Valerie Hruschak



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Valerie Hruschak earned her Bachelor of Social Work (2008) and her Master of Social Work (2010) in Canada from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan where she also taught for the School of Social Work.  In addition, she completed a two year Post-Graduate Certification in Pain Management (2012) through the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.  She has practice experience across the continuum of care and primarily in mental health and substance use services, with a specialization in pain management.  Within a hospital setting Hruschak has worked as part of the Chemical Dependency Team, in addition to the Clinical Social Worker for the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.  In a community setting, she worked with the Interior Health Authority, in the province of British Columbia, providing outpatient psychotherapy for children and youth, as well as for the adult system.  Hruschak has also assumed various leadership roles within Mental Health and Substance Use Services including a managerial position in direct operations and a position in policy and planning for programs at the provincial level.  Her research interests include evidence based practice in pain management with an emphasis on vulnerable populations including mental health and substance use comorbidities.

Selected Publications

Hruschak, V., Cochran, G. & Wasan, AD. (In Press). Psychosocial interventions for chronic pain and comorbid opioid misuse: a review of the literature. Journal of Opioid Management.

Hruschak, V., & Cochran, G. (2017). Psychosocial and environmental factors in the prognosis of individuals with chronic pain and comorbid mental health. Social Work in Health Care, 56(7), 573-587.

Cochran, G., Hruschak, V., Abdullah, W., Krans, E. Douaihy, A., Bobby, S., Fusco., R., & Tarter, R. (In Press). Optimizing Pregnancy Treatment Interventions for Moms (OPTI-Mom): A Pilot study. Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Cochran, G., Hruschak, V., Bacci, J., & Hohmeier, K. (In Press). A Latent Class Analysis of Behavioral, Mental, and Physical Health Characteristics and Their Association with Opioid Medication Misuse Among Community Pharmacy Patients (In Press).

Cochran, G., Hruschak, V., Defosse, B., Hohmeier, K.C. (2016). Prescription Opioid Abuse: Pharmacists' Perspective and Response. Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice, 5, 65-73

Cochran, G. T., Engel, R. J., Hruschak, V. J., & Tarter, R. E. (2017). Prescription Opioid Misuse among Rural Community Pharmacy Patients: Pilot Study for Screening and Implications for Future Practice and Research. Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 30(5), 498–505.

Cochran, G., Bacci, J., Ylioja, T., Hruschak, V., Miller, S., Seybert, A., & Tarter, R. (2016). Prescription opioid use: Patient characteristics and misuse in community pharmacy. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 56, 3, 248-256.

Research Posters

Hruschak, V. (2016). Integrated Psychosocial Interventions for Chronic Pain and Comorbid Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders. Poster presented at the IASP 16th World Congress on Pain. Yokohama, Japan.

Hruschak, V. & Cochran, G. (2016). Psychosocial predictors in the transition from acute to chronic pain: A systematic review. Poster presented at AMERSA 40th Annual National Conference in Washington, DC.

Hruschak, V. (2014). An Evidence Based Approach to Chronic Pain and Co-Morbid Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (A Prospective and Observational Study). Poster presented at the IASP 15th World Congress on Pain. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hruschak, V. (2014). An Evidence Based Approach to Chronic Pain and Co-Morbid Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (A Prospective and Observational Study).  Poster presented at the Keystone Symposia on the Brain: Adaption and Maladaptation of Chronic Pain. Colorado, United States.

Hruschak, V. (2012). An Evidence Based Approach to Chronic Pain and Co-Morbid Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (A Prospective and Observational Study).  Poster presented at Shaping Health Services and Policy Through Research. Kelowna, British Columbia.