Welcome to the JEAP Initiative

Advancing research on recovery support services for justice-involved and emerging adult populations 

Our focus

Recovery support services for people experiencing substance use disorder are multiplying, but there is little research on what makes these services effective. We’re working to change that.

The JEAP Initiative is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R24DA051950) 

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JEAP Initiative announces selection of Trainees

The JEAP Initiative Training Institute is a two-year individualized training and mentoring program designed to support early career scientists in becoming NIH-funded researchers focused on recovery support services. After a competitive application process, we are pleased to announce our three Trainees. As part of the JEAP Initiative's focus on centering the voices of people with lived experience, the Training Institute prioritized applicants with lived experience or who are from backgrounds underrepresented in research careers. 

Angela Hagaman, Operation’s Director for East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) Addiction Science Center (ASC)

Camille Cioffi, Research Associate at the University of Oregon's Center on Parenting and Opioids and Research Scientist at Influents Innovations

Martha Tillson, doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY) and Research Data Analyst at the University of Kentucky’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research

Our Approach

Over the course of five years, we are engaging in a variety of activities in order to advance the research on recovery support services.

  • Community Boards

    Our work is guided by three Community Boards, comprised of people in recovery and people from organizations that provide or pay for recovery support services.

  • Off-Site Training and Mentoring

    We offer a Training Institute and ongoing mentoring for early career investigators interested in researching recovery support services.

  • Intensive In-Residence Fellowship

    We offer two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships that help early career investigators launch their career as a researcher focused on recovery support services. 

  • Expert Consultant Panel

    In addition to working with our team, participants in our Fellowship and Training programs will also have access to the expertise of our consultant panel, a group of practitioners and researchers with a variety of skillsets. 

  • Pilot Studies

    We will be funding several pilot studies focused on recovery support services.


  • Training Workshops

    Through webinars and pre-conference workshops, we are offering virtual and in-person trainings for researchers and practitioners. 

Centering the Voices of People with Lived Experience

Bringing together research expertise and lived experience leads to better research. For this reason, lived experience is at the heart of everything we do:

  • This Initiative is a partnership between researchers, persons in recovery, providers, and payors.
  • Our Community Boards set the research priorities and determine the selection of early career investigators for our Fellowship and Trainee programs, and decide which pilot studies are funded.
  • For our Trainee, Fellow, and pilot study opportunities, we are seeking applicants who have lived experience with recovery from substance use or with the justice system.

Looking for a Postdoctoral Fellowship?

In addition to the offsite Training Institute, we also offer two-year full-time postdoctoral fellowship positions at the Oregon Social Learning Center for individuals interested in a career conducting research on recovery support services for adults with substance use disorders. 

Our next Postdoctoral Research Fellow position will have a start date between January and July 2023. Check back in early fall 2022 for the position details and application. Join our newsletter below to stay up to date with announcements about upcoming opportunities. 

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