Noelle Leonard
Noelle Leonard, PhD
CDUHR - Associate Director, Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core
NYU School of Global Public Health - Associate Research Scientist
Columbia University - Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College
PhD, Counseling Psychology/School Psychology
MA, Special Education, Adelphi University
BA, English/Theatre, Salve Regina College
Research Interests
Behavioral interventions, At-risk adolescents, Mindfulness, Mobile health technology, Health disparities
Noelle Leonard is a Senior Research Scientist at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and an Associate Director in the Transdisciplinary Research Methods (TRM) Core. Her expertise is in designing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating behavioral interventions for highly vulnerable adults, adolescents, and families including those who are infected with, or at-risk for, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as those at risk for or dealing with issues related to substance use, and other mental health and behavioral problems. She has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on NIH-funded research studies using a variety of intervention strategies including mobile health, ambulatory assessment of physiological states, and mindfulness meditation. These studies have involved incarcerated youth, young men who have sex with men (YMSM), runaway/homeless youth, high-risk and HIV-infected adults, and at-risk adolescent mothers.

In her role on the TRM core, she assists CDUHR affiliated investigators who are planning or conducting intervention studies and participates in several activities of the Pilot Projects and Mentoring core including serving as a mentor for junior investigators who are developing and conducting CDUHR-funded pilot projects. She developed the CDUHR assessment measures database and is the point person for investigators who are searching for appropriate measures for developing grant proposals and conducting funded projects.
Principal Investigator, HIV Risk and Substance Use in Adolescent Couples. Completed
Principal Investigator, Integrating Behavioral Skills with a Mobile Biosensor for At-Risk Teen Mothers. Completed
Principal Investigator, It’s Ladies’ Night: Feasibility of a Mobile Health Technology for Problem (Risky) Drinking by Undergraduate Women. Completed
Principal Investigator, Prevention Intervention for Drug Use and Related Behaviors for Incarcerated Youth. Completed


Dorsen CG, Leonard N, Goldsamt L, Warner A, Moore KG, Levitt N, Rosenfeld P (2021).
What does gender affirmation mean to you? An exploratory study
Nursing Forum [Epub 2021 Sep 17]. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12648.

Cleland CM, Gwadz M, Collins LM, Wilton L, Sherpa D, Dorsen C, Leonard NR, Cluesman SR, Martinez BY, Ritchie AS, Ayvazyan M (2021).
African American/Black and Latino adults with detectable HIV viral load evidence substantial risk for polysubstance substance use and co-occurring problems: A latent class analysis
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (8), 2501-2516. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03212-0. PMCID: PMC7937776.

Opara I, Leonard NR, Thorpe D, Kershaw T (2021).
Understanding neighborhoods’ impact on youth substance use and mental health outcomes in Paterson, New Jersey: Protocol for a community-based participatory research study
JMIR Research Protocols, 10 (5), e29427. doi: 10.2196/29427. PMCID: PMC8196357.

Gwadz M, Campos S, Freeman R, Cleland CM, Wilton L, Sherpa D, Ritchie AS, Hawkins RL, Allen JY, Martinez BY, Dorsen C, Collins LM, Hroncich T, Cluesman SR, Leonard NR (2021).
Black and Latino persons living with HIV evidence risk and resilience in the context of COVID-19: A mixed-methods study of the early phase of the pandemic
AIDS and Behavior, 25 (5), 1340-1360. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03177-0. PMCID: PMC7873114.

Gwadz M, Cleland CM, Freeman R, Wilton L, Collins LM, Hawkins R, Ritchie AS, Leonard NR, Jonas DF, Korman A, Cluesman S, He N, Sherpa D (2021).
Stopping, starting, and sustaining HIV antiretroviral therapy: A mixed-methods exploration among African American/Black and Latino long-term survivors of HIV in an urban context
BMC Public Health, 21 (1), 419. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10464-x. PMCID: PMC7912958.

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