RIA Seminar Series
GetNaloxoneNow! Development and Impact of Online Trainings to Prevent, Recognize and Respond to Opioid Overdoses
Janie Simmons, EDD, is an ethnographer and principal investigator who specializes in HIV and overdose prevention. Since 2008, she has been the principal investigator on several NIH grants, including an HIV prevention study on the interpersonal and structural dynamics which shape HIV risk and drug treatment among injecting, drug using couples in Harlem and the South Bronx. Dr. Simmons has worked extensively with people who use drugs (heroin, opioid analgesics, cocaine) and been involved in research in the following topic areas: women, poverty and AIDS; drug-using couples; drug use initiation; barriers to drug treatment; overdose prevention; trauma and secondary trauma; intimate partner violence; and, field-based research ethics. She has developed two computer-based, overdose-prevention training modules with funding from NIDA: one for potential bystanders (family, friends, anyone who may witness an overdose); and one for police officers, firefighters and EMTs. Dr. Simmons is co-editor and co-author (with Drs. Paul Farmer and Margaret Connors) of Women, Poverty and AIDS: Sex, Drugs and Structural Violence (1996; 2011) which received the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize for outstanding scholarship in gender and health from the Society for Medical Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. Currently, Dr. Simmons is an affiliated researcher with the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at New York University and an Advisory Board and faculty member at the Fordham University HIV Prevention Research Ethics Institute.