University of Central Florida
MATTHEW P. ABRAMS B.A. is a 3rd year medical student at the University of Central
Florida College of Medicine (UCFCOM) in Orlando, Florida. Matt earned his Bachelors in Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience Track with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard University. Upon graduation, Matt completed a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship in Madrid, Spain. Matt plans to specialize in psychiatry and subspecialize in addiction psychiatry or in emergency medicine and subspecialize in addiction medicine.
Matt’s interest in addiction and mental health disparities research has continued to grow over time, evolving from his support role at UCSD’s alcohol and drug genetics lab to a public service fellow at Stepping Stone Drug and Alcohol treatment center (specializing in LGBTQI+ populations) to his participation in the Yale REACH (Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally-informed Healthcare) Program. While in medical school, he has published on topics including mental health stigma, assessment of acute opioid overdose resuscitation, barriers to HIV study participation, and cultural competence.
His research interests include opioid use disorder and interventions to curb the opioid crisis, reducing risky alcohol use and misuse, patient safety, stress, protective factors for mental health (e.g. resilience), and health services research that can improve the physical health and mental health of underserved communities. He is also interested in intersectionality research, specifically engaging LGBTQ minority and racial/ethnic minority communities to inform policy changes to help achieve health equity for marginalized populations in the United States.