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Orrin Ware

Assistant Professor

Orrin Ware, Assistant Professor


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building


325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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Orrin D. Ware, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, he completed a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit.

Dr. Ware’s research examines adult substance use disorder treatment, especially among those with co-occurring mental health disorders. He is interested in the whole gambit of substance use disorder treatment, from reducing barriers to treatment entry to improving outcomes for individuals after they are discharged from treatment. To answer his research questions, Dr. Ware uses large publicly available datasets, electronic medical records, and data captured by primary data collection. Dr. Ware uses his interdisciplinary background as an applied public health researcher and licensed clinical social worker to inform his research agenda.

Dr. Ware’s work has been published in several interdisciplinary journals, including Community Mental Health Journal, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Journal of Social Work, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Ware is currently an Early Career reviewer for the Journal of the Society for Social Work.

Degrees and Licenses

Ph.D., University of Maryland
MSW, University of Maryland
MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham
BA, Howard University

Primary Program

MSW Program


LCSW-C (Maryland)

Research and Professional Interests

Substance Use Disorders
Mental Health Disorders
Co-occurring Disorders
Crisis Intervention

Recent Publications

Huffman, M., Cloeren, M., Ware, O. D., Frey, J. J., Greenblatt, A. D., Mosby, A., Oliver, M.,Imboden, R., Bazell, A., Clement, J., & Diaz-Abad, M. (2022). Poor sleep quality and other risk factors for unemployment among patients on opioid agonist treatment. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment.

Ware, O. D., Manuel, J. I., & Huhn, A. S. (2021). Adults with opioid and methamphetamine co-use have lower odds of completing short-term residential treatment than other opioid co-use groups: A retrospective health services study. Frontiers In Psychiatry: AddictiveDisorders

Imboden, R., Frey, J., Bazell, A., Mosby, A., Ware, O. D., Mitchell, C., & Cloeren, M. (2021). Workplace support for employees in recovery from opioid use: Stakeholder perspectives. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy

Ware, O. D., McPherson, M. L., Barclay, J., Blackhall, L., Emmett, C. P., Hilliard, Schenker, Y., Shega, J. W., Guralnik, J., & Cagle, J. G. (2021). Recommendations for preventing medication diversion and misuse in hospice care: A modified Delphi Study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Ware, O. D., Cagle, J. G., McPherson, M. L., Sacco, P., Frey, J., & Guralnik, J. (2020). Confirmed medication diversion in hospice care: Qualitative findings from a national sample of agencies. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Ware, O. D. (2022). Perceived stress during admission predicts treatment retention in a residential program. Oral presentation at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Research Symposium 2022, McAllen, TX

Ware, O. D., Ellis, J. D., Dunn, K. E., Finan, P., & Huhn, A. (2022). Gender and chronic pain as risk factors for greater opioid withdrawal severity. Co-Chair and Oral presentation at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence 84th Annual Scientific Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Ware, O. D. (2021). Examining distress tolerance and residential treatment length of stay among heroin users. Poster presentation at the 2nd Global Conference on Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry, Virtual Conference.


Substance Use and Addictions Specialist (SUAS): Treatment Foundation

MSW Program

Social Work Practice with Families, Individuals, and Groups

MSW Program