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Suzanne Carlberg-Racich

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  • Director and Associate Professor | Director of Research, Chicago Recovery Alliance
  • ​PhD, MSPH
  • Public Health
  • Faculty
  • 312-362-1003
  • 14 E. Jackson Blvd., MPH Suite 710, Room 710F


  • PhD in Public Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MSPH Minor in Women’s Studies , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BS in Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Courses Taught

  • MPH 501 Introduction to Public Health
  • MPH 511 Health Behavior Theory
  • MPH 522 Program Development & Grant Writing
  • MPH 525 Public Health Program Evaluation
  • MPH 552 Maternal & Child Health
  • MPH 595 Special Topics: Drug Use, Public Health & Human Rights
  • MPH 602 Community Health Assessment
  • MPH 603 Community Health Project Design
  • MPH 604 Capstone Semin​ar in Community Public Health
  • CRIM 339 Drugs & Society

Research Interests

  • HIV/AIDS (Harm Reduction, Cultural Competency, Stigma, Behavior Change)
  • Harm Reduction (Safer Injection, Overdose Prevention, Service Delivery)
  • Qualitative Research Methodology; Program Evaluation

External Grants/Contracts

  • 2019-2020            
    • Ortho S. Sprague Foundation (PI): Qualitative Research Study Assessing Attitudes Around Treatment Services and Interest in Lower Threshold Treatment Services/Delivery Model  
  • 2019 (Invited)      
    • Chicago Recovery Alliance (PI): Community Assessment of Overdose Prevention Interventions: The role of comprehensive drug testing and community health worker initiatives in mitigating fatal overdose  
  • 2016-2018            
    • Fordham University HIV & Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) (PI)  (NIH Funded): Exploring Partnership and Agency in Community-based Photovoice with Persons who Inject Drugs ​​​

Selected Publications

  • Abdelel, R., Banerjee, R., Carlberg-Racich, S. M., Cebollero, C., Darwaza, N. & Kim. C. (2022). Real-world study of multiple naloxone administrations for opioid overdose reversal among emergency medical service providers. Substance Abuse Journal, 43(1):1075-1084. ​
  • Abdelel, R., Banerjee, R., Carlberg-Racich, S. M., Darwaza, N., Ito, D., & Epstein, J. (2022). The need for multiple naloxone administrations for opioid overdose reversals: A review of the literature. Substance Abuse Journal, 43(1), 774–784.  
  • Abdelel, R., Banerjee, R., Carlberg-Racich, S. M., Darwaza, N., Ito, D., Schoaf, J., & Epstein, J. (2022). Real-world study of multiple naloxone administration for opioid overdose reversal among bystanders Harm Reduction Journal, 19(49). 
  • Ostrander, R. N., & Carlberg-Racich, S. M. (2022). “I feel safe here”: Participants identify key components of syringe access programs. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 50(1), 89–103.  
  • Schober, D. J., Carlberg-Racich, S. M., & Dirkes, J. C. (2022). Developing the Public Health Workforce through Community-Based Fieldwork. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 50(1), 1–7.  
  • Carlberg-Racich, S. (2021) "Normally I Try and Capture a Moment, and With This I Had to Create a Moment": Implications of Anonymous Photography Protocols in Photovoice Research with People Who Inject Drugs. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics : JERHRE, 16(1-2), 15–23.  
  • Karch, L., Tobias, S., Schmidt, C., Doe Simkins, M., Carter, N., Salisbury-Afshar, E., & Carlberg-Racich, S. M. (2021). Results from a mobile drug checking pilot program using three technologies in [city blinded for peer review]. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 228. 
  • Carlberg-Racich, S. (2019) Photovoice as a tool for change: Engaging the community in public health advocacy. In Santella, A. (Editor) Master of Public Health Competencies: A Case Study Approach. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 111-126. 
  • Carlberg-Racich, S., Wagner, C., Alabduljabbar, S., Rivero, R., Hasnain, M., Sherer, R. & Linsk, N. (2018). Professional identity formation in HIV care: Development of clinician scholars in a longitudinal, mentored training program. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 38(3):158-164.  
  • Wagner, C., Carlberg-Racich, S., Linsk, N., Sherer, R., Alabduljabbar, S., Hasnain, M. & Rivero, R. (2017). Impacts of Longitudinal Mentorship to Strengthen the HIV Workforce: Qualitative Evidence of Changes in Clinicians’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Volume 28, Issue 6, 938–952.  
  • Carlberg-Racich, S. & Roden, L. (2017). Barriers to patient-centered human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care with African American patients who use drugs: Social construction of the typical and ideal care visit. Substance Abuse, 38(2), 205-212. ​