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Adrienne Call

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Scientist
Adrienne is a behavioral health research scientist with 15 years of experience designing and leading mixed-methods research and evaluations.

Adrienne is a senior research scientist directing implementation and evaluation projects focused on substance use, mental health, and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). She leads multi-modal surveys, key informant interviews, focus groups, and site visits with patients, Medicaid beneficiaries, medical providers, and health care stakeholders. 

Her portfolio includes oversight of federal, state, university, and foundational client projects. She manages evaluations of AHRQ’s Unhealthy Alcohol Use Initiative, a SAMHSA grant for Community Overdose Prevention Education, the JED Foundation’s Suicide Prevention Campus Program, 1115 Medicaid waivers in Kentucky, Illinois, and Wisconsin, and multiple behavioral health programs funded by the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. For the University of Illinois, she led mixed-method data collection for the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act. 

Prior to joining NORC, Adrienne worked with high utilizers of the Emergency Department, focusing on patients experiencing behavioral health concerns, connecting them to primary care and other services. She also managed the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Symptom Management Service Center, a palliative care clinic assisting cancer patients.

Project Contributions

Assessment of JED Campus Approach to Suicide Prevention

Recommendations for enhancing implementation of the nation’s leading college suicide prevention program


JED Foundation

Community Overdose Prevention Education: Project COPE

Evaluating the impact of training on behavior change, naloxone distribution, and overdose in New York state


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid 1115 Waiver Evaluation

Collecting data to assess the impact of Medicaid rule changes


Commonwealth of Kentucky

Managing Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Primary Care

Implementation and evaluation of screening, intervention, and treatment for unhealthy alcohol use


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


  • Pivoting in a Pandemic: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned from Implementing Evidence-based Practices to Manage Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Primary Care

    Presentation | November 6, 2022

    Marino, N., Harris, B., Call, A., Sirkin, J., Figueroa, A., Wallace, R., McPherson, T., and James, M.
  • Evaluating Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Education in Social Work and Nursing Curriculum Using the CFIR Model

    Presentation | September 22, 2022

    Call, A., McPherson, T., Cohen, H., et al.,
  • Balancing Agility and Rigor: A Multi-site Evaluation of an Initiative to Improve Management of Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Primary Care.

    Presentation | October 24, 2021

    Call A., Sandberg, S., McPherson, T., Sirkin J, et al.,
  • A Multi-stakeholder Approach to Developing Outcome Measures to Evaluate an Initiative Promoting Management of Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Primary Care.

    Presentation | September 23, 2021

    Sandberg, S., McPherson, T., Call, A., et al.,
  • Mapping Medicare Disparities: A Tool to Promote Health Equity

    Presentation | September 6, 2018

    Call, A., Rosenbaum, A., Brady, J.