TEAM MEMBERS

STAFF

Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH

Faculty Director

l.beletsky@northeastern.edu

@leobeletsky

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@northeastern.edu

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@usc.edu

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

jarredon@ucsd.edu

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

a.mcbride@northeastern.edu

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 in the Greater Boston Area. Her interests center on implementation science and informing locally-based solutions for the underserved and marginalized.

Sarah Seymour 

Director of Projects and Strategic Planning
s.seymour@northeastern.edu
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

@ZachWritesStuff

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. 
INTERNS

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

Mackenzie Darling

Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2022

Hannah Marion

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

Josh Lopez

Candidate for Juris Doctor at George Washington University, 2022

Tori Cowger

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

Amelia Caramadre

Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2021

Isabel Kay

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

Morgan Godvin

Candidate for B.A. in Community Health Promotion and Spanish at Portland State University, 2021

Isaiah Martinez

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

2022

Katie McCreedy

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

Sebastian Mendez

Candidate for M.D. at Renaissance School of Medicine

Louis Miyara

Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2022

Rachel Scheckman

MPH candidate at Boston University School of Public Health, 2021 

Caitlin Scott

Candidate for MPH at Boston University, 2020

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

Sarah Yates

Candidate for B.S. in Health Science

and B.A in International Affairs, 2021

Ari Zlota

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

Alumni

Brennan Balasubramaniam

B.A in Political Science & Communication Studies, 2020

Amanda Dolan, JD

2018

Isabel Kay

Candidate for B.S. in Health Science, 2021

Beiyu Lin

Candidate for B.S. in Biology, 2021

Hannah Park

B.A in Political Science, 2017

Julia Sheenan

B.S. in Health Science , 2020

John Card, JD

2019

Daniel EspinozaJD 

2019

Megha Lal Gokals

B.S. in Health Science, 2018

Jennifer Magana

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

Amy Romanello

B.S in Neuroscience, 2018

Abigail Steiner

B.S. in Health Science, 2021

Daniel D'Lugoff, JD

2019 

Miranda Jang, JD

2018

Gaku Lange

B.S. in Health Science, 2018

Mark Martinez, JD

 2018

Caitlin Scott, JD, MPH

2020

Maddy Weinstein

B.S. in Mathematics, 2020

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