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Jessica M. Peirce, Ph.D.

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  • Associate Director, Addiction Treatment Services
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Post Traumatic Stress, Substance Abuse


My research focuses on assessment and treatment of the problem triad of substance use disorders, traumatic events, and posttraumatic stress disorder. I develop and evaluate novel treatment approaches for substance use and comorbid disorders, especially adaptive treatment models, and interventions to improve patient adherence to treatment. I am also interested in gender differences in the expression and consequences of substance use and comorbid psychiatric disorders.

As a clinician, I use evidence-based treatment strategies with my patients and am committed to applying our own research findings to our clinical work whenever possible. My clinical experience, in turn, informs my research questions. This is the essence of the scientist-practitioner model. more


  • Associate Director, Addiction Treatment Services
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma) (1997)
  • B.A., University of Chicago (Illinois) (1991)

Additional Training

  • Internship Boston DVAMC/Tufts University Consortium, Boston, MA, 1998, Clinical Psychology
  • Fellowship Boston DVAMC, Boston, MA, 2000, Postdoctoral

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Kidorf, M., Brooner, R. K., Leoutsakos, J. M., & Peirce, J. (2018). Treatment initiation strategies for syringe exchange referrals to methadone maintenance: A randomized clinical trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 187, 343-350.

Schacht, R. L., King, V. L., Kidorf, M. S., Brooner, R. K., Peirce, J. M. (2017). Incentivizing attendance to Prolonged Exposure for PTSD in opioid use disorder patients: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85, 689-701.

Peirce, J. M., Brooner, R. K., King, V. L., Kidorf, M. S. (2016). Effect of traumatic event reexposure and PTSD on substance use disorder treatment response. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 158, 126-131. PMC4698104

Peirce, J. M., Schacht, R. L., Brooner, R. K., King, V. L., Kidorf, M. S. (2014) Prospective risk factors for traumatic event reexposure in community syringe exchange participants. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 138, 98-102.

Peirce, J., Brooner, R., Kolodner, K., Schacht, R., Kidorf, M. (2013). Prospective effects of traumatic event re-exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder in syringe exchange participants. Addiction, 108, 146-153. PMC3518559.

Contact for Research Inquiries

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
5200 Eastern Avenue
Addiction Treatment Services, Mason F. Lord Building, 6 East
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-550-5828
Fax: 410-550-0060

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