Research Associate



PhD, Political Science, West Virginia University
MS, Clinical Research, Rush University
MA, Political Science, West Virginia University
BA, Economics and Political Science, West Virginia University

In his role with the Health Affairs Institute, Jonathan leads the development and implementation of evaluation and research, as well as interventions focused on helping transform the lives of West Virginians. Jonathan is currently part of the State Opioid Response Medical Services (SOR-MS), Medicaid Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment Outcomes and Recovery (MOTOR), and Increasing Awareness and Referral Relationships Among Harrison County Providers of Care and Support for Substance Use Disorder (IAHHRP) projects. Under the SOR-MS project, Jonathan leads the development and implementation of the statewide CHESS Connections App program that has enrolled thousands of individuals seeking substance use disorder (SUD) recovery resources. The MOTOR study uses a mixed methods approach to provide important information to the state from both surveys and interviews of SUD treatment providers and people with SUD.

Jonathan has also been part of two prior Health Affairs project teams: the Lotus Boone project and the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act Planning Grant team. Jonathan was principal investigator for the Lotus Boone project. The SUPPORT Act Planning Grant project helped the West Virginia win a subsequent SUPPORT Act Implementation Grant from the federal government.

In addition to his role at the Health Affairs Institute, Jonathan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Public Health, a voting member of the WVU Institutional Review Board (IRB) Gold Board, a member of the WV Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) Managed Care Organization (MCO) Collaboration Group and WV ODCP SUD Recovery Employment and Transportation Task Group, a member of the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) Research & Education Committee, and a member of Shatterproof ATLAS’s Claims-Based Measures Workgroup.

Prior to joining Health Affairs, Jonathan was a research regulation professional for 10 years, where he reviewed thousands of research protocols to ensure protection of human subjects and mitigate biosafety, radiation safety, and biohazard concerns. In that role, he earned both a Certified IRB Professional (CIP) and Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) designation.

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