Rachel French, PhD, RN
Rachel French, PhD, RN is a fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program and a postdoc working in the Department of Psychiatry’s Center for Mental Health. Her research focuses on determining the best strategies to successfully implement evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for people who use drugs. She is also passionate about advancing health equity, addressing racial disparities in substance use treatment, and exploring innovative modalities to provide harm reduction supplies. Dr. French received her bachelor’s degree at Boston College and her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania at CHOPR where she continues to be involved. She enjoys engaging in research and advocacy to improve care and outcomes for people who use drugs.
R French, J Favaro, SV Aronowitz. A free mailed naloxone program in Philadelphia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Drug Policy 94, 103199
R French, SV Aronowitz, JM Brooks Carthon, HD Schmidt, P Compton. Interventions for hospitalized medical and surgical patients with opioid use disorder: A systematic review
Substance Abuse, 1-13
ET Lake, R French, K O’Rourke, J Sanders, SK Srinivas. Linking the work environment to missed nursing care in labour and delivery. Journal of nursing management 28 (8), 1901-1908
E Schierholz, R French, AM Boucher. Caring for infants and families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome. American Nurse 15 (1), 6-11
AM Dierkes, AE Schlak, R French, MD McHugh, L Aiken. Why Some Nurses Obtain Specialty Certification and Others Do Not JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration 51 (5), 249-256 2021
ET Lake, R French, RRS Clark, K O’Rourke, S LorchNewborns With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Are Concentrated in Poorer-Quality Hospitals. Hospital Pediatrics 11 (4), 342-349
R French, MD McHugh, E Lake, JMB Carton. A Systematic Review of Care Needs for Surgical Patients with Chronic Opioid Use. MEDSURG Nursing 29 (4), 245-254 2020
R French. Nurses Caring for Patients with Drug Addiction: A Systematic Review. Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship 7, 16-21
Her research interests include leveraging nursing resources to improve patient outcomes and reduce health disparities for hospitalized patients with comorbid opioid use disorder. She is passionate about her work with opioid addiction and is interested in evaluating the role of nurses in addressing the opioid crisis. She seeks to expand upon her interests by taking a systemic, rather than individualistic, approach. Her research identifies ways to improve the quality of care individuals with substance use disorders receive by determining the best strategies to successfully implement evidence-based practices in hospital and community settings.