Leah Hamilton
Leah Hamilton, PhD
NYU Langone Health - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Population Health
PhD, Criminal Justice, Temple University
MPhil, Criminology, University of Cambridge
BA, Political Science and Government, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada
Research Interests
Substance use and misuse, Justice-involved populations, Substance use treatment, Health correlates of substance use, Health-related quality of life, Implementation science, Mixed-methods research
Leah Hamilton is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Population Health, NYU Langone Health, focusing on the intersection between justice-involved populations, substance use and health. Her research uses mixed methodology to improve substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provision and health outcomes of different vulnerable populations including probationers, drug court participants, formerly incarcerated people returning to the community and youth under community supervision.

Dr. Hamilton continues to conduct research on implementation science-informed interventions to improve screening and assessment for SUDs and appropriate treatment options for people experiencing SUDs and their associated health difficulties. She also recently joined the NYU School of Medicine Center on Opioid Epidemiology and Policy and is conducting research on state and national policy impacts on fatal and non-fatal opioid-related overdoses.


Cerda M, Krawczyk N, Hamilton L, Rudolph KE, Friedman SR, Keyes KM (2021).
A critical review of the social and behavioral contributions to the overdose epidemic
Annual Review of Public Health, 42, 95-114. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-090419-102727.

Moore SK, Saunders EC, Hichborn E, McLeman B, Meier A, Young R, Nesin N, Farkas S, Hamilton L, Marsch LA, Gardner T, McNeely J (2020).
Early implementation of screening for substance use in rural primary care: A rapid analytic qualitative study
Substance Abuse [Epub 2020 Dec 2]. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2020.1827125.

Friedman SR, Krawczyk N, Perlman DC, Mateu-Gelabert P, Ompad DC, Hamilton L, Nikolopoulos G, Guarino H, Cerda M (2020).
The opioid/overdose crisis as a dialectics of pain, despair, and one-sided struggle
Frontiers in Public Health, 8, 540423. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.540423. PMCID: PMC7676222.

Hamilton L, Belenko S (2019).
Substance use disorder treatment in the reentry environment: Service receipt and prisoner community reintegration
Criminal Justice and Behavior, 46 (9), 1295-1318. doi: 10.1177/0093854819846528.

Link NW, Hamilton LK (2017).
The reciprocal lagged effects of substance use and recidivism in a prisoner reentry context
Health and Justice, 5, 8. doi: 10.1186/s40352-017-0053-2.

Dr. Hamilton's Research Gate Profile