Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 616
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-7603
Fax: (205) 934-7959

Research Interests

Dr. Schumacher has devoted his academic and professional career to the investigation of evidence-based behavioral treatment of drug addiction and associated social, mental health, and more recently, HIV/AIDS consequences. Studied contingency management and behavioral day treatment interventions are being transported domestically and considered for large scale global translation to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic in parts of the world at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS transmission associated with opiate injection drug use, specifically, China and Eastern Europe. Dr. Schumacher also serves as Director of the Behavioral Sciences Core at the UAB Center for AIDS Research and is a member of the Center for the Study of Community Health.

Educational Background

  • University of Cincinnati, B.A., Psychology 1979
  • West Georgia College, M.A., Humanistic Psychology 1980
  • University of Alabama, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology 1991
  • Fla Mental Health Institute, Intern, Clinical Psychology 1991

Professional Activities

  • American Psychological Association (Clinical and Substance Abuse Divisions)
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependency, Elected Member

Selected Recent Publications

  • Qian, H.Z., Schumacher, J.E., Chen, H.T., Ruan, Y.H. (2006). Injection drug use and HIV/AIDS in China: Review of current situation, prevention and policy implications. Harm Reduction Journal, 3, 4.
  • Schumacher, J.E., Milby, J.B., Wallace, D., Meehan, D-C., Kertesz, S., Vuchinich, R., Dunning, J., Usdan, S. (2007). Meta-analysis of day treatment and contingency management dismantling research: Birmingham Homeless Cocaine Studies (1990-2006). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75(5), 823-828.
  • Schumacher, J.E., Fischer, G., Qian, H.Z. (2007). Policy drives harm reduction for drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in some developing countries. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 91, 300-305.
  • Milby, J. B., Schumacher, J. E. (2007). Effective treatment of homeless substance abusers: Role of contingency management. In S. T. Higgins and K. Silverman (Eds). Contingency Management in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders (161-181). New York, NY: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Kertesz, S.G., Pletcher, M.J., Safford, M., Halanych, J., Kirk, K., Schumacher, J.E., Sidney, S., & Kiefe, C. (2007). Illicit drug use in young adults and subsequent decline in general health: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 88, 224-233. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2006.10.017
  • Kostyantyn V. Dumchev, Ruslan Soldyshev, Han-Zhu Qian, Olexandr O. Zezyulin, Susan D. Chandler, Pavel Slobodyanyuk, Larisa Moroz and Joseph E. Schumacher (3 Aug 2009). HIV and hepatitis C virus infections among hanka injection drug users in central Ukraine: A cross-sectional survey. Harm Reduction Journal, 6:23
  • Bray, J. H., Milburn, N. G., Cowan, B. A., Gross, S. Z., Ponce, A. N., Schumacher, J., & Toro, P. A. (2010). Helping people without homes: The role of Psychologists and recommendations to advance training, research, practice and policy: Report of the 2009 Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness. Washington, DC, American Psychological Association.
  • Lawrence, S.T., Willig, J.H., Crane, H. M., Ye, J., Aban, I., Lober, W., Nevin, C. R., Batey, D.S., Mugavero, M. J., McCullumsmith, C., Wright, C., Kitahata, M., Raper, J.L., Saag, M.S., Schumacher, J. E. (15 April, 2010). Routine, self-administered, touch-screen computer-based suicidal ideation assessment linked to automated response team notification in an HIV primary care setting. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 50(8), 1165-1173.
  • Milby, J. B., Schumacher, J. E., Wallace, D., Vuchinich, R., Mennemeyer, S. T., & Kertesz, S. G. Effects of sustained abstinence among treated substance-abusing homeless persons on housing and employment. (2010). American Journal of Public Health, 100(5), 913-918. PMCID: PMC2853629
  • Vlasova, N., Schumacher, J. E., Oryschhuk, O., Dumchev, K., Slobodyyanyuk, P., Moroz, V. M., Kim, Y., Houser, S. (2011). STEPS outpatient program improves alcohol treatment outcomes in Ukrainian Regional Narcological Dispensary. Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, 10(1), 6-13.


  • Appointed Member, American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Psychology’s Contribution to End Homelessness