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Laura Lander

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychology


Masters of Social Work, Columbia University

Focus Areas

Addiction, substance use disorders in pregnancy, medication-assisted treatment, mindfulness


Laura R. Lander, LICSW, is an Assistant Professor and social work section chief in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU where she specializes in addictions.  She attended Columbia University for her master’s degree in social work. Mrs. Lander has over 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker and has worked with adults, families and children.  She is the Chair of the Research committee in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. In addition, she has been involved in clinical research for 15 years with dually diagnosed adolescents, women with substance use disorders, including pregnant women and prescription drug abuse.  She participated in the implementation of NIDA CTN 30 and research on the WV Quitline. Her current research projects involve using yoga and mindfulness based relapse prevention as adjuncts to medication-assisted treatment and looking at genetic and clinical measures predictive of treatment outcomes and Neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Sample Publications

  • Stabler ME, Long DL, Chertok I, Giacobbi PR, Pilkerton C, Laura L. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in West Virginia Sub-State Regions, 2007-2013. The Journal of Rural Health. 2016. 1-10. (DOI) 10.1111/jrh.12174. PMID: 26879950
  • Lander L, Gurka K, Marshalek P, Riffon M, Sullivan C. A Comparison of Pregnancy-Only versus Mixed-Gender Group Therapy among Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder. Social Work Research, 2015; doi: 10.1093/swr/svv029.
  • Lander L, Howsare J, Byrne, M. (2013). The Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Families and Children: From Theory to Practice. SW in Public Health, Vol 28, 194-205.
  • Lander L, Marshalek P, Yitayew M, Ford D, Sullivan C, Gurka K. (2013).  Rural Healthcare Disparities: Challenges and Solutions for the Pregnant Opioid-dependent Population.  West Virginia Medical Journal, Vol 109(4), 22-27.

Contact Info

Email: Llander@hsc.wvu.edu

Phone: (304) 293-3965