Graduate Student Presents MARTI-CBH Research on First Responders in Opioid Epidemic

Posted on 3/19/2019 12:00:01 PM

Shayna Morrison, a PhD student in the Administration and Leadership Studies Program, recently presented the research work of MARTI-CBH faculty and researchers at the 2019 Eastern Sociological Society meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Shayna presented the research work titled “‘We enable them because we give them free Narcan’: The narrative work of compassion fatigue among first responders in the opioid epidemic.”

This research focuses on understanding how rural first responders use self-narratives to manage their emotions in response to the opioid crisis, negotiate expectations of their own resiliency, and disengage from work that is often quite personal.Shayna Morrison, PhD student in the Administration and Leadership Studies, presents MARTI-CBH research at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in Boston MA

Morrison said of her experience at the conference, “It was such an honor presenting our work at this year’s ESS Conference,” adding, “Everyone was so engaged with our research. The conversation was lively and layered.”

Lead author for the paper, Christian Vaccaro, said of the research, “Learning more about the self-narratives of first responders will hopefully lead to more useful tools and training for coping with difficult responses and maintaining quality services on difficult calls.”

This paper is part of the MARTI-CBH Opioid Prevention and Community Health (OPACH) initiative to develop new tools to combat the current crisis.