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Helena Hansen, M.D., Ph.D.

Helena Hansen, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Scientist
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Dr. Hansen received her M.D. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. As a Research Psychiatrist at NKI, she develops projects that examine the social, structural, and cultural determinants of addiction and co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses, institutional and community interventions to address ethnic and racial inequalities in care, as well as the integration of community based and social services with clinical care. Her current projects include a study of the dissemination of buprenorphine pharmaceutical maintenance for opioid dependence to public sector clinics, the development of structural competency trainings for clinicians, and the ethnic marketing of psychotropic medications. These projects are supported by NIDA, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Investigator Award, and the Kaiser-Permanente Foundation Burch Fellowship. She is interested in extending a structural competency approach to alignment of clinical and social services to those with mental health needs recently released from the carceral system, and in studying the social network diffusion of Naloxone kits for opioid overdose in low and middle income neighborhoods.