Dr. Anna Kline is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During her 25+ years of community-based research, she has focused on the intersection of mental illness, substance abuse and trauma in vulnerable populations, including military veterans.

Dr. Kline’s present research focuses on current trends in substance abuse, with a special focus on the problem of opioid abuse and overdose. Incorporating both qualitative and quantitative research methods, Dr. Kline is studying the epidemiology of substance misuse in New Jersey, opioid users’ perspectives on the problem of opioid overdose, substance abuse problems affecting prisoners reentering the community and trends in marijuana use in the context of medical and recreational legalization. She is also engaged in a clinical trial testing a mindfulness-based intervention for methadone patients with chronic pain, and a study of a peer-based intervention for hospitalized opioid overdose survivors.