s studies; and University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she obtained her master’s in social work.

Since arriving at UNC-Chapel Hill, Sharma has worked with several faculty and is currently working with Dr. Trenette Clark Goings on an intervention to study and prevent substance use among adolescents. Sharma’s research interests include medication initiation and intervention for opioid use disorder in correctional settings, understanding and evolving treatment modalities for people with substance use disorders, and continuity of care for people who seek substance use treatment from incarceration to community settings.

Sharma’s interests in quantitative methods include longitudinal data analysis, causal inference, and assessing measurement invariance of existing measures used in clinical and research settings.

Degrees and Licenses


Research and Professional Interests

Substance Use
Criminal Justice
Continuity of Care
Causal Inference
Quantitative Methods

Other Projects


Recent Publications

Zerden, L. D. S., Lombardi, B. M., Sharma, A., & Richman, E. (2020). Interprofessional teams and the office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) workforce. Health, Interprofessional Practice and Education.

Schwartz, R. P., Kelly, S. M., Mitchell, S. G., O’Grady, K. E., Sharma, A., & Jaffe, J.H. (2019). Methadone treatment of arrestees: A randomized clinical trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Sharma, A., Kelly, S. M., Mitchell, S. G., Gryczynski, J., O’Grady, K. E., & Schwartz, R. P. (2017). Update on barriers to pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorders. Current Psychiatry Reports, 19(6), 35.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Sharma, A., Lee, J., Monico, L., Dusek, K.., McDonald, R., Malone, M., DeVeaugh-Geiss, A., Chilcoat, H., Gryczynski, J. Associations of diverted buprenorphine use and participant characteristics in community and incarceration settings. Late-Breaking Oral Communication (AS) at the College on Problem Drug Dependence (CPDD) virtual talk (COVID-19 precaution), June 2020

Sharma, A., Zerden, L. D. S., Guan, T., Lombardi, B. M., Richman, E. (2019). Office Based Opioid Treatment-The Workforce to Treat Opioid Use Disorder. Poster Presentation (AS) at the North Carolina Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit, Raleigh, NC, June 2019

Sharma, A., Dusek, K., Mitchell, S.G., Schwartz, R.P., O’Grady, K., Nordeck, C.N., Gryczynski, J. (2019). Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing among adolescents with risky substance use in school-based health centers (SBHCs): Association with participant characteristics, risk behavior frequency, and type of brief intervention (BI). Poster presentation (AS) at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference (AHSR) Park City, Utah, October, 2019.