The opioid epidemic has revealed an urgent need to identify evidence-based strategies for pain management and substance use disorder prevention and treatment. Emerging research suggests arts-based interventions should be considered among potential complementary approaches for managing pain and preventing and treating substance use disorder.
JBA conducted a rigorous literature review for the National Endowment for the Arts to identify evidence on the role of arts-based interventions. We identified, summarized, and synthesized recent relevant research using a mixed-methods appraisal tool to inform the quality of the evidence. A program scan was conducted to describe and highlight a range of programs that use the arts to address pain management or substance use disorder prevention or treatment. A technical workgroup helped shape the approach, suggested programs to include, and provided feedback.
Julie Leis, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Julie Leis has nearly 20 years of experience in applied research and program evaluation in the areas of home visiting, mental health, and child development...
Colleen Morrison, Ph.D.
Colleen Morrison has more than 10 years of experience in program evaluation and applied developmental research. Her areas of expertise include early...
Kirsten Keene, M.A.
Kirsten Keene has more than 10 years of experience in applied social science research and program evaluation. Her research skills include qualitative...
Patrice Cachat, M.S.W.
Patrice Cachat has nearly 20 years of experience in child and family services with extensive knowledge in child welfare and protection and child and adolescent...
Joelle Ruben, M.S.W.
Senior Communications Associate
Joelle Ruben has 15 years of experience working on child and family issues in a variety of communications, policy, advocacy, and direct service roles...