Townsend, T.N., Hamilton, L.K., Rivera-Aguirre, A., Davis, C.S., Pamplin II, J.R., Kline, D., Rudolph, K.E. (joint senior author), Cerdá, M. (Forthcoming). Using an inverted synthetic control method to estimate effects of recent overdose Good Samaritan Laws, overall and by Black/white race. American Journal of Epidemiology.
Townsend, T.N., Bohnert, A.S.B., Lagisetty, P., Haffajee, R.L. (Forthcoming). Did prescribing laws disproportionately affect opioid dispensing to Black patients? Health Services Research.
Townsend, T.N., Kline, D. (joint first author), Rivera-Aguirre, A., Bunting, A.M., Mauro, P.M., Martins, S.S., Marshall, B.D.L.., Cerdá, M. (2022). Racial/ethnic and geographic trends in combined stimulant/opioid overdoses, 2007-2019. American Journal of Epidemiology. doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwab290
Townsend, T.N., Bohnert, A.S.B., Merlin, J. (2022). Opioid prescribing to patients with advanced cancer: Unanswered questions. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 40(3), 311-312. doi.org/10.1200/JCO.21.02086
Townsend, T.N., Cerdá, M., Bohnert, A., Lagisetty, P., & Haffajee, R. L. (2021). CDC guideline for opioid prescribing associated with reduced dispensing to certain patients with chronic pain. Health Affairs, 40(11), 1766-1775.
Townsend, T.N., Salz, T., Haffajee, R.L., Caram, M.E.V, Chino, F., Bohnert, A.S.B. (2021). Has declining opioid dispensing to patients with cancer been tailored to risk of opioid harms? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 63(2), 179-188. doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.09.014
Townsend, T.N., & Mehta, N. K. (2021). 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, 76(4), 766-777. doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbaa085
Townsend, T.N., 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. doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.07.031
Mauri, A. I., Townsend, T.N., & Haffajee, R. L. (2020). The association of state opioid misuse prevention policies with patient‐and provider‐related outcomes: a scoping review. The Milbank Quarterly, 98(1), 57-105. doi.org/10.1111/1468-0009.12436
Townsend, T. N., & Mehta, N. K. (2020). Contributions of obesity and cigarette smoking to incident disability: A longitudinal analysis. Preventive Medicine, 141, 106226. doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106226
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
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
Tabak, L. “Analysis of Death Records Shows Growing Disparities in Opioid Epidemic” (2022, Feb. 15). NIH Director’s Blog. Link.
Law, T. “The potent drug mix causing unprecedented rates of Black Americans to overdose”. TIME. (2022, Feb. 8). Link.
Remaly, J. “Stimulant/opioid OD deaths prompt calls for new strategy.” Medscape. (2022, Feb. 8). Link.
Read, B. “Stay hydrated and carry Narcan: Parties are back, and so is panic about fentanyl-laced cocaine.” The Cut, New York Mag. (2021, July 6). Link.
Townsend, T. “Racial disparities and the opioid crisis: Emerging research and implications”. Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center Annual Best Practices Conference. (2021, March 16).
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. Link.
Avellan, J. Naloxone: Wide distribution cost-effective in preventing deaths. (2019, Aug. 22). Radio interview: WEMU-FM (NPR Affiliate).