Ms. Pugatch is an Inter professional Advanced Addiction Fellow at the Boston Veterans Healthcare Administration and a doctoral candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Ms. Pugatch’s research focuses on predictors of follow-up for OEF/OIF veterans who have a positive alcohol screen.  She received a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MSW from Boston College.  Ms. Pugatch joined CeASAR as a social worker in 2004 with research responsibilities as well as clinical duties at the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP); she served as clinical director of social work at ASAP for eight years. Both independently and with her colleagues at CeASAR and ASAP, she has presented and trained clinicians on topics related to addiction, opioid use, and SBIRT for an adolescent population.  Through her work with ASAP, she has held leadership roles on two SAMHSA SBIRT training grants.  Ms. Pugatch is currently an Associate Editor for Substance Abuse.  Since 2010 she served as co-chair of the Association for Medical Education and Research on Substance Abuse (AMERSA) Social Work Special Interest Group; from 2011-2013 she was an elected member of the AMERSA Executive Board. She was a pre doctoral NIAAA trainee at Brandeis University from 2011-2014. She is a teaching associate at Harvard Medical School.