Margie Skeer, ScD, MPH, MSW


Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine

Adjunct Associate Professor
Brown School of Public Health
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
Behavioral and Social Sciences Department

Lab Investigator
Yale Center for Health and Learning Games
Yale School of Medicine


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.2441
Fax: 617.636.4017


ScD, Harvard University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
MSW, Boston University School of Social Work

Teaching Areas:

Behavioral intervention development; Substance use and addiction

Research Focus:

Dr. Skeer’s current research focuses on substance misuse and sexual risk prevention, both from an epidemiologic and intervention-development perspective. A current interest is the role that eating meals together as a family in childhood plays in the prevention of substance misuse and sexual risk among adolescents.

On Pediapod, the podcast of Pediatric Research, Dr. Skeer is interviewed about her article "Everything is connected: social determinants of pediatric health and disease." She was also featured in Tufts University's Ever Wonder video series with her answer to the question- Why do we get addicted to drugs?

Dr. Skeer currently has a NIDA-funded study to assess the acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary efficacy of a brief substance use preventive intervention that targets parents of pre-adolescents. She also is working on a study funded by the Charles H. Hood Foundation to psychometrically test a measure of family meals as they relate to adolescent risk behaviors and obesity. Finally, also is working as a co-Investigator on a Tufts Institute for Innovation grant to understand Hepatitis C treatment willingness and readiness among people who inject drugs.

Select Publications:

1. Skeer M, McCormick MC, Normand SLT, Buka SL, Gilman SE. A prospective study of familial conflict, psychological stress, and the development of substance use disorders in adolescence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2009;104:65-72.

2. Skeer MR, McCormick MC, Normand SLT, Mimiaga MJ, Buka SL, Gilman SE. Gender differences in the association between family conflict and adolescent substance use disorders. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2011;49: 187-92.

3. Skeer MR, Mimiaga MJ, Mayer KH, O’Cleirigh C, Covahey C, Safren SA. Patterns of substance use among a large urban cohort of HIV-infected men who have sex with men in primary care. AIDS and Behavior. 2012;16:676-689.

4. Skeer MR, Ballard EL. Are Family Meals as Good for Youth as We Think They Are? A Review of the Literature on Family Meals as They Pertain to Adolescent Risk Prevention. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 2013;42:943-63.

5. Nargiso JE, Ballard EB, Skeer MR. A systematic review of risk and protective factors associated with non-medical use of prescription drugs among youth in the United States: A Social Ecologic Perspective. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 2015;76:5-20.

6. Carlton-Smith A, Skeer MR. Differences in adolescent substance use by Hispanic subgroup: What we know and what we need to find out. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 2015;14:340-350.

7. Schlissel AC, Skeer MR. Trying to Lose Weight and Alcohol Misuse Among High School Girls: Findings from the U.S. National 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Substance Use & Misuse, 2015;50:1599-1605.

8. Tarazi C, Skeer MR, Fiscella K, Dean S, Dammann O. Everything is connected: social determinants of pediatric health and disease. Pediatric Research. 2016;79:125-126.