Minerva Francis, EdD, MPH, CHES


Dr. Minerva Francis is a social scientist specializing in health and behavior research. She completed a T32 pre-doctoral fellowship with NIDA’s Behavioral Science Training (BST) program in Drug Abuse Research at New York University. As a second-year postdoctoral fellow in Addiction Research and Evaluation with the Partnership to End Addiction, Dr. Francis is responsible for identifying the needs and experiences of families affected by substance use and criminal legal/justice system involvement. Before her current responsibilities, she oversaw the final evaluation of the Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care (PIPBHC) programa SAMHSA grant designed to offer integrated care services related to screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental and substance use disorders, and co-occurring physical health conditions and chronic diseases at outpatient treatment programs (OTPs). In addition, Dr. Francis researches (1) the effects of police interactions and police avoidance on community health outcomes, (2) integrated healthcare implementation at outpatient treatment programs, and (3) digital interventions to support concerned significant others. She also facilitates Master of Social Work (MSW) courses on substance misuse and social policy and undergraduate courses on health communication for the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Francis graduated with her doctorate in health education (EdD) from Columbia University and holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. She is also a certified health education specialist (CHES) and an NIH Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network Learning Experiences to Advance Practice (JCOIN LEAP) investigator.