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Research

Dr. Grant’s research focuses on evidence-informed decision-making across various areas of health and social policy. As a methodologist, he aims to improve the ability of scientific research to identify “what works” in addressing pressing societal issues. He is specifically interested in research synthesis methods, open science practices, and online Delphi processes due to their significant influence on the credibility and utility of research evidence for policy and practice decisions. His work on these methods also involves collaborative, translational research focused on specific topics, such as substance use and mental health. Current projects include evidence syntheses for the HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practice, a mixed-methods case study on the use of research evidence in a community block grant program for substance use prevention, and online Delphi processes on the effectiveness and implementability of state-level policies to address the overdose epidemic. Dr. Grant has received external support for his research program from Arnold Ventures, Education Endowment Foundation, Fetzer Franklin Fund, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council, United States Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Wallace Foundation, and William T. Grant Foundation.