Shoshana V. Aronowitz, PhD, MSHP, FNP-BC
Healthcare settings are unfortunately often places where people who use drugs face maltreatment and inequitable care. Nursing practice, research, and advocacy that center the voice
I began my teaching career as a psychiatric nursing clinical instructor at the University of Vermont. During my doctoral studies, I assisted in the creation of “Opioids: From Receptors to Epidemic,” a novel transdisciplinary course housed in the School of Nursing. I also provide guest lectures about harm reduction and substance use disorder treatment. I currently teach NUR 547: Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice.
My research is broadly focused on equitable access to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment and harm reduction services. I am particularly interested in innovative delivery models – such as mail-based services, mobile units, and telehealth – to meet individuals wherever they are and to promote health in community-based settings rather than hospitals or clinics. My research is heavily influenced by my clinical work as a family nurse practitioner and x-waivered opioid use disorder treatment provider.
I began my research career in 2012 while working as a nurse at the methadone and buprenorphine clinic in Burlington, Vermont. I became interested in the experiences of patients who lost access to their medications when they were incarcerated. I conducted a qualitative study that was subsequently published in the Journal of Correctional Healthcare and cited in a CDC report titled Evidence-based strategies for preventing opioid overdose: What’s working in the United States.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
- Co-investigator on SPARRow: Studying the PhilAdelphia Resilience Project as a Response to Overdose
- Community Organizer with SOL Collective, a Philadelphia-based harm reduction organization
Selected Career Highlights
- Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERI$H) pilot grant recipient
- Dear Pandemic Founding Member & Instagram Editor
- Future of Nursing Scholars Robert Wood Johnson Foundation predoctoral fellow