Faculty and Staff
Christina Andrews, Ph.D, MSW
|College of Social Work|
Christina Andrews joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2012. Her research interests include the impact of the organization and financing of substance use disorder treatment on service access; gender, racial and ethnic disparities in treatment service access; and adoption of medications to treat opioid use disorder.
She is principal investigator of a five-year Mentored Research Scientist Development-award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to determine if health homes for Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic health conditions are successful in identifying and treating addiction, ultimately reducing the need for and costs of acute care addiction-related conditions. Andrews is also a co-Investigator on a five-year, nationally representative, longitudinal study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse examining the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the quality and accessibility of substance abuse treatment in the United States. Her work has been published in scientific journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs and the American Journal of Public Health. In 2016, she received the Breakthrough Star Award, presented annually to early-career faculty for research excellence by the USC Office of the Vice President for Research.
Professor Andrews research training was supported through a dissertation grant from the Fahs-Beck Fund for Experimentation and Research and a multi-year predoctoral training fellowships from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2011, she received the Robert L. Schneider Award for Influencing state policy for best dissertation focusing on state policy issues. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she spent several years working in the nonprofit sector as a management consultant and fundraiser.
Andrews received her Master of Social Work from Boston University. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.