Courtney McKnight
Courtney McKnight, DrPH
NYU College of Global Public Health - Clinical Assistant Professor
DrPH, Public Health, CUNY Graduate Center
MPH, Public Health, Hunter College
BA, Sociology, Rutgers University
Research Interests
Substance use policy, Health care access for people who use drugs
Courtney McKnight has over 20 years of public health experience, with a significant background in socio-behavioral research related to substance use, as well as field experience as a harm reduction service provider. Dr. McKnight served as the Assistant Director of Research at the Chemical Dependency Institute (CDI) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During her tenure at CDI, Dr. McKnight served as co-investigator and project director on numerous federally funded research studies, including evaluations of health promotion programs, interventions to increase access to medical care, and investigations of the drivers that contribute to disparate rates of disease. In addition to her professional experience, Dr. McKnight completed her doctoral degree in Public Health at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation was focused on investigating the impact of Medicaid coverage of methadone and buprenorphine on treatment access for opioid dependent Medicaid beneficiaries. Dr. McKnight’s current research interests include substance use policy and health care accessibility for people who use drugs.
Principal Investigator, Examination of Opioid Overdose Prevention Behaviors Among People Who Use Drugs. Active
Principal Investigator, Poly Drug Use and Overdose Risk Among Individuals Using Methamphetamine and Opioids. Active
Principal Investigator, Knowledge and Perceptions of Fentanyl Among Opioid Users and Service Providers. Completed


Des Jarlais DC, McKnight C, Arasteh K, Feelemyer J, Ross Z, Cooper HLF (2019).
Geographic distribution of risk (“Hotspots”) for HIV, HCV, and drug overdose among persons who use drugs in New York City: The importance of local history
Harm Reduction Journal, 16 (1), 53. doi: 10.1186/s12954-019-0326-2. PMCID: PMC6721211.

Arasteh K, Des Jarlais DC, McKnight C, Feelemyer J (2019).
Injection and heterosexual risk behaviors for HIV infection among non-gay identifying men who have sex with men and women
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2019 Jun 1]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02551-3.

Hwahng SJ, Allen B, Zadoretzky C, Barber H, McKnight C, Des Jarlais D (2019).
Alternative kinship structures, resilience and social support among immigrant trans Latinas in the USA
Culture, Health and Sexuality, 21 (1), 1-15. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2018.1440323.

Des Jarlais DC, Arasteh K, Feelemyer J, McKnight C, Barnes DM, Perlman DC, Uuskula A, Cooper HLF, Tross S (2018).
Hepatitis C virus prevalence and estimated incidence among new injectors during the opioid epidemic in New York City, 2000-2017: Protective effects of non-injecting drug use
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 192, 74-79. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.07.034. PMCID: PMC6206865.

McKnight C, Des Jarlais DC (2018).
Being “hooked up” during a sharp increase in the availability of illicitly manufactured fentanyl: Adaptations of drug using practices among people who use drugs (PWUD) in New York City
International Journal of Drug Policy, 60, 82-88. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.08.004. PMCID: PMC6457118.

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