Cara Struble, PhD
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, 2021
My research experience to date has focused broadly on substance use problems through my work under Drs. Leslie Lundahl and David Ledgerwood. I have assisted in human laboratory research including pharmacology and clinical studies examining substance use behaviors and treatment outcomes associated with Cannabis Use Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder, and smoking cessation while completing my PhD training at Wayne State University. I am particularly interested in understanding cannabis use risks, behaviors, and consequences among the LGBTQ+ population. I plan to apply my training in clinical psychology to better understand the impact of sociocultural factors on treatment outcomes for Cannabis Use Disorder in my work with Dr. Alan Budney. I enjoy baking, hiking, and attending drag performances in my spare time.
Deepika Rao, PhD, MS, BPharm
PhD in Health Services Research in Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2022
I hold a Bachelor of Pharmacy (2016) from University of Mumbai, India and a Master’s degree in Pharmacy Administration (2018) from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. My Master’s thesis was titled ‘Community Pharmacists and Substance Use Disorders: Attitudes, Knowledge and Practices’. I received my PhD in Health Services Research in Pharmacy (2022) from UW-Madison. My doctoral dissertation involved exploring and developing a patient-centered screening and brief intervention for opioid misuse for pharmacy settings. I am particularly interested in studying the application of mixed methods and dissemination and implementation sciences, especially in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and exploring different craft hobbies.