Emily Pasman, PhD, LMSW

Research Fellow
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
2241 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-4777


  • Harm reduction, treatment and recovery support services
  • Stigma toward drug use
  • Health disparities among people who use drugs
  • Addiction-affected families
  • Secondary data analysis

Emily Pasman is a licensed social worker and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, and Health. Her social work practice has centered around the development, implementation, and evaluation of peer-delivered services for people in or seeking recovery from addiction. Her current program of research aims to integrate harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support services; support families affected by addiction; and address health disparities among people who use drugs. In each area, she examines stigma as a primary barrier to service provision.


  • PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2023
  • MSW, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 2019
  • BS, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 2013

Publication Highlights

  • Pasman, E., Lee, G., Singer, S., Burson, N., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2024) Attitudes toward medications for opioid use disorder among peer recovery coaches. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1-10.  https://doi.org/10.1080/00952990.2024.2332597

  • Pasman, E., Nikolova, K., Victor, B., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2024). Perceived stigma toward naloxone among overdose education and naloxone distribution program participants: Implications for opiod overdose response. Stigma and Healthhttps://doi.org/10.1037/sah0000523

  • Hicks, D., Pasman, E., O'Shay, S., Kcomt, L., & Resko, S. (2024). Experiences of families bereaved by opioid-related death. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/1533256X.2024.2351369

  • Pasman, E., O'Shay, S., Brown, S., Madden, E. F., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2023). Ambivalence and contingencies: A qualitative examination of peer recovery coaches' attitudes toward medications for opioid use disorder. Jouranl of Substance Use and Addiction Treatmenthttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.josat.2023.209121

  • Resko, S. M., Pasman, E., Hicks, D. L., Lee, G., Ellisa, J. D., O'Shay, S., Brown, S., & Agius, E. (2023). Nalozone knowledge and attitudes towards overdose response among family members of people who misuse opioids. Journal of Community Healthhttps://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10900-023-01257-x

  • Pasman, E., Brown, S., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2023). Support for safe consumption sites among peer recovery coaches. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-023-09846-3

  • Pasman, E., Clift, J., Broman, M., Madden, E. F., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2023). "It depends on what you consider recovery": Perceptions of client cannabis use among peer recovery coaches. Journal of Drug Issueshttps://doi.org/10.1177/00220426231176446

  • Pasman, E., Agius, E., O'Shay, S., Broman, M., Lee, G., & Resko, S. M. (2023). Are campus services reaching those in need? Substance use and awareness of university counseling services. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 1.       https://doi.org/10.1080/87568225.2023.2208761

  • Friedrich, F. S., Pasman, E., Boraginna-Ballard, L., O'Shay, S., Szechy, K. A., Ellis, J. D., Resko, S. M., & Brown, S. (2023). "Do not carry the load by yourself": Advice for families affected by non-medical opioid use. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 104(3). https://doi.org/10.1177/10443894221145759

  • Carl, A., Pasman, E., Broman, M. J., Lister, J. J., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2023). Experiences of healthcare and substance use treatment provider-based stigma among patients receiving methadone. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports, 6, 100138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dadr.2023.100138

  • Pasman, E., O'Shay, S., Hicks, D., Resko, S. M., Agius, E., & Brown, S. (2023). Stigma communication surrounding nonmedical opioid use among affected family members. Health Communicationhttps://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2023.2167588

  • Pasman, E., Lee, G., Kollin, R., Browman, M. J., Agius, E., & Resko, S. M. (2022). Emotional exhaustion and workplace belongingness among peer recovery coaches during COVID-19. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictionshttps://doi.org/10.1080/1533256X.2022.2156670

  • Pasman, E., Lee, G., Kollin, R., Rodriguez, B., Agius, E., Madden, E. F., & Resko, S. M. (2022). Attitudes toward medication for opioid use disorder among substance use treatment providers. Substance Use & Misuse, 57(12), 1828-1836. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2022.2115853

  • Pasman, E., Kollin, R., Broman, M., Lee, G., Agius, E., Lister J. J., Brown, S., & Resko, S. M. (2022). Cumulative barriers to retention in methadone treatment among adults from rural and small urban communities. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 17(35). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13722-022-00316-3

  • Pasman, E., Agius, E., Victor, G., Broman, M., Ray, B., & Resko, S. (2022). Willingness to use syringe service programs and safe consumption sites among methadone patients with histories of injection drug use in a small Midwest community. Addiction Research & Theory, 30(3), 162-168. https://doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2021.1961759