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Maureen A. Walton, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Associate Chair for Child Research, Addiction Center

Maureen A. Walton, M.P.H., Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She is also the Associate Chair for Child Research at the Addiction Center and the lead for research on intentional injury at the Injury Center. Dr. Walton’s overall career goal is to conduct innovative research to maximize public health impact on the prevention and treatment of substance use and violence among youth. She has particular expertise in developing e-health and m-health approaches such as web, text messaging, social media, and smartphone apps.

Dr. Walton collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians and researchers, including faculty in emergency medicine, nursing, public health, and computer science. She has received funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Specifically, Dr. Walton and colleagues have demonstrated the efficacy of a brief intervention (SafERteens) in reducing youth violence and alcohol misuse (published in JAMA), which uses technology to structure the therapy. Her team is currently integrating the SafERteens intervention into routine clinical care in the emergency department, either by on-site social work staff or by remote video therapy; this study also includes text messaging boosters.

In addition to prior studies developing evidenced-based brief interventions for alcohol use and cannabis use for youth in medical settings, Dr. Walton is currently testing the efficacy of social media (e.g., Facebook) as an innovative intervention delivery platform for reducing risky drinking among adolescents and emerging adults. Finally, Dr. Walton is involved with research among adult samples, providing expertise with technology based intervention delivery and preventing attrition with longitudinal follow-up.

Dr. Walton is committed to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-doctoral fellows and residents. She is the multiple PI of a Fogarty Training program in the Ukraine. She is also a standing member of the NIH, Center for Scientific Review, Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addictions Study Section.

Dr. Walton received a M.P.H. in Health Promotion from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in community psychology from Michigan State University. She has more than 125 peer reviewed publications.

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Research Interests:

  • Early interventions for alcohol and other drugs in community settings
  • Violence (peer, dating, intimate partner) and substance use
  • Substance use treatment outcome and relapse prevention


Post-doctoral Training, University of Michigan

Ph.D., Michigan State University

M.P.H., San Diego State University

B.S., Wayne State University