Bennett Allen, PhD
NYU Langone Health - Research Scientist
PhD, Epidemiology, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
MPA, Public Policy, New York University
BA, Comparative Literature, New York University
Research Interests
Overdose, drug policy, policing, public health ethics, social determinants of health, harm reduction
Bennett Allen is a Research Scientist at the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy, Department of Population Health. His research uses epidemiologic, econometric, and machine learning methods to evaluate supply-side strategies to reduce overdose death. Additional work engages bioethics in relation to public health policy. Current projects examine the impact of drug-induced homicide laws and prosecutions on opioid overdose mortality, the role of prescription drug monitoring programs in pain management cessation, spatiotemporal prediction of overdose mortality risk, and the ethical uses of big data in public health practice. Prior to joining NYU, he worked in drug policy for the New York City government.
Principal Investigator, Big Data and the Opioid Overdose Epidemic: Algorithmic Ethics and Public Health Practice. Completed


Cartus AR, Goedel WC, Hallowell BD, Allen B, Pratty C, Planey AM, Ahern J, Cerda M, Marshall BDL (2022).
Divergence between individual- and neighborhood-level fatal overdose burden: A population-based statewide study
Rhode Island Medical Journal, 105 (6), 46-51.

LaSane K, Allen B, Liebman E, Paone D (2022).
The New York City Prescriber Notification Program: Assessing the feasibility of a patient overdose death notification pilot
Health Promotion Practice, 23 (4), 563-565. doi: 10.1177/15248399211042337.

Allen B, Cerda M (2022).
Opportunities for opioid overdose prediction: Building a population health approach
Lancet Digital Health, 4 (6), e403-e404. doi: 10.1016/S2589-7500(22)00097-8.

Allen B, Jent VA, Cerda M (2022).
Cycles of chronic opioid therapy following mandatory prescription drug monitoring program legislation: A retrospective cohort study
Journal of General Internal Medicine [Epub 2022 Apr 11]. doi: 10.1007/s11606-022-07551-z.

Hwahng SJ, Allen B, Zadoretzky C, Doucet HB, McKnight C, Des Jarlais D (2022).
Thick trust, thin trust, social capital, and health outcomes among trans women of color in New York City
International Journal of Transgender Health, 23 (1-2), 214-231. doi: 10.1080/26895269.2021.1889427. PMCID: PMC8986172.


Allen B, Harocopos A, Chernick R (2020).
Substance use stigma, primary care, and the New York State prescription drug monitoring program
Behavioral Medicine, 46 (1), 52-62. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2018.1555129.

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