Benjamin Brady

Benjamin Brady

Assistant Research Professor, Community, Environment & Policy
Director of Education and Policy, Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center

2010 MS Sociology, Brigham Young University

2014 MPH Health Behavior and Health Promotion, University of Arizona

2018 DrPH Public Health Policy and Management, University of Arizona

I work at the Az Center for Rural Health. My research interests include evaluating substance misuse policies and treatment services. I use theory-driven evaluation and integrative scholarship to evaluate a program’s implementation, outcomes, as well as the assumptions that influence how the problem is framed and what antecedent conditions are targeted for change. I currently assist in evaluating state-funded efforts to promote access to opioid use disorder, medication-assisted treatment, and address rural workforce provider shortages. I previously worked at the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline and maintain interest in tobacco cessation services, tobacco harm reduction, and electronic cigarette policies.

In future projects, I hope to review the role of shared decision-making in addiction treatment, differentiate harm reduction and abstinence goal setting in treatment models, and examine how a public health approach to addiction, which accounts for social-environmental determinants, may challenge important assumptions in the addiction-as-chronic-disease paradigm.

Research Synopsis

Research Areas: 

Health Disparities

Planning and Evaluation

Rural Health

Tobacco and Substance Abuse


  • DrPH