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Ekaterina Burduli

Ekaterina Burduli

Assistant Professor 509-324-7321 SNRS 314D 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Dr. Ekaterina Burduli is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University. Dr. Burduli’s primary research focuses on the birth outcomes of women who use substances during pregnancy and their infants, and the development of novel interventions for perinatal women with substance use disorders. Dr. Burduli’s work will lead to a better and more thorough examination of the birth experience among substance using mothers and holds great promise to identify points of intervention, improve health outcomes for both mother and child, and ultimately, reduce health disparities for substance using perinatal women and their infants. She has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has contributed to and is leading several NIH-funded grants as well, most recently an NIDA-funded Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) that will adapt an existing mobile NAS tool for high-risk pregnant women and assess its usability, acceptability, and feasibility in a small randomized controlled trial, and engage in career development and training activities that will enhance expertise in the development, implementation, and testing of interventions for substance using perinatal women. Dr. Burduli also has a high level of statistical methodology expertise in psychometrics, structural equation modeling, and clinical trial data analysis, as well as growing experience with a variety of different statistical analyses.

Eka’s CV


  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), Washington State University, Spokane, WA
  • PhD, Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • MS, Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • BS, Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Research Strengths
Maternal Health, Health Disparities, Substance Use in Perinatal Women, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Health-related survey development and validation

Funded Research
“Effective Caregiving for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Development of an Instructional Mobile Technology Platform for High-Risk Pregnant Women”. Ekaterina Burduli, PhD (PI), Sterling McPherson, PhD (Primary Mentor), Hendree Jones, PhD (Co-Mentor), Celestina Barbosa-Leiker PhD, (Consultant), John Roll, PhD (Consultant), Ron Kim Johnson, MBA (Consultant). NIDA, K01, $827,038. 07/01/2020-06/30/2025.

“Development and testing of a health communication risk reduction campaign to decrease marijuana use during pregnancy.” Jessica Fitts Willoughby, PhD (Co-PI), Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD (Co-PI), Stacey J. T. Hust, PhD (Co-I), Ekaterina Burduli, PhD (Co-I), Benjamin Pingel, MA (Co-I), Olivia Brooks, MS (Co-I). Washington State University Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program, $30,000. 07/2020-12/2021.

“Real-time breathalyzer monitoring and contingency management for alcohol use in American Indian women”. Ekaterina Burduli, PhD (Co-PI), Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD (Co-PI), Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) Research Education Program and Pilot Project, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), $38,774, P60AA026112. 04/2019-12/2020.

“Perceptions of pregnant and postpartum American Indian women on cannabis use during pregnancy.” Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD (Co-PI), Olivia Brooks, MS (Co-PI), Maria Gartstein, PhD (Co-I), Crystal Lederhos Smith, MS (Co-I), Ekaterina Burduli, PhD (Co-I). Washington State University Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program. $25,000. 12/2019-12/2021.

“Sex Differences in Associations Among ADRD, Depression, and Quality of Life in American Indians”. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD (PI), Ekaterina Burduli, PhD (Co-I). Native Alzheimer’s Disease-related Resource Center in Minority Aging Research (NAD-RCMAR) Research Education Program and Pilot Project, National Institute of Aging (NIA) $25,000, P30 AG059295. 02/2019-09/2020.

“Rising Strong Regional Partnership: Family Centered Treatment and Housing.” Nadine Van Stone, Catholic Charities Spokane (PI), Michael McDonell, PhD (Co-I), Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD (Co-I), Oladunni Oluwoye, PhD (Co-I), Ekaterina Burduli, PhD (Co-I). SAMHSA, $625,218. 09/2017-9/2022.

“Maternal Risk Factors and Birth Outcomes in Washington State.” Ekaterina Burduli, PhD (PI), Dedra Buchwald, MD (Co-I), Sterling McPherson, PhD (Co-I), Clemma Muller, PhD (Co-I), Colin Martin, PhD (Co-I), Caroline Hollins Martin, PhD, (Co-I). Washington State University Health Equity Seed Grant, $8,900. 10/2017-12/2020.
“The impact of access to care on adherence to methadone maintenance treatment in Spokane County”. Ofer Amram, PhD (PI), Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD (Co-I), John Roll, PhD (Co-I), Ekaterina Burduli, PhD (Co-I). WSU New Faculty Seed Grant. 06/2018-07/2019.

“Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Primer, Reference and Decision Support Tool.” Ron Kim Johnson, PhD (Co-PI), Michael Yuan, PhD (Co-PI), Sterling McPherson, PhD (Site PI), Ekaterina Burduli, PhD, (Biostatistician). National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), $999,006 (Washington State University site: $335,000). 9/25/17–06/30/20.

“Behavioral health collaborative for rural American Indian communities”. Sterling McPherson, PhD (Co-PI), Dedra Buchwald, MD (Co-PI), et al, Ekaterina Burduli, PhD (Post-doctoral Research Associate). National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) $6,713,841, P20 MD006871. 02/2017-02/2019.

Methodological Strengths
Psychometrics, Structural Equation Modeling, Clinical trial data analysis


  • Association for Psychological Science, 2012-present
  • American Psychological Association, 2011-present
  • Psi Chi: National Honor Society, 2007-present
  • Psychometric Society, 2015-2017

Honors and Awards
2020 Graduate Faculty Excellence Award, College of Nursing, Washington State University

Selected Publications
Lederhos Smith, C., Jenkins, G., Burduli, E., Tham, P., Miguel, A., Roll, J., McPherson, S. (In Press). Crossover Associations of Alcohol and Smoking, Craving and Biochemically Verified Alcohol and Nicotine Use in Heavy Drinking Smokers. Behavioral Pharmacology.

Burduli, E., Lederhos Smith, C., Tham, P., Shogun, M., Johnson, K. R., McPherson, S. (2020). Development and Application of a Primer and Reference Assessment Tool for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Phase I Pilot Study. Contemporary Clinical Trials.

Barbosa-Leiker, C., Burduli, E., Lederhos Smith, C., Brooks, O., Orr, M., Gartstein, M. (In press). Daily Marijuana Use During Pregnancy in a State with Legalized Recreational Marijuana. Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Booth-LaForce, C., Oxford, M., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Burduli, E., Buchwald, D. (2020). Randomized Controlled Trial of the Promoting First Relationships® Preventive Intervention for Primary Caregivers and Toddlers in an American Indian Community. Prevention Science. doi: 10.1007/s11121-019-01053-x. PMID: 31754964

Davis, A., Lippe, M. Burduli, E., Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2019). Development of New Undergraduate Palliative Care Knowledge Measures. Journal of Professional Nursing.

Schenk, E., Brunelli, V., Burduli, E. A Tool to Measure Nurses’ Perceptions of Electronic Documentation: Exploratory Factor Analysis. (2020). Journal of Nursing Measurement. DOI: 10.1891/JNM-D-18-00079

Orr, M., Burduli, E., Hirchak, K., Dotson, J., Young, S. L., Nelson, L., Lennstrom, E., Slaney, T., Bush, T., Gillaspy, S. R., Roll, J. M., Buchwald, D., McPherson, S. (2019). Culturally-Tailored Text-Messaging Intervention for Smoking Cessation in Rural American Indian Communities: Rationale, Design, and Methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. doi: 10.1016/j.conctc.2019.100363

Schenk, E., Demorest, S., Cook, C., Burduli, E. (2019). Chant: Climate, Health and Nursing Tool Development: Item Development and Exploratory Factor Analysis. Annual Review of Nursing Research. DOI: 10.1891/0739-6686.38.97.

Barbosa-Leiker, C., Holliday, C., Burduli, E., Howell, D., Wynne, M., Numkena, N., Ford, C., Katz, J. (2019). Development of a community program capacity scale for a rural American Indian tribe. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 27:2, DOI:10.1891/1061-3749.27.2.E95

Burduli, E., Skalisky, J., Hirchak, K., Orr, M. F., Foote, A., Granbois, A., Ries, R., Roll, J., McDonell, M. G., Buchwald, D., McPherson, S. (2018). Contingency management intervention targeting co-addiction of alcohol and drugs among American Indian adults: Design, methodology, and baseline data. Clinical Trials. DOI: 10.1177/1740774518796151

McPherson, S., Burduli, E., Orr, M. F., Herron, J., Oluwoye, O., Lederhos Smith, C., Hirchak, K., McDonell, M., Roll, J. (2018). Current Perspectives on the Role of Contingency Management in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorder. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, 9:43-57. DOI: 10.2147/SAR.S138439

McPherson, S., Burduli, E., Lederhos Smith, C., Brooks, O., Orr, M. F., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Hoekstra, T., McDonell, M. G., Murphy, S., Layton, M., Roll, J. (2018). Predictors of tobacco and alcohol co-use from ages 15 to 32: The Amsterdam Growth and Health Longitudinal Study. Experimental and Clinical PsychoPharmacology. DOI: 10.1037/pha0000203

Sattler, V., Burduli, E., Smart, D., Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2018). Exploratory factor analysis of the Caffrey Cultural Competency in Healthcare Scale. Journal of Nursing Measurement. DOI: 10.1891/1061-3749.26.1.186

Oluwoye, O., Skalisky, J., Burduli, E., Chaytor, N., McPherson, S., Murphy, Herron, J., Hirchak, K., Burley, M., Ries, R., Roll, J., McDonell, G. M. (2018). Using a Randomized Controlled Trial to Test whether Modifications to Contingency Management Improve Outcomes for Heavy Drinkers with Serious Mental Illness. Contemporary Clinical Trials. DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2018.04.010

Martin, C.R., Hollins Martin, C.J., Burduli, E., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Donovan-Batson, C. and Fleming, S.E. (2018). The Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R): Should the sub-scale scores or the total score be used? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2018.1490498

Orr, M. F, Lederhos Smith, C., Finley, M., Martin, S. C., Brooks, O., Oluwoye, O., Leickly, E., McDonell, M. G., Burduli, E., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Layton, M., Roll, J. M., McPherson, S. M. (2018). Pilot investigation: Randomized controlled analog trial for alcohol and tobacco smoking co-Addiction using contingency management. Behavioral Pharmacology. DOI: 10.1097/FBP.0000000000000379

Barbosa-Leiker, C., McPherson, S., Layton, M., Burduli, E., Roll, J., Ling, W. (2018). Examining sex differences in opioid use trajectories in the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) 0003. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. DOI: 10.1080/00952990.2018.1458234

Oluwoye, O., Monroe-DeVita, M., Burduli, E., Chwastiak, L., McPherson, S., McClellan, J. M., McDonell, M. G (2017). The Impact of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Cannabis use on treatment outcomes among patients with first episode psychosis: Data from the National RAISE-ETP Study. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1111/eip.12542

Burduli, E., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Fleming, S. E., Hollins Martin, C.J., Martin, C. (2017). Cross-cultural invariance of the birth satisfaction scale- revised: Comparing UK and US samples. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 35:3, 248-260, DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2017.1310374

Fleming, S. E., Donovan Batson, C. M., Burduli, E., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Hollins Martin, C.J., Martin, C. (2016). Birth Satisfaction Scale/Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS/BSS-R): A large scale United States Planned Home Birth and Birth Center Survey. Midwifery. DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2016.07.008

Martin, C.R., Hollins Martin, C.J., Burduli, E., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Donovan-Batson, C. and Fleming, S.E. (2016). Measurement and structural invariance of the US version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) in a large sample. Women and Birth. DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2016.11.006

Updated 8/2020