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Mr Jan Klimas

Biography

Dr Jan Klimas, M.Sc., Ph.D.  graduated with a Psychology MSc degree from Trnava University in Slovakia where he specialised in factors conducive to changes in drug users undergoing residential treatment in therapeutic communities. He then pursued a PhD in Social Psychology, at the same university, which investigated the quality of social interaction and personality characteristics of drug users across a range of settings. Having studied the subject using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, he then moved on to synthesize the evidence base on psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use in illicit drug users through a Cochrane systematic literature review at the University College Dublin and at the University of Limerick, Ireland. This work laid foundation for his postdoctoral research on implementing psychosocial interventions in opioid substitution treatments at the medical schools in Dublin, Limerick and Portland USA. He was awarded the Cochrane Training Fellowship from Health Research Board Ireland (2010) and the INVEST (International Visiting Scientist and Technical Exchange Program) fellowship from NIDA (National Institute for Drug Abuse) in 2012.

Since his undergraduate programme, Jan has been actively involved in community organisations, first as an Outreach Drugs Worker and later on as Assistant Project Manager in a needle exchange project. He further utilised the knowledge and expertise gained from this work in a community unemployment service (Hungary), in community drugs initiative for young drug users (Ireland) and in a 12-week stabilisation day programme for people contemplating a reduction in their use of drugs (Dublin).
Jan's professional and research interests lay broadly in the areas of harm reduction, addiction treatment and qualitative methodologies 
(http://ucd-ie.academia.edu/janklimas). Current research:

  1. Are psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use effective among illicit drug user in primary care?
  2. Overdose prevention and Naloxone distribution programmes
  3. ECG screening in opioid substitution treatment patients (OST)

Research Interests

  1. Are psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use effective among illicit drug user in primary care?
  2. Overdose prevention and Naloxone distribution programmes
  3. ECG screening in opioid substitution treatment patients (OST)

Publications

Other Publication

2012

Commentary on 'The research translation problem: Alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care - Real world evidence supports theory'
Klimas, J; Field, CA; Barry, J; Bury, G; Keenan, E; Lyons, S; Smyth, B; Cullen, W
Drugs-Education Prevention And Policy DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2011.577462