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School of Health Research

Michelle Strong, M.D.


Clinical Assistant Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research
Prisma Health
Lead Nurse Practitioner: Clinical practice and research


Dr. Michelle Strong is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified through ANCC and is certified in Addiction Medicine through the ANCB. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Executive Health Systems Leadership from the University of Arizona. She is a two-time graduate of Emory University with a BS in biology/sociology and a BS in nursing. She currently serves as the Clinical Lead for Practice and Research for the Addiction Medicine Center at Prisma Health. As such, she oversees the Inpatient Addiction Medicine Consult Service, has supported the growth and development of the team’s Mobile Health Units, and supports the launch and development of the AMC’s clinical trials and investigator-initiated clinical studies. She is also a member of the South Carolina Center for Excellence in Addiction providing statewide training and technical assistance supporting clinical decision making and the use of medication for opioid use disorder.

How their research is transforming health care

Dr. Strong’s work in Addiction Medicine is driving meaningful changes in healthcare by informing clinical practice, advocating for screening and early intervention in the inpatient setting, breaking down barriers to care by reducing stigma and working to develop system wide programmatic pathways to increase access to care. She has been fortunate enough to work on projects that disseminate evidence on the effectiveness of harm reduction strategies, community-based interventions, and collaborative care models – allowing her to advocate for policies and practices that prioritize equitable access to treatment and support services. Dr. Strong is passionate about research and knowledge sharing and continues to advance education and training for a variety of healthcare professionals through the dissemination of evidence-based practice and the development of a strong sense of interdisciplinary collaboration in substance use care. Her educational contributions are helping to develop a workforce that is better equipped to address the evolving challenges of addiction medicine and provide compassionate, effective care to individuals and communities affected by substance use disorders. She has an interest in continuing to explore the complex interplay between addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions, physical health issues, and social determinants of health. By investigating integrated care approaches that address the holistic needs of patients, including mental health support, chronic disease management, and social services, she aims to contribute to improving overall health outcomes and quality of life for individuals with addiction.

Health research keywords

Addiction Medicine, Substance use disorder, Opioid Use Disorder, People who Inject Drugs, Health Policy, Substance use affecting Pregnancy, Addiction Medicine Training and Technical Assistance, Clinical Trials, Programamatic Development

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