Awards and Grants

Faculty and staff at the Grayken Center are often recognized for their innovative work. Find recent awards and grant funding here.



Americas Essential Hospitals - Access and Quality for All

  • America’s Essential Hospitals, Gage Award: Elisha Wachman, MD

Network for Excellence in Health Innovation

  • Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, Innovator In Health: Colleen LaBelle, RN

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2018 Hilary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care: The CATALYST Program at Boston Medical Center (Medical Director: Sarah Bagley, MD)



  • AMERSA Betty Ford Award: Colleen T. Labelle, MSN, RN-BC, CARN
  • 2017 AMERSA Excellence In Mentorship Award: Alexander Y. Walley, MD MSc

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry: John Renner, MD

American College of Physicians

  • American College of Physicians, Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from The Rosenthal Family Foundation: Jeffrey Samet, MD, FACP
  • American College of Physicians, Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from The Rosenthal Family Foundation: Project ASSERT

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders: Sarah Bagley, MD



  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    • Jeffrey Samet, MassHEAL - Reducing overdose deaths by 40% (2019-2023)
    • Ben Linas, A pragmatic trial of two strategies for implementing an effective eHealth HIV prevention program
    • Ben Linas, Researching Effective Strategies to Prevent Opioid Death (RESPOND) Administrative Supplement
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
    • Edward Bernstein, Faster Paths to Treatment - Supplement
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
    • Ben Linas, Improving Naloxone Access and Its Effects on Drug Abuse Overdoses
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Marc Larochelle, Impact of health insurance type and transitions on treatment for opioid use disorder 
  • GE Foundation
    • Colleen LaBelle, OBAT Training and Technical Assistance (OBAT TTA)- SUSTAIN TTA PLUS


  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
    • Jeffrey Samet, Pilot Study of Opioid-receptor Antagonists to Reduce Pain and Inflammation among HIV-Infected Persons with Alcohol Problems
    • Jeffrey Samet, ST. PETER HIV-Alcohol, Protein Biomarkers and Cardiovascular Disease Risk
    • Eric Devine, Lacosamide effects on alcohol self administration and craving in heavy drinkers
    • Tim Naimi, Impact of Marijuana Policies on Alcohol Use and Alochol-Related Mortality 
    • Eric Devine, The Effects of Exenatide, a GLP-1 Agonist, on Alcohol Self-Administration in Heavy Drinkers
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    • Tae Woo (Ted) Park and Colleen Labelle, The Massachusetts Model of MAT for Patients with Co-Occurring Mental Disorders (4MD)
    • Colleen Labelle, State Technical Assistance Team Education and Support (STATES)
    • Martha Vibbert and Megan Sandel, State Opioid Grant
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Alexander Walley, Knock and Talk: The Public Health-Public Safety Partnerships for Post-Overdose Outreach and Prevention
    • Dan Alford, The Boston Sustainable Models for unhealth Alcohol use ReducTion (B SMART) Program
    • Marc LaRochelle, Heroin use and overdose following changes to individual-level opioid prescribing
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    • Jeffrey Samet, Advancing Clinical Research Training within Addiction Residency Programs
    • Sabrina Assoumou, Engaging young people who inject drugs into HCV and HIV care
    • Benjamin Linas, Accelerating the Pace of Drug Abuse Research Using Existing Data (R01)
    • Karsten Lunze, Stigma, Risk Beahviors and Health Care Among HIV-infected Russian People Who Inject Drugs
    • Alexander Walley, Effectiveness of the Consult for Addiction Treatment and Care in Hospitals (CATCH) model for engaging patients in opioid use disorder treatment: Pragmatic trial in a large municipal hospital system
    • Alexander Walley, Repeated-dose behavioral intervention to reduce opioid overdose: a two-site randomized-controlled efficacy trial (REBOOT
  • Academic Pediatric Association
    • Yuan He, National trends in substance use and corresponding trends in child maltreatmen
    • Scott Hadland, Developing a Collaborative Care Model of Office-Based Opioid Treatment for Adolescents
  • The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
    • Elisha Wachman and Kelley Saia, Study on the safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenomics of extended-release naltrexone in pregnant women. 
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
    • Colleen LaBelle, State Opioid Response OBAT Expansion
    • Sarah Bagley, Enhanced Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) to Serve Special Populations
  • Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
    • Katherine Gergen Barnett, Addiction-focused FM Residency
  • University of Baltimore, Center for Drug Control Policy and Enforcement
    • Alexander Walley, Benjamin Linas, and Marc Larochelle, Forecasting the Impact of Corrections-based Control Policy and Enforcement
  • Peter F. McManus Charitable Trust
    • Timothy Naimi, The Impact of Alcohol Policies on Fatalities from Alcohol-Involved Crashes Below the Legal Limit
  • Medtronic Foundation (Charities Aid Foundation America)
    • Robert Saper, Innovations in Non-Pharmacologic Approaches to Pain Management for the Underserved
  • New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
    • Alexander Walley, Addiction Consult Service TTA
  • AIDS Action Committee
    • Johnson, Peer Driven HIV Education and Prevention in MSM Injection Drug Users and Injection Drug Users Who Engage in Transactional Sex
  • Jack Satter Foundation
    • Sarah Bagley, CATALYST Clinic
  • Office of Minority Health (DHHS)
    • Ricardo Cruz, Project RECOVER (Referral, Engagement, Case management, and Overdose preVention Education in Recovery)