Selected Publications

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 Policy75, 102536.

Townsend, T. N., & Mehta, N. K. (2020). Contributions of obesity and cigarette smoking to incident disability: A longitudinal analysis. Preventive Medicine, 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

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.

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 TribuneThe Baltimore SunPopular 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].

Selected Experience


Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy
NYU School of Medicine

Spring 2019; Fall 2015

Graduate Student Instructor
Introduction to Cognitive Science
University of Michigan


Visiting Graduate Student
Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy
NYU School of Medicine

Summer 2018

Research Intern
Injury Prevention Center
University of Michigan

Summer 2016

Population & Development Intern
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Hanoi, Vietnam


Educational games developer; speaker
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association


Henry Luce Scholar
Ministry of Science and Technology
Hanoi, Vietnam


DAAD Scholar
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Berlin, Germany


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