April 18, 2014

Irma Kirtadze, M.D., senior researcher at Alternative Georgia Addiction Research Center in the Republic of Georgia, has received a NIDA Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Award (DISCA). Dr. Kirtadze will use the award to work with her U.S. partner, Hendrée Jones, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The two are developing a manual to implement supported employment programs for women with substance use disorders. During Dr. Kirtadze’s DISCA exchange visit, the two will interview vocational services providers in North Carolina and conduct qualitative analyses of the responses. Once she returns to the Republic of Georgia, Dr. Kirtadze will interview vocational services providers and women participating in the NIDA-supported binational research project, HIV and Drug Use in Georgian Women (R01 DA029880), for which she and Dr. Jones serve as principal investigators. The research partners will use the qualitative analyses of the interviews to develop the manual and plan to seek funding for implementation and evaluation of the manual once it is completed.
Learn more about the DISCA program.