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General Information


    Our research center provides a foundation for innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing and improving the health of individuals and populations. Our focus is in preventive and emergency medicine, including substance abuse, emergency care, and cardiovascular health. We utilize innovative analytical tools in our outcomes research, and develop novel interventions to establish scientific evidence and translate that into pragmatic health policy recommendations. We typically partner with community organizations, hospitals, municipalities, and first responder agencies. Affiliated faculty, research scientists, and staff are scholars in the fields of information sciences, public health, policy and outcomes research, psychology, ethics, anthropology, emergency medicine, and many other areas. Our research programs have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals nationally.






    • Houston Emergency Opioid Engagement System (HEROES).
      This current program funded largely by Texas Health and Human Services/SAMHSA seeks solutions to end the opioid epidemic, through a comprehensive network for treatment, recovery, and emergency response.

    • Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) .
      Partnering with the Houston Police Department, this U.S. Department of Justice funded program helps to link individuals with criminal justice concerns with access to healthcare treatment and recovery for individuals.

    • Project ETHAN (Emergency Telehealth and Navigation).
      We lead the outcomes research and initial technology development for this Houston Fire Department program that currently has over 25,000 patients using telehealth for prehospital emergency care.





    • Caruth North Texas Cardiovascular System
      (now Mission: Lifeline North Texas). Served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory board for this longitudinal American Heart Association-sponsored program involving nearly 30,000 individuals experiencing heart attacks. (2009-2016)

    • Greater Houston Healthconnect .
      We led the creation and initial success of this health information exchange (HIE) from a concept into one of the largest regional HIE’s in the country. (2011-2014)






    • James Langabeer, PhD, EdD

      James Langabeer, PhD, EdD, FACHE

      Professor and program director for the Houston ER Opioid System. As a cognitive scientist interested in how people make choices, he focuses on addiction and emergency medicine. He is a member of the American Society for Addiction Medicine and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Langabeer’s clinical research has been published in top-tier journals including Pediatrics and Annals of Emergency Medicine.


    • Tiffany Champagne-Langabeers Profile

      Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, PhD

      Assistant Professor Champagne-Langabeer focuses on the health policy and informatics components of the program. Her research on use of telemedicine and health information exchanges to improve public health has been published in over a dozen journals.


    • Simone Lee Joannou, M.A. Profile

      Simone Lee Joannou, M.A.

      Simone Joannou is our Administrative Analyst, providing novel insight into making our program run as smoothly and successfully as possible. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and her Master’s in Philosophy, focusing on Ethics in Mental Health Care.