Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH

Faculty Director


Leo Beletsky is Professor of Law and Health Sciences at Northeastern University. He is also on faculty of the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine. 


Leo is an interdisciplinary social epidemiologist who explores the role of law and law enforcement as structural determinants of health. His intervention design and implementation science research focuses on the use of policy interventions to improve population health and equity.

Belinda Bonnen

Lead Organizer

Belinda Bonnen is an activist whose work focuses on racial justice, civic engagement, and alternative transportation. She brings over 15 years of experience in project management, coalition-building, and community organizing through the arts to her work with the Lab.   

Morgan Godvin

Research Associate

Morgan Godvin is a drug and justice policy advocate and freelance writer. She is formerly incarcerated for drug-induced homicide and now strives to see a public health approach to substance use implemented nationally. While still an undergraduate student at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, she was appointed to the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission. Her focus at the Lab is drug-induced homicide, the US-Mexico border, and using justice policy reform as a way to increase civic engagement within marginalized communities.   

Jeremiah Goulka, JD ​

Senior Fellow and Director of Justice Policy

Jeremiah Goulka is a criminal justice expert whose passion is in translating research into policy and practice. He leads the Lab's SHIELD police training initiative, which connects law enforcement and public health agencies to improve both police and community health and safety during the overdose and coronavirus crises. Previously, he led justice and security research projects for several federal and local agencies at the RAND Corporation, where he was a member of the RAND Center for Quality Policing and a professor of criminal justice policy in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he served as executive director and co-creator (with the U.S. Attorney and a Coast Guard admiral) of a joint local-state-federal task force that facilitated rebuilding the New Orleans region’s criminal justice systems. He began his career clerking for the Hon. W. Eugene Davis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. Jeremiah has law degrees from the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Edinburgh Law School and is a member of the District of Columbia bar. 

Sunyou Kang

Research Administrator

Sunyou Kang is a student at the University of Southern California pursuing a B.S. in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. Her past and present research experiences center around identifying and rectifying the missteps and misinformation surrounding substance use disorders with the intention of guiding efficient and effective policy change on every level.

Jaime Arredondo Sánchez Lira, PhD, MS

Training & Policy Fellow

Jaime Arredondo Sánchez Lira completed his PhD in Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and San Diego State University (SDSU). He studied political science and economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM). He worked four years as Chief of Staff for the Ministry of Public Security in the State Government of Quintana Roo, where he gained extensive experience in coordinating federal programs and establishing partnerships with universities. His research focuses on adapting and implementing interventions based on empirical evidence, in order to modify the effects of police practices and the judicial system as risk factors in the spread of diseases (HIV, HCV), particularly among injecting drug users in the border region Mexico - USA. Currently, he is a professor of Drug Policy at CIDE in Mexico. His research seeks to transform the public debate by viewing drug use as a public health issue rather than a public safety issue.

Allison McBride, MPH

Associate Director of Projects and Strategic Planning

Allison McBride is a community-informed activist and researcher. Allison holds an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health. Prior to joining the Lab, Allison acted as a harm reduction specialist and a community organizer within the Greater Boston Area. While in Louisiana, she coordinated efforts to examine the effects of natural disaster-related trauma on memory and well-being among individuals directly impacted. Her interests center on implementation science, process improvement, and informing locally-based solutions for the underserved and marginalized.

Sarah Seymour 

Director of Projects and Strategic Planning
Sarah Seymour is a public health and policy researcher. She draws on her background as a community activist and artist to develop innovative research and outreach strategies. Sarah’s focus at the lab is to create an active and engaging learning environment for student researchers while also leveraging institutional resources to support and empower communities.

Zachary Siegel, MS

Health in Justice Journalism Fellow


Zachary Siegel is a freelance journalist and writer based in Chicago. His writing focuses on the intersection of public health and criminal justice in the context of drugs. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, WIRED, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, VICE, and other outlets. He is also the 2018 Guggenheim Justice Reporting Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and co-host of Narcotica, a new podcast about drugs, informed by science, policy, and the lives of real drug users that navigates complicated debates. 

Maddie Bedard

Candidate for B.A. in Public Health at George Washington University, 2024 

Claire Buxton

Candidate for B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2021

Kelsey Melcher Burroughs

Candidate for B.S. in Health Science, 2022

Tori Cowger

Candidate for PhD in Social Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, 2021

Amelia Caramadre

Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2021

Mackenzie Darling

Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2022

Joey Handel

Candidate for B.A. in Political Science, 2021

Isabel Kay

Candidate for B.S. in Health Science with Minors in Spanish and Biology, 2021

Hannah Marion

Candidate for Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, 2023

Jennifer Magana

Candidate for B.S. in Health Science & Business Administration, 2021

Katie McCreedy

Candidate for B.S./MPH with a minor in Biology at Northeastern University, 2021 

Sebastian Mendez

Candidate for M.D. at Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine

Louis Miyara

Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2022

Nikita Murli 

Candidate for a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, 2023

Lucas O'Reilly

Candidate for B.A. in International Affairs and B.S. in Environmental Studies, 2023

Sarah Yates

Candidate for B.S. in Health Science

and B.A in International Affairs, 2021

Aidan Temperino

Candidate for B.A. in Sociology and Politics at Bates College, 2021

Rafik Wahbi, MPH 

PhD student at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, 2025

Ari Zlota

Candidate for B.S. in Biochemistry with a Minor in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2023


Brennan Balasubramaniam

B.A in Political Science & Communication Studies, 2020

John Card, JD


Daniel D'Lugoff, JD


Amanda Dolan, JD


Daniel EspinozaJD 


Gaku Lange

B.S. in Health Science, 2018

Miranda Jang, JD


Megha Lal Gokals

B.S. in Health Science, 2018

Beiyu Lin

Candidate for B.S. in Biology, 2021

Isaiah Martinez

Candidate for B.A. in History at Yale University,


Mark Martinez, JD


Hannah Park

B.A in Political Science, 2017

Amy Romanello

B.S in Neuroscience, 2018

Caitlin Scott, JD, MPH


Rachel Scheckman

MPH candidate at Boston University School of Public Health, 2021 

Julia Sheenan

B.S. in Health Science , 2020

Abigail Steiner

B.S. in Health Science, 2021

Maddy Weinstein

B.S. in Mathematics, 2020

Amanda Warnock 

Candidate for Master of Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2021

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