Lab Members

Back-Flanagan Group

Investigators

Sudie Back 


Sudie Back, Ph.D.

Dr. Back's primary research focus is the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She leads a variety of studies to examine SUD and PTSD, including randomized controlled trials of behavioral as well as pharmacologic interventions, laboratory-based investigations, and neuroimaging studies.

Julianne Flanagan

Julianne Flanagan, Ph.D.

Dr. Flanagan's program of research focuses on the relationships between post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, and interpersonal violence. She is currently conducting laboratory and treatment development studies aimed at better understanding behavioral and neurobiological underpinnings of violence among individuals and couples. She is also conducting studies examining behavioral and pharmacological interventions to mitigate these commonly co-occurring problems.

Kevin Gray, MD

Kevin Gray, M.D.

Dr. Gray is Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MUSC. Collaborating with an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and researchers, he has focused his career on advancing treatments for substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults.

Elizabeth Santa Ana, PhD

Elizabeth Santa Ana, Ph.D.

Dr. Santa Ana is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC and the Evidence-Based Training Coordinator for the VISN 7 Homeless Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is a core investigator within the Charleston Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC) at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and she collaborates with other MUSC faculty in Psychiatry on projects involving PTSD, substance use disorder, relapse prevention, and chronic pain for patients with substance use and other co-existing disorders.

Tracy Stecker, PhD

Tracy Stecker, Ph.D.

Dr. Stecker is one of our therapists and co-investigators. She is a nationally known expert on stigma and treatment seeking, and her research focuses on improving help seeking behavior among suicidal individuals.

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Delisa Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brown is a Research Assistant Professor in Addiction Sciences at MUSC.  Her research focuses disparities in substance use disorders and comorbid stress-related conditions ( e.g., PTSD, racial trauma, early childhood adversity) that impact women and African Americans.  She is currently examining the impact of race-related stress among individuals with alcohol use disorder and PTSD with a goal of understanding behavioral and neurobiological underpinnings of experiences of racial discrimination among African Americans and other racial minorities. She is also conducting a laboratory study to investigating sex differences in the impact of early childhood stress on opioid craving among men and women with opioid use disorder.

Amber Jarneke, PhD

Amber Jarnecke, Ph.D.

Dr. Jarnecke is an Assistant Professor in the Addictions Sciences at MUSC. Her research focuses on individual and contextual factors that contribute to the association between substance use disorders and intimate partner violence. She is currently collaborating with an interdisciplinary team to study the neurobiology of and pharmacological treatments for alcohol use disorders.

Jennifer Jones, MD

Jennifer Jones, M.D.

Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Addictions Sciences at MUSC. Her primary research interests include developing new medications for the treatment of substance use disorders, particularly opiate addiction. She collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to study the neurobiology of and pharmacological treatments for substance use disorders. 

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Kimberly Veronee Blitch, D.H.A. L.P.C. 

Kimberly graduated from the Citadel's Clinical Counseling program with her Master's in 2010 and graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with her Doctorate in Health Administration in 2018. She has been working at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in Charleston, SC for the past eight years. During this time she has been a therapist on multiple research studies specializing in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Kimberly loves fruit and chocolate and spending time with her family and friends.

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Tanya Saraiya, Ph.D.

Dr. Saraiya is a Research Assistant Professor. Her research focused on the development and refinement of therapies for individuals with trauma/PTSD, and co-occurring substance use disorders, particularly opioid use disorders (OUD). In addition, her work focuses on tailoring treatments to the needs of diverse patients with different clinical presentations. Her research work can be found here.

Jasara Hogan, Ph.D.

Dr. Hogan is a Research Assistant Professor in the Addiction Sciences Division at MUSC. Her research focuses on understanding how romantic relationships influence alcohol use behaviors, particularly among emerging adults (ages 18-29). She is currently studying how romantic relationship conflict and autonomic nervous system functioning influence heavy episodic drinking.

 

Study Personnel

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Anjinetta Johnson, PAC

Anjinetta graduated from MUSC's Physician's Assistant Program in 2001. She has been involved in behavioral health research since 2010 in the role of Medical Clinician for Research Studies. She performs history and physical exams on research participants to help determine if they are healthy enough to be a part of the study. She also dispenses study medications, and monitors and follows up on study-related adverse events. 

Jocelyn Rogers

Jocelyn T. Rogers, MPH

Jocelyn joined the team as the Program Coordinator for the VA/Veteran PTSD POET Study at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in October 2019. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Public Health from Kent State University. Jocelyn has a particular interest in health disparities, mental health and sexual health. 

Chris DeLeon

Chris DeLeon, BS

Chris is a Program Assistant for the VA/Veteran PTSD POET Study. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University. He has worked in research at MUSC and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 20 years focusing on substance use treatment and medical decision-making.

Hannah Shoemaker

Hannah Shoemaker, MS

Hannah is the Program Coordinator for the PaNACea study. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from the College of Charleston in 2015 and her Masters in General Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2019. Hannah is interested in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions for children and families exposed to trauma (e.g., family violence, intimate partner violence, and community violence) or affected by substance use. Further, Hannah is currently enrolled in the Clinical Counseling Psychology Masters Program at the Citadel and has 3 years of experience at MUSC across various research studies. 

Jessica Brower, MA

Jessica is the Study Coordinator in the Flanagan lab, currently working on the HeART Couples Study. She received her Masters in Psychology from New York University and has worked in clinical research since 2016. 

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Charli Kirby, BA

Charli is a Program Assistant in the Flanagan Lab currently working on the HeART Couples Research Study. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Anderson University in May of 2018. She is interested in family violence and how early life experiences of violence affect later perpetration and victimization. Charli wants to continue her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology.  

Hayley Feigl

Hayley Feigl, MS

Hayley Feigl has over 5 years of professional research experience. She received her Master’s in Psychology from the University of Chicago, then worked in institutional research for 2 years before transitioning to work in the clinical research field. She has worked at MUSC for the past 2.5 years as the coordinator on a clinical trial involving women with PTSD and substance use disorder.

Kimberly Waters, MA

Kimberly is a Program Coordinator for the COPE+OT study. She graduated from Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2017 and completed a Master of Arts degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology at The Citadel in 2020. Prior to joining the Back Flanagan Lab, Kimberly completed an internship with the Trauma Resilience and Recovery Program at MUSC and was a research assistant with the National Crime Victims Center. 

Emily Bristol, BA

Emily Bristol is the Program Coordinator for the Drug Abuse Research Training (DART) Program (R25, DA020537). She has been at MUSC for since 2015 and previously worked as a research assistant on a clinical trial for individuals with alcohol use disorder. Emily is also working on her Masters in Social Work through the University of South Carolina. 

Back-Flanagan Group Program Manager

Stacey Sellers, MS

Stacey Sellers, MS

Stacey is the Program Manager for the Back-Flanagan Group. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Neuroscience from the College of Charleston and her Masters of Clinical and Translational Science from Creighton University. She has worked in research at MUSC and Creighton University for over 10 years, focusing her work on the treatment of substance use.