Eric Goplerud

Eric Goplerud Vice President and Senior Fellow

Public Health

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo
M.A., Clinical and Community Psychology, University at Buffalo
B.A., History, University at Buffalo

Eric Goplerud is Vice President and Senior Fellow in the Public Health Department.  Goplerud, who joined NORC in 2011, is a clinical psychologist and an expert on substance abuse treatment and prevention who was previously a senior research professor at George Washington University focusing on behavioral health policy. Prior to working at George Washington University, he held several senior policy leadership positions at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Since 2002, Goplerud has directed Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, a research program at George Washington University supported by grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, industry, and various federal agencies. He also directs the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Policy. Goplerud is immediate past president of ACMHA: the College for Behavioral Health Leadership. His primary work focuses on integration of behavioral health into national health reform, improving access and financing for behavioral health in primary and specialty medicine, and engagement of businesses, health insurers, and employee assistance programs to promote access to effective, affordable behavioral health care. Goplerud has directed foundation, corporate, and government-sponsored projects focused on increasing access to effective, affordable alcohol treatment.

In addition, Goplerud chaired the National Quality Forum's Technical Advisory Panel that produced the consensus standards of evidence-based substance use treatment, and he co-chairs the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) Technical Advisory Panel that designed and is field testing alcohol and tobacco SBIRT performance measures for all hospital admissions.

Representative Projects

Integrating Adolescent Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment (SBIRT) throughout Social Work and Nursing School Education. NORC at the University of Chicago has partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Center for Clinical Social (CCSW) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to engage nursing and social work schools, and their accrediting bodies, in a learning collaborative to develop and evaluate interactive, competency-based substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum. More

Web-based Training for EAP Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral (BIGAL). The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate a training program "Rethinking Drinking for EAP and Behavioral Health Professionals" that will provide EAP practitioners and allied professionals with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to 1) routinely screen their EAP clients for alcohol use; 2) provide brief, motivational interviewing-informed counseling for those who screen positive; and 3) facilitate linkages to specialized treatment for those clients with complex clinical conditions. The alcohol SBIRT training program will be designed to increase practitioners’ rates of screening and brief intervention with clients, and to provide EAP practitioners with the screening tools and resources that they need.  More

Online Military SBIRT Training Program. NORC was awarded a grant from Diageo, the  world's leading premium drinks business, to develop a training system that meshes with the DOD/Army Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (ASBI) program that will be implemented in all 91 military health clinics worldwide in 2013 and 2014. The Army's program is designed to identify military personnel whose risky alcohol use puts them, their units and their families at much greater risk of alcohol-related problems; to provide brief counseling to help them modify their risky behavior, and linkage to treatment and ongoing supports if brief counseling is insufficient.  More

Preparing Hospitals to Screen and Treat Patients with Alcohol and Drug Use Problems. NORC was asked by JBS International, a CSAT Technical Assistance Contractor, to deliver onsite technical assistance training to a select, representative sample of U.S. hospitals. Consultants will be trained in the components of SBIRT in medical and hospital settings to screen adult inpatients for issues related to alcohol consumption. Short term goals include arranging trainings for Joint Commission accredited hospitals in a small sample representative of the JC hospital population across the country.  More

Evaluation of Primary Care/Mental Health Integration Project. NORC is working with Family Services Inc. to evaluate the effectiveness of a Behavioral  Health/Primary Care (BH/PC) integration project for adults with serious mental illness in Montgomery County Maryland. More

See all Eric Goplerud projects


Press Release Kognito Chosen by NORC at the University of Chicago to Provide Virtual Human Technology to Address Adolescent Substance Use More
Posted: 6.24.2015 2:25PM
Press Release Caitlin Carroll Oppenheimer Named New Senior Vice President, Will Lead the Public Health Department at NORC at the University of Chicago More
Posted: 6.8.2015 9:31AM
Sparks: The NORC Blog Eric Goplerud: ​SBIRT for the Military and the Community – Innovation in Action More
Posted: 1.28.2015 2:05PM
Sparks: The NORC Blog Eric Goplerud: SBIRT – A Powerful Way to Detect and Manage Substance Abuse More
Posted: 1.16.2015 10:03AM
Press Release Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards $2 Million Grant to NORC at the University of Chicago to Support Innovative Large Scale Approach to Reducing Substance Use by Young People More
Posted: 11.21.2014 4:44PM


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