Selected Publications

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.

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.

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 Affairs40(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.

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 B76(4), 766-777.

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.

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 Quarterly98(1), 57-105.

Townsend, T. N., & Mehta, N. K. (2020). Contributions of obesity and cigarette smoking to incident disability: A longitudinal analysis. Preventive Medicine, 141, 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
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

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 TribuneThe Baltimore SunPopular 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).


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