Community Rounds
April 10, 2024

The Fourth Wave of the U.S. Overdose Crisis: Disseminating Incentive-Based Interventions for Stimulant Use Disorder into Rural Community Settings

Tyler Erath, PhD

Our speaker is Tyler Erath, PhD, NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health at the University of Vermont. This presentation explores the role of psychomotor stimulants in the ongoing overdose crisis and discusses contingency management treatment for stimulant use, including current obstacles to its use in community settings.

Learning objectives:

  1. Review the role of stimulants in drug-involved overdose deaths in the U.S.
  2. Define contingency management (CM) as a treatment for stimulant use disorder
  3. Describe current challenges to using CM and some efforts to overcome them
  4. Explore CM components such as financing, protocol considerations, using technology-based CM apps, and ways to implement CM in rural areas
  5. Discuss the role of certificate programs as training opportunities for health professionals including in rural areas


Tyler Erath, PhD

Tyler Erath, PhD

Tyler Erath is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont. He received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2021. Dr. Erath’s research is broadly focused on behavioral health, substance use disorders, and health disparities. A central tenet that connects his research aspirations is to integrate evidence-based practices into real-world, community settings. His current research includes collaborative work with local syringe service programs (SSPs) examining substance use and treatment interest among SSP service recipients.