Epstein, Joel

Research Associate Professor

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Epstein, Joel

Degree: PhD
Academic Title: Research Associate Professor
Office Phone: 314-516-8421


Missouri Psychologist #1616 (1992 -)


Post-Doctoral Fellow in Computer Applications for Mental Health (1993)
– Missouri Institute of Mental Health; Saint Louis, MO

PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology (1992)
– University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC

BA in Psychology (1987)
– University of Kansas; Lawrence, KS


Dr. Epstein has been the principal investigator on several National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Science Education Partnership Awards. The focus of each of these projects has been to develop innovative multimedia approaches to teach students about the biological bases of addictions. These projects have resulted in a number of curriculum materials including websites, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and workbooks. NIDA has distributed some of these materials to over 19,000 schools nationwide.

Dr. Epstein also has extensive experience developing programs for mobile phones. With support from a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, he created the Suicide Lifeguard app that provides helpful information to first responders who encounter individuals who have suicidal ideation. Working with Bridgeway Behavioral Health, he also created an app for adolescents in their substance abuse treatment program. The app, Bridges to Sobriety, uses an innovative mix of evidence-based techniques and interactive gameplay to promote knowledge and positive health outcomes.


2009 NIDA application included in University of Missouri’s “Model Proposal” portfolio
1996 Top 100 Multimedia Producers, A/V Video – Multimedia Producer Magazine
1994 Outstanding Scientist Award from Missouri Alliance for Mentally Ill

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