Jeffrey Bratberg, Pharm.D., FAPhA

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Dr. Bratberg studies the essential and emerging roles community pharmacists play regarding opioid overdose, harm reduction and opioid use disorders as a clinical professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Rhode Island. He works with student pharmacists to advocate for pharmacists’ expanded roles in medication access, public health promotion, and policy change. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) and he co-produces and co-hosts a public health pharmacy podcast, “The Regimen.”

His clinical practice site is the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) in Providence, Rhode Island. Here, he serves as the Academic Collaborations Officer in the RIDOH Academic Institute.

Dr. Bratberg is an active member of the Rhode Island Pharmacists’ Association (RIPA), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research on Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA), and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD).


Opioid Safety, Overdose Prevention, Harm Reduction, Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT),Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), Decriminalization, Public Health, Immunizations, Pharmacy Advocacy, Reproductive Autonomy, Hepatitis C


B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, North Dakota State University (NDSU), 1998
Minors in Microbiology and Chemistry

Doctor of Pharmacy, NDSU, 2000

PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Froedtert Hospital, 2001

PGY2 Infectious Diseases/Critical Care Residency, Henry Ford Hospital, 2002

Fellow, American Pharmacists Association, 2019

Selected Publications

Suen L, Winograd R, Bratberg J, Incze M, Englander H, Thakrar K, Poland C, Calcaterra S, Cushman P. “Methadone’s Resurgence: Bridging the Treatment Gap in the Overdose Crisis.” Accepted Substance Use and Addiction Journal OPEN ACCESS

Irwin A, Gray M, Ventricelli D, Boggis J, Bratberg J, Floyd A, Silcox J, Hartung D, Green T. “I go out of my way to give them an extra smile now”: A qualitative study of pharmacists who participated in Respond to Prevent, a stigma-reducing intervention to accelerate provision of harm reduction materials.” Res Social Admin Pharm Published online February 10, 2024:S1551-7411(24)00048-2. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2024.02.001

Covvey JR, Bratberg JP. Actions speak louder than words: Taking a stand for reproductive health care and gender-affirming care. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 2024;64(1):174-178. doi:10.1016/j.japh.2023.11.024

Bratberg JP, Simmons A, Arya V, Bhatia A, Vakharia SP. Support, don’t punish: Drug decriminalization is harm reduction. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 2023;63(1):224-229. doi:10.1016/j.japh.2022.12.017 **2023 Most Downloaded (> 8000X) paper in JAPhA**

Jarrett JB, Bratberg JP, Hill L, DiPaula BA, Wu LT, Green TC, Elmes A, Cochran G, Hsia SL, Matthews ML. Research Priorities for Expansion of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in the Community Pharmacy. Substance Abuse. Published online October 30, 2023:08897077231203849. doi:10.1177/08897077231203849

Green, T., Bratberg, J., & Finnell, D.S. Opioid use disorder and the COVID 19 pandemic: A call to sustain regulatory easements and further expand access to treatment. Subst Abuse. 2020;41(2).147-9.

Strand MA, Bratberg J, Eukel H, Hardy M, Williams C. Community Pharmacists’ Contributions to Disease Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Prev Chronic Dis 2020;17:8.

Green TC, Serafinski R, Clark SA, Rich JD, Bratberg J. Physician-Delegated Unobserved Induction with Buprenorphine in Pharmacies. N Engl J Med. 2023;388(2):185-186.

Habchi J, Thomas AM, Sprecht-Walsh S, Elenita Goris E, Bratberg J, Hurley L, Hart S, Taylor L. “Optimizing Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Treatment in a US Colocated HCV/Opioid Agonist Therapy Program.” Open Forum Infect Dis 2020;7(10):ofaa310.

Bratberg JP, Smothers ZPW, Collins K, Erstad B, Ruiz Veve J, Muzyk AJ. Pharmacists and the opioid crisis: A narrative review of pharmacists’ practice roles. J Am Coll Clin Pharm 2020;3(2):478–84.

Green TC, Davis C, Xuan Z, Walley A, Bratberg J. “Laws mandating co-prescription of naloxone and their impact on naloxone prescription in five US states, 2014-2018.” Am J Pub Health. 2020; 110(6):881-887.

Walsh K, Bratberg J. “Plan N: The Case For Over-The-Counter Naloxone, ” Health Affairs Blog, July 2, 2021.DOI: 10.1377/hblog20210630.42921.

Bratberg J. Pharmacy: Addressing substance use in the 21st century. Subst Abus 2019;1–14.

Sun T, Buchanan AL, Bratberg JP, Patry E, Matson KL. Rx for Addiction and Medication Safety (RAMS-PEER): Evaluation of an Education and Peer Program on Opioid Misuse. Prev Chronic Dis 2020;17:E37.

Tran T, Ball J, Bratberg J, DeSimone E, Franko T, Hill L, Koh-Knox Sharp C, Palombi L, Ventricelli D, Farrell D, Gandhi N, Moore T. “Report of the 2020 Special Committee on Substance Use and Pharmacy Education.” Am
J Pharm Ed. 2020;84(11):8421

Green T, Case P, Fiske H, Baird J, Cabral S, Burstein D, Schwartz V, Potter N, Walley A, Bratberg J. “Perpetuating stigma or reducing risk? Perspectives from naloxone consumers and pharmacists on pharmacy-based naloxone in 2 states.” J Am Pharm Assoc 2017 Feb 14. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2017.01.013.

Green TC, Donovan E, Klug B, Case P, Burstein D, Baird J, Tapper A, Walley A, Bratberg J. “Revisiting pharmacy-based naloxone with pharmacists and naloxone consumers in 2 states: 2017 perspectives and evolving approaches.” J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2020;60(5):740–9.

Kurian S, Baloy B, Baird J, Burstein D, Xuan Z, Bratberg J, Tapper A, Walley A, Green T. Attitudes and perceptions of naloxone dispensing among a sample of Massachusetts community pharmacy technicians. J Am Pharm Assoc. September 2019. doi:10.1016/j.japh.2019.08.009.

Honors and Awards

  • URI Foundation & Alumni Engagement Scholarly Excellence Award, 2023
  • APhA/NASPA Bowl of Hygeia Award “Pharmacist of the Year”, 2022
  • Fellow, American Pharmacists Association (FAPhA), 2019
  • APhA Cardinal Health Generation Rx Award of Excellence, 2016
  • RIPA Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champion Award, 2015
  • Rhode Island Pharmacists’ Association Guido L. Pettinicchio Award, 2008
  • Pharmacists’ Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year, 2006