Maxim Polonsky, PhD

IMG_1213GHES US Fellow 2013-2014

Current position: Postdoctoral Associate in Medicine (AIDS), Yale School of Public Health

Fellowship site: UIPHP, Kyiv, Ukraine
Mentoring US institution: Yale University

Research interest: Opiod substitution therapy (OST) acceptance and sustainability in Ukraine

Dr. Maxim Polonsky is currently a postdoctoral associate in medicine (AIDS) at Yale School of Public Health. Maxim's career goal is to be an independent researcher at the interface of social marketing, consumer psychology, and public health. Maxim received his PhD in Marketing and Consumer Behavior, as well as a complimentary graduate certificate in quantitative research methods in psychology, that reinforces his interdisciplinary orientation. As a PhD candidate he was awarded the School of Business Outstanding PhD Student Scholar Award, a program-wide recognition that is given to one PhD student each year. His research resulted in several publications, national and international conference presentations, and invited lectures.

Maxim spent his fellowship year at the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy in Kyiv, under the mentorship of Frederick L. Altice, MD, MA. His research focused on developing and introducing social marketing strategies to reverse the negative attitudes about opioid substitution therapy (OST), and educe behavioral change towards OST acceptance and sustainability for Ukrainian providers and patients alike.

These are selected publications associated with the fellowship:


Determinants of willingness to enroll in opioid agonist treatment among opioid dependent people who inject drugs in Ukraine.

Attitudes Toward Addiction, Methadone Treatment, and Recovery Among HIV-Infected Ukrainian Prisoners Who Inject Drugs: Incarceration Effects and Exploration of Mediators.

Accessing methadone within Moldovan prisons: Prejudice and myths amplified by peers.

The Influence of Medication Attitudes on Utilization of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in Indonesian Prisons.

Challenges to implementing opioid substitution therapy in Ukrainian prisons: Personnel attitudes toward addiction, treatment, and people with HIV/AIDS.