Alicia Bunger, MSW, PhD is an associate professor in the College of Social Work at the Ohio State University. Her research addresses the central question: how can human service organizations and professionals work together to improve service access, quality, and outcomes for the communities they serve? She writes about interorganizational relationships and networks, organizational context, and front-line practices that promote implementation and coordinated care across child welfare, mental health, and substance use treatment systems. Currently, she is investigating strategies for implementing interventions that depend on collaboration across systems, in partnership with Ohio child welfare agencies implementing START (a model for expediting substance use treatment access for parents who enter the child welfare system due to addiction).
To build capacity for dissemination and implementation research across a broad spectrum of health and human service settings, Dr. Bunger teaches a specialized implementation research course (since 2015) for social work doctoral students at OSU, mentors students and faculty, and consults with other investigators on campus on their implementation-related proposals (e.g. pharmacy, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, education). She reviews for Implementation Science, the TIDIRH training, and the annual D&I conference. She also served as a co-chair for the Organizations and Management cluster (2017-2019) for the Society for Social Work and Research, where a specialized track for implementation research was formed and has flourished.
For Dr. Bunger, the IRI provided world-class research mentorship and enduring interdisciplinary partnerships with other implementation scholars. As a direct result, this has continued to lead to grant proposals, publications, conference presentations, and a steady stream of new research ideas.