Jan Klimas

Postdoctoral Fellow


Optimizing addiction medicine education for health care professionals.



Research Classification

Adult Education and Continuing Education
Drug Abuse
Mental Health and Society
Social Organization and Political Systems
Social Determinants of Health

Research Interests

Qualitative research
systematic reviews
implementation research
psychosocial interventions
pharmacological interventions

Research Methodology

Systematic Reviews
Qualitative Research
feasibility studies
educational research
cohort studies
clinical trials


Dr Jan Klimas graduated with a Psychology MSc degree from Trnava University in Slovakia where he specialised in factors conducive to changes in drug users undergoing residential treatment in therapeutic communities. He then pursued a PhD in Social Psychology, at the same university, which investigated the quality of social interaction and personality characteristics of drug users across a range of settings. Having studied the subject using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, he then moved on to synthesize the evidence base on psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol use in illicit drug users through a Cochrane systematic literature review at the University College Dublin and at the University of Limerick, Ireland, awarded the best paper award from Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI). He was awarded The Cochrane Training Fellowship from Health Research Board Ireland (2010) and The INVEST (International Visiting Scientist and Technical Exchange Program) fellowship from NIDA (National Institute for Drug Abuse) in 2012. He recently examined training of healthcare providers in the care of people with substance use disorders and related harms - a project awarded by the Early-career Fellowship award from the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). He is jointly affiliated as Researcher with the Primary Connections research group at the University College Dublin.



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