David Frank
David Frank, PhD
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing - Postdoctoral Fellow
Hunter College - Adjunct Professor
PhD, Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
MA, Sociology, DePaul University
BA, Sociology, DePaul University
Research Interests
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), Opioids, Criminalization, Addiction, Harm reduction, Drug user rights, Overdose
David Frank is a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in the Behavioral Sciences Training in Drug Abuse Research program. His research focuses primarily on opioid use and medication assisted treatments, and examines the role of structural factors, like criminalization and the War on Drugs, in the harms that people who use illegal drugs experience.

Dr. Frank is currently beginning work on two related pilot studies: one that aims to examine how well Medication Assisted Treatment programs, like methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment, align with the needs and goals of people on the programs and how that affects patients’ use and retention rates; and the other, examines the willingness and ability of treatment providers to provide appropriate services for people on Medication Assisted Treatment programs. He has also worked conducting interviews for Dr. Suzan Walter’s Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research-funded study exploring better ways of linking people who inject drugs with Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP), a medication that reduces risk of HIV transmission; and with Drs. Honoria Guarino and Pedro Mateu-Gelabert examining the overdose knowledge and experience of young, non-medical opioid users.
Principal Investigator, Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Medication for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder: Factors Influencing Patient Uptake and Retention. Completed
Principal Investigator, Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Medication for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder: Patients’ Needs and Treatment Providers’ Willingness to Provide Them. Completed


Frank D (2021).
“I’m pretty sure it’s either food poisoning or COVID-19”: Lived experience versus medical knowledge in diagnosing substance use problems
International Journal of Drug Policy, 98, 103348. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103348. PMCID: PMC8200310.

Walters SM, Frank D, Van Ham B, Jaiswal J, Muncan B, Earnshaw V, Schneider J, Friedman SR, Ompad DC (2021).
PrEP care continuum engagement among persons who inject drugs: Rural and urban differences in stigma and social infrastructure
AIDS and Behavior [Epub 2021 Oct 9]. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03488-2. PMCID: PMCID: PMC8501360..

Frank D, Mateu-Gelabert P, Perlman DC, Walters SM, Curran L, Guarino H (2021).
“It’s like ‘liquid handcuffs”: The effects of take-home dosing policies on Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) patients’ lives
Harm Reduction Journal, 18 (1), 88. doi: 10.1186/s12954-021-00535-y. PMCID: PMC8364307.

Krawczyk N, Bunting AM, Frank D, Arshonsky J, Gu Y, Friedman SR, Bragg MA (2021).
“How will I get my next week’s script?” Reactions of Reddit opioid forum users to changes in treatment access in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic
International Journal of Drug Policy, 92, 103140. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103140.

Bunting AM, Frank D, Arshonsky J, Bragg MA, Friedman SR, Krawczyk N (2021).
Socially-supportive norms and mutual aid of people who use opioids: An analysis of Reddit during the initial COVID-19 pandemic
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 222, 108672. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108672. PMCID: PMC8057693.

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