Programs: Public Health
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.
- 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.