Bryan Garner

Senior Implementation Research Scientist

Bryan Garner


  • PhD, Experimental Psychology, Texas Christian University
  • MS, Experimental Psychology, Texas Christian University
  • BS, Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
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Bryan R. Garner brings his expertise as a senior implementation research scientist to our Behavioral and Urban Health Program. His training in experimental psychology informs his work on substance use disorders, a topic on which he has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.
Dr. Garner’s research history centers on improving the implementation of evidence-based substance use disorder treatment within practice settings.

Dr. has served as the principal investigator for several grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Currently, Dr. Garner is the principal investigator for two grants funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. One of these grants is a 5-year project testing the effectiveness of a motivational interviewing-based brief intervention for substance use and of an organizational-level implementation strategy for implementing this brief clinical intervention within 39 community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations. The other of these grants is a 3-year project focused on understanding the extent to which several organizational factors help in the reduction of such substance use treatment completion disparities for Mexican Americans.

Additionally, Dr. Garner currently works on two grants funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. More specifically, Dr. Garner is the lead evaluator for the 2-year State Targeted Response – Technical Assistance (STR TA) project, which is focused on providing TA to help 57 states/territories improve the delivery of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for opioid use disorders.

Dr. Garner also is the Network Implementation Advisor for the 5-year Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) network, which is focused on providing TA to substance use disorder treatment organizations across the nation.

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