Jennifer Manuel
Jennifer Manuel, PhD
University of Connecticut - Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research
PhD, Social Work, Columbia University
MS, Social Work, Columbia University
BS, Social Work/Criminal Justice, Texas Christian University
Research Interests
Substance use & co-occurring problems, Behavioral health services, Social/behavioral interventions, Implementation research
Jennifer I. Manuel is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Connecticut. She earned her MSW and PhD from Columbia University School of Social Work, where she was funded by an NIMH T32 pre-doctoral Fellowship. She also received funding from the New York State Office of Mental Health to complete her dissertation research on treatment adherence and continuity of care among individuals with co-occurring disorders receiving integrated treatment. Dr. Manuel completed three years of postdoctoral work at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, where she led a statewide initiative to develop, implement, and evaluate a model for transitioning clients from assertive community treatment to less intensive services. Dr. Manuel’s research focuses on the delivery and quality of treatment services among persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health needs. She has a NIDA Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) to adapt and pilot test an assertive outreach and linkage program, Critical Time Intervention, for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health needs following residential substance abuse treatment. Dr. Manuel’s future work will focus on implementation research to optimize the delivery of evidence-based interventions for multiple contexts in community practice.
Principal Investigator, Community Coalitions for Youth and Family Wellbeing. Active
Principal Investigator, Decision Making in Adopting Evidence-Based Practices and Innovations in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment. Completed
Principal Investigator, Intervention for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders Leaving Residential Treatment. Completed
Principal Investigator, Overdose FREE (Fentanyl Resources, Education, and Engagement). Completed


Manuel JI, Baslock D, DeBarros T, Halliday T, Pietruszewski P, Plante A, Razaa JW, Sloyer W, Stanhope V (2024).
Factors associated with indirect exposure to and knowledge of fentanyl among youth
Journal of Adolescent Health, 74 (2), 312-319. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2023.08.040.

Yuan Y, Padgett D, Thorning H, Manuel J (2023).
“It’s stable but not stable”: A conceptual framework of subjective housing stability definition among individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 19 (2-3), 111-123. doi: 10.1080/15504263.2023.2225357.

Manuel JI, Nizza M, Herman DB, Conover S, Esquivel L, Yuan Y, Susser E (2023).
Supporting vulnerable people during challenging transitions: A systematic review of critical time intervention
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 50 (1), 100-113. doi: 10.1007/s10488-022-01224-z. PMCID: PMC9832072.

Ware OD, Manuel JI, Huhn AS (2021).
Adults with opioid and methamphetamine co-use have lower odds of completing short-term residential treatment than other opioid co-use groups: A retrospective health services study
Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 784229. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.784229. PMCID: PMC8692265.

Conrad JA, Jimenez S, Manuel JI (2021).
Pathways to substance use: A qualitative study of individuals in short-term residential treatment
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 21 (4), 363-381. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2021.1973830.

Dr. Manuel's ResearchGate Profile