Programs: Public Health
Dr. Skeer’s research currently focuses on family engagement and the role that family meals play in adolescent risk prevention. She has been the Principal Investigator on multiple studies to develop and test interventions related to adolescent substance misuse prevention. These include a substance use preventive intervention geared toward parents of 5th-7th grade students in schools Greater Boston, funded through the National Institute on Drug Abuse and a study in rural Idaho to develop a methamphetamine use prevention communication intervention for teens, funded by the DentaQuest Foundation. She has also been funded to conduct qualitative research with parents/guardians and children on perspectives around marijuana as the recreational law takes effect in Massachusetts. In her role as faculty, Dr. Skeer takes the opportunity to include students as Research Assistants in her projects, many of whom have had the opportunity to publish with her.
Dr. Skeer is engaged in community substance use prevention. She is an active member in a local substance misuse prevention coalition, where she gives talks in her town and serves as a subject matter expert and core stakeholder in the Coalition steering committee.
Chronicle, a Boston local news program, interviewed Dr. Skeer about adolescent opioid use. She was also interviewed by Huffpost about how to talk to children about vaping. She was featured in Tufts University's video series with her answer to the questions: Why do we get addicted to drugs? and How Family Meals Can Help Prevent Substance Misuse.
- ScD, Harvard University School of Public Health
- MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
- MSW, Boston University School of Social Work
Behavioral intervention development; Substance use and addiction
Skeer MR, Yantsides KE, Eliasziw M, Tracy MR, Carlton-Smith AR*, Spirito A. Sociodemographic Characteristics Associated with Frequency and Duration of Eating Family Meals: A Cross-Sectional Analysis. SpringerPlus, 2016;5:2062-2068.
Yantsides KE, Tracy MR, Skeer MR. Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs and its Association with Heroin Use among High School Students. Journal of Substance Use, 2016;22:102-107.
Skeer MR, Yantsides KE, Eliasziw M, Carlton-Smith AR*, Tracy MR, Spirito A. Testing a Brief Substance Misuse Preventive Intervention to Parents of Pre-Adolescents: Feasibility, Acceptability, Preliminary Efficacy. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2016;25:3739–3748.
Schlissel AC, Schwartz T*, Skeer MR. The association between body image and behavioral misperception (BIBM) and alcohol use among high school girls: Results from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 2017;78:97-105.