Townsend, T., Bohnert, A.S.B., Merlin, J. (Forthcoming.) Opioid prescribing to patients with advanced cancer: Unanswered questions. Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Townsend, T., Salz, T., Haffajee, R.L., Caram, M.E.V, Chino, F., Bohnert, A.S.B. (Forthcoming.) Are declines in opioid dispensing to patients with cancer concentrated in patients at risk? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Townsend, T., Cerdá, M., Bohnert, A., Lagisetty, P., Haffajee, R. (Forthcoming.) Effects of the CDC Guideline for opioid prescribing in patients with select chronic pain conditions. Health Affairs.
Townsend, T., Blostein, F., Doan, T., Madson-Olson, S., Galecki, P., & Hutton, D. W. (2020). Cost-effectiveness analysis of alternative naloxone distribution strategies: First responder and lay distribution in the United States. International Journal of Drug Policy, 75, 102536. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.07.031
Townsend, T. N., & Mehta, N. K. (2020). Contributions of obesity and cigarette smoking to incident disability: A longitudinal analysis. Preventive Medicine, 106226. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106226
Townsend, T., & Mehta, N. (2020). Pathways to educational disparities in disability incidence: The contributions of excess body mass index, smoking, and manual labor involvement. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbaa085
Mauri, A., Townsend, T., & Haffajee, R. (2019). The association of state opioid misuse prevention policies with patient and provider related outcomes: A scoping review. The Milbank Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0009.12436
Selected Honors and Awards
2021-2022 NYU Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy Pilot Award ($7,000)
Project title: Pathways to racial disparities in the effects of Good Samaritan Laws
2020-2022 NYU Behavioral Sciences Training Postdoc Fellowship (NIDA T32)
2018-2020 Univ. Michigan Population Studies Center Traineeship (NIA T32)
2016-2018 Michigan Public Health Regents’ Fellowship
2013-2014 Henry Luce Scholarship
2012-2013 DAAD Graduate Study Scholarship
2008-2012 Indiana University Wells Scholarship
Selected Media Coverage and Public Engagement
Townsend, T., Blostein, F. “This overdose-reversal medicine could reduce opioid deaths – so why don’t more people carry it?” The Conversation. 18 October 2019. Picked up by The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Popular Science, and other outlets, via the Associated Press.
Townsend, T. (2019, August 22). Radio interview: WEMU-FM (NPR Affiliate). Interviewer: Jorge Avellan.
AcademyHealth. (2017, June 27). Studies identify new risk factors for long-term opioid use, cost-effectiveness of naloxone distribution [Press release].
Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy
NYU School of Medicine
Spring 2019; Fall 2015
Graduate Student Instructor
Introduction to Cognitive Science
University of Michigan
Population & Development Intern
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Henry Luce Scholar
Ministry of Science and Technology
Max Planck Institute for Human Development