Noelle Leonard
Noelle Leonard, PhD
CDUHR - Associate Director, Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core
NYU Silver School of Social Work - Associate Research Scientist
Columbia University - Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College
PhD, Counseling Psychology/School Psychology
MA, Special Education, Adelphi University
BA, English/Theatre, Salve Regina College
Research Interests
Behavioral interventions, At-risk adolescents, Mindfulness, Mobile health technology, Health disparities
Noelle Leonard is a Senior Research Scientist at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and an Associate Director in the Transdisciplinary Research Methods (TRM) Core. Her expertise is in designing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating behavioral interventions for highly vulnerable adults, adolescents, and families including those who are infected with, or at-risk for, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as those at risk for or dealing with issues related to substance use, and other mental health and behavioral problems. She has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on NIH-funded research studies using a variety of intervention strategies including mobile health, ambulatory assessment of physiological states, and mindfulness meditation. These studies have involved incarcerated youth, young men who have sex with men (YMSM), runaway/homeless youth, high-risk and HIV-infected adults, and at-risk adolescent mothers.

In her role on the TRM core, she assists CDUHR affiliated investigators who are planning or conducting intervention studies and participates in several activities of the Pilot Projects and Mentoring core including serving as a mentor for junior investigators who are developing and conducting CDUHR-funded pilot projects. She developed the CDUHR assessment measures database and is the point person for investigators who are searching for appropriate measures for developing grant proposals and conducting funded projects.
Principal Investigator, HIV Risk and Substance Use in Adolescent Couples. Completed
Principal Investigator, Integrating Behavioral Skills with a Mobile Biosensor for At-Risk Teen Mothers. Completed
Principal Investigator, It’s Ladies’ Night: Feasibility of a Mobile Health Technology for Problem (Risky) Drinking by Undergraduate Women. Completed
Principal Investigator, Prevention Intervention for Drug Use and Related Behaviors for Incarcerated Youth. Completed


Tofighi B, Leonard N, Greco P, Hadavand A, Acosta MC, Lee JD (2018).
Technology use patterns among patients enrolled in inpatient detoxification treatment
Journal of Addiction Medicine [Epub 2018 Dec 20]. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000494.

McNeely J, Haley SJ, Smith AJ, Leonard NR, Cleland CM, Ferdschneider M, Calderoni M, Sleiter L, Ciotoli C, Adam A (2018).
Computer self-administered screening for substance use in university student health centers
Journal of American College Health [Epub 2018 Sep 21]. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1498852.

Gwadz M, Freeman R, Leonard NR, Kutnick A, Silverman E, Ritchie A, Bolas J, Cleland CM, Tabac L, Hirsch M, Powlovich J (2018).
Understanding organizations serving runaway and homeless youth: A multi-setting, multi-perspective qualitative exploration
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal [Epub 2018 Jul 16]. doi: 10.1007/s10560-018-0563-3.

Gwadz M, Leonard NR, Honig S, Freeman R, Kutnick A, Ritchie AS (2018).
Doing battle with “the monster:” How high-risk heterosexuals experience and successfully manage HIV stigma as a barrier to HIV testing
International Journal of Equity Health, 17 (1), 46. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0761-9. PMCID: PMC5910579.

Gwadz M, Freeman RM, Kutnick AH, Silverman E, Ritchie AS, Cleland CM, Leonard NR, Srinagesh A, Powlovich J, Bolas J (2018).
Do programs for runaway and homeless youth work? A qualitative exploration from the perspectives of youth clients in diverse settings
Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 112. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00112. PMCID: PMC5916963.

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