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Anne Fernandez

Assistant Professor; Director, UMATS Clinical Program

PhD, University of Rhode Island

Anne Fernandez, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Her areas of expertise include substance use and health psychology. Her current research focuses on 1) surgical health optimization for patients with alcohol use disorders, and 2) prevention of opioid misuse among patients prescribed opioids for pain management after surgery. The goal of this work is to improve identification of patients at risk for adverse addiction-related surgical outcomes, and develop pre-operative interventions that address addiction and other behavioral health risk factors. She currently has a career development grant funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and a Precision Health Investigators Award through the University of Michigan. Her precision health research leverages machine learning and natural language processing to identify patient cohorts in need of addiction prevention and intervention at key time points in clinical care.

Dr. Fernandez received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from University of Rhode Island with a focus in health psychology. She completed her clinical psychology residency in Behavioral Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University.


Alcohol Screening and Pre-Operative Intervention Research (ASPIRE) Study, Precision Prevention of New Persistent Opioid Use Following Surgery: A machine learning-based treatment approach

University Affiliation(s)

IHPI | Injury Prevention Center

Research Area(s)

Behavioral medicine | Data science / Analytics / AI | Health services research | Other


  • Principal investigator of: Using natural language processing to facilitate addiction treatment engagement
  • Co-investigator of: Multidisciplinary Alcoholism Research Training Program
  • Principal investigator of: Michigan’s 1115 Behavioral Health Demonstration (FY21 Amended)
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