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Heather Sophia Lee, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Research Division
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
112 Paterson Street, Room 462
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848-932-0216
Fax: 732-932-1451


Dr. Heather Sophia Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Qualitative Researcher, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. At the core of her clinical and research interests is stigma as an access barrier to health services for individuals experiencing homelessness and substance misuse. Dr. Lee obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her master’s in social work from the University Chicago. Her postdoctoral work includes both a NIDA-funded fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and a CDC-funded fellowship in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her qualitative work has focused on the identification of outcomes of two harm reduction programs (i.e., non abstinence-based treatment) located in Chicago and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay area of California. She continued working with this population as a clinician, most recently helping to implement an HIV and hepatitis risk reduction program for drug-using, homeless, HIV-impacted individuals on Chicago’s southeast side. She is increasingly interested in the intersection of arts engagement and health and currently teaches Humanism and Medicine in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers. Dr. Lee also currently holds a research grant from NIDA, Assessing the Needs of Primary Care Patients and Clinicians for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Medication Decisions.

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