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Nick Doukas

Year Of Study: 5

Nick Doukas is currently in the fifth year of the Doctoral Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. He received his graduate degree in social work from the University of Toronto.

For fourteen years, Nick has been working as an addictions therapist in the Concurrent Assessment Inpatient Treatment Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Throughout his tenure with CAMH, he has also worked with the Addiction Medicine Services and Drug Treatment Court.

Nick has had several articles published in the area of substance users in recovery who work in the addiction field, substance use recovery and identity, and older adults prescribed methadone.

Project Title: Understanding the bio-psychosocial factors of older adults in methadone maintenance treatment from a life course perspective

The data for this research will be retrieved from the charts of adults 50 or older in MMT at CAMH. Much of it will be obtained from clinical notes and psychometric scales used by nurses, physicians, and social workers who work with this population. Nick anticipates that the data will provide a historical perspective on the participant’s life.

Part of the study, however, looks at the individual’s current stage in life as an older adult prescribed methadone. Nick is especially interested in the variety of coping strategies that the older adult has developed throughout their life. This is important to understand because it raises awareness of how the various relations and links support and/or create barriers in managing the aging process of a person in MMT.


Publications Refereed

Newman, P., Logie, C., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Baiden, P., Doukas, N., Asey, A. (2015). Parents’ Uptake of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine for their Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. International AIDS Conference: Vancouver, Canada.

Doukas, N. (2015). The role of recovering counselors in a new contemporary era of recovery. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 33(2).

Doukas, N. (2015). Older adults prescribed methadone: a review of the literature across the life span from opiate initiation to methadone maintenance treatment. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 7(3), 1-9.

Newman, P., Logie, C., Doukas, N., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Baiden, P., Rubincam, C. (2014). Social, systemic, familial and individual factors influencing parental acceptability of human papillomavirus vaccines for children: A meta-analysis of observational studies. Conference: 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Doukas, N. (2014). Understanding the biopsychosocial factors of older adults in methadone maintenance treatment from a life course perspective. Addiction, Recovery and Aftercare, 1(1), 1-20.

Doukas, N. (2014). Are methadone counsellors properly equipped to meet the palliative care needs of older adults in methadone maintenance treatment? implications for training. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 10(2), 186-204.

Newman, P., Logie, C., Doukas, N., Asakura, K. (2013). HPV vaccine acceptability among men: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 89(7), 568-574.

Doukas, N., Cullen, J. (2011). Addiction counselors in recovery: Perceived barriers in the workplace. Addiction Research & Therapy, 2(3), 1-7.

Doukas, N. (2011). Older adults in methadone maintenance treatment: A literature review. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 11(3), 230-244.

Doukas, N., Cullen, J. (2011). Recovered addicts working in the addiction    field: How do substance abuse treatment agencies work with substance abuse relapse among addiction counsellors who are in recovery? Addiction Research & Therapy, 2(1), 1-5.

Doukas, N. (2010). Perceived barriers to identity transformation for people who are prescribed methadone. Addiction Research & Theory, 19(5), 408-415.

Cullen, J., Doukas, N., Guimond, T., Saini, M., Courbasson, C., Berg, R. (2009). Cognitive and behavioural interventions for substance abuse among members of the queer community: A systematic review. Campbell Collaboration. (Title Registration).

Doukas, N., Cullen, J. (2010). Recovered addicts working in the addiction field: Potential pitfalls to substance abuse relapse. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 17(3), 216-231.

Doukas, N., Cullen, J. (2009). Recovered, in recovery or recovering from substance abuse: A question of identity. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 41(4), 391-394.