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.   

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. Prior to joining the Lab, Jeremiah was a freelance consultant and columnist, building on his work at the RAND Corporation. At RAND, he led justice and security research projects for several federal and local agencies. 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, Jeremiah worked with the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Coast Guard admiral coordinating federal recovery efforts to create a joint local-state-federal task force dedicated to rebuilding and reforming the criminal justice systems in the New Orleans area. Before that, he was a litigator in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Jeremiah clerked for Judge W. Eugene Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 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.

Sarah Seymour 

Project Coordinator
Sarah Seymour is a public health researcher at Northeastern University School of Law. Her interests focus on the power of policy interventions and social change to improve community mental health outcomes.

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

The Advanced Math and Science Academy, 2020

Claire Buxton

Candidate for B.S. in Health Science, 2021

Amelia Caramadre

Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2021

Tori Cowger

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

Isabel Kay

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

Beiyu Lin

Candidate for B.S. in Biology, 2021

Jennifer Magana

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

Allison McBride

Candidate for MPH at Boston University, 2020

Katie McCreedy

Candidate for B.S in Health Science

with Minor in Journalism, 2021

Sebastian Mendez

Candidate for B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience, 2019

Louis Miyara

Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2022

Caitlin Scott

Candidate for MPH at Boston University, 2020

Julia Sheenan

Candidate for B.S. in Health Science with Minor in Global Health, 2020

Rafik Wahbi 

Candidate for MPH at Boston University, 2020


Sarah Yates

Candidate for B.S. in Health Science

and B.A in International Affairs, 2021


Daniel D'Lugoff, JD, 2019

Amanda Dolan, JD2018


Daniel EspinozaJD, 2019

Megha Lal GokalsB.S. in Health Science, 2018

Miranda Jang, JD, 2018

Gaku LangeB.S. in Health Science, 2018

Mark Martinez, JD, 2018

Amy Romanello, B.S in Neuroscience, 2018


Hannah Park, B.A in Political Science, 2017


Abigail Steiner, B.S. in Health Science, 2021


Maddy Weinstein, B.S. in Mathematics, 2020


John Card, JD, 2019

Brennan Balasubramaniam, B.A in Political Science & Communication Studies, 2020


To Be Announced​


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