Lauren Jessell
Lauren Jessell, PhD
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Senior Research Associate
PhD, Silver School of Social Work, New York University
MSW, Rutgers University
Research Interests
Co-occurring disorders, Medical and nonmedical prescription drug use, Overdose prevention
Lauren Jessell is a Senior Research Associate with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Her research focuses on the service needs of people who use drugs (PWUD), specifically on the unique needs of women who use drugs and individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness. Her work aims to integrate harm reduction practices into services for these populations, many of whom experience disproportionate amounts of violence and for whom trauma-informed care is critical. Lauren is currently facilitating the surveillance component of a three-year CDC-funded Overdose Data to Action initiative at DOHMH. In-person data collection began in June 2020 and the initiative is surveying over 800 PWUD across New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Jessell L, Stanhope V (2022).
“How do you try to have anyone comply or at least be pliable with you if that person’s not even medicated?”: Perspectives on the use of psychiatric medication within recovery-oriented practice
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 45 (2), 153-159. doi: 10.1037/prj0000493. PMCID: PMC8766622.

Jessell L, Zaidi I, Dominguez-Gomez L, Harocopos A (2022).
Collecting data during the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons from an in-person survey of people who use opioids
Public Health Reports, 137 (2), 272-277. doi: 10.1177/00333549211063473. PMCID: PMC8900227.

Stanhope V, Baslock D, Tondora J, Jessell L, Ross AM, Marcus SC (2021).
Developing a tool to measure person-centered care in service planning
Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 681597. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.681597. PMCID: PMC8365091.

Guarino H, Mateu-Gelabert P, Quinn K, Sirikantraporn S, Ruggles KV, Syckes C, Goodbody E, Jessell L, Friedman SR (2021).
Adverse childhood experiences predict early initiation of opioid use behaviors
Frontiers in Sociology, 6, 620395. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2021.620395. PMCID: PMC8158934.

Jessell L, Stanhope V, Manuel JI, Mateu-Gelabert P (2020).
Factors associated with benzodiazepine prescribing in community mental health settings
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 109, 56-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2019.10.001. PMCID: PMC6989035.

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