“My passion is to bridge the gap between science and practice to increase the likelihood that people who are impacted by substance-use harms will benefit from research findings. My overarching research agenda aims to reduce harms associated with substance use through the implementation of interventions and policies within medical, community and academic settings.”
Kathleen Egan is an associate professor in the Department of Implementation Science at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
She primarily focuses on harms associated with opioid, cannabis product and polysubstance use. She has received research funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Egan is the principal investigator of a grant that focuses on the development and pilot randomized control trial of a text message intervention to facilitate secure storage and disposal of prescription opioids to prevent diversion and misuse. Additionally, she is the principal investigator of a grant assessing the implementation of pharmacy-based medication disposal programs.