Heather Sophia Lee, PhD, LCSW
Department of Sociology Anthropology Social Work and Criminal Justice
Dr. Lee joined Seton Hall University in 2020. Prior to this, she was on faculty in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While there, she was the Director of the Network of Affiliated Family Medicine Residencies, taught a course in Humanism and Medicine in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and received a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) related to her interest in promoting access to treatment for Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). Dr. Lee has been interested in this area as a clinician and researcher since she conducted her doctoral dissertation on the topic. In this project, she collected qualitative data to investigate the impacts of participation in harm reduction programs for participants in a drop-in center for homeless, active drug users and a private practice both located in urban settings. She continued this work as a NIDA postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. From there she went on to complete her clinical social work training at the University of Chicago. While living in Chicago, she helped to implement a harm reduction program on Chicago’s southeast side. She is currently writing a book on the topic to be published by Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group in October 2022. Dr. Lee holds her Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license in Illinois and New Jersey.
- Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- A.M. in Social Work – University of Chicago
- B.A. in Sociology – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- 2020 - Casseus, M., West, B., Graber, J.M., Wackowski, O., Cooney, J. M., & Lee. H.S. Disparities in illicit drug use and disability status among a nationally representative sample of U.S. college students. Disability and Health Journal (in press).
- 2019 - Pratap, A., Allred, R., Duffy, J., Rivera, D., Lee, H.S., Renn, B.N., & Areán, P.A. Contemporary views of research participant willingness to participate and share digital data in biomedical research. JAMA Network Open. 2: 1-11.
- 2019 - Renn, B.N., Hoeft, T.J., Lee, H.S., Bauer, A.M., and Areán, P.A. Preference for in-person psychotherapy versus digital psychotherapy options for depression: Survey of adults in the U.S. npj Digital Medicine. 6: 1-7.
- 2018 - Lee, H.S. and O’Malley, D.M. Abstinence-only: Are you not working the program or is the program not working for you? Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. 18: 289-304.
- 2018 - Tsui, J., Hudson, S.V., Rubinstein, E.B., Howard, J., Hicks, E., Kieber-Emmons, A., Bator, A., Lee, H.S., Ferrante, J., & Crabtree, B.F. A mixed-methods analysis of the capacity of the Patient Centered Medical Home to implement care coordination services for cancer survivors. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 8(3), 319-327.
- 2017 - Rubinstein, E.B., Miller, W.L., Hudson, S.V., Howard, J., O’Malley, D., Tsui, J., Lee, H.S., Bator, A., Crabtree, B.F. Cancer survivorship care in advanced primary care practices. JAMA Internal Medicine, 177(12), 1726-1732.
- 2016 - O’Malley, D. M., Hudson, S.V., Nekhlyudov, L., Howard, J., Rubinstein, E., Lee, H.S., Overholser, L. S., Shaw, A., Givens, S., Burton, J.S., Grunfield, E., Parry, C., & Crabtree, B.F. Learning the landscape: Implementation challenges of primary care innovators around cancer survivorship care. Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice, 11(1), 13-23.
- 2016 - Hudson, S.V., Ohman-Strickland, P.A., Bator, A., O’Malley, D., Gunderson, D., Lee, H.S., Crabtree, B.F., & Miller, S.M. Breast and prostate cancer survivors’ experiences of patient centered follow-up care from primary care physicians and oncologists. Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice, 10(5), 906-914.
- 2016 - O’Malley, D.M., Hudson, S.V., Bator, A., Lee, H.S., Ohman-Strickland, P.A., Gunderson, D., & Miller, S. Follow-up care education and information: Identifying cancer survivors in need of more guidance. Journal of Cancer Education, 31(1), 63-69.
- 2015 - Lee, H.S. The ethical dilemma of abstinence-only service delivery in the United States. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. 12(1), 61-66.
- 2011 - Lee, H.S., Engstrom, M., & Petersen, S. R. Harm reduction and twelve steps: Complementary, oppositional, or something in-between? Substance Use and Misuse. 46(9), 1151-1161.
- 2010 - Lee, H.S. & Zerai, A. “Everyone deserves services no matter what”: Defining success in harm reduction based substance abuse treatment. Substance Use and Misuse, 45(14), 2411-2427.
- 2009 - Lee, H. S. & Petersen, S. R. Demarginalizing the marginalized in substance abuse treatment: Stories of homeless, active substance users in an urban harm reduction based drop-in center. Addiction Research and Theory, 17(6), 622-636.
- 2009 - Lee, H. S., Mericle, A. A., Aaylon, L., & Areán, P. A. Harm reduction among at-risk elderly drinkers: A site-specific analysis from the multi-site Primary Care Research in Substance Abuse and Mental Health for Elderly (PRISM-E) study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24, 54-60.
- 2006 - Trent, W. T, Lee, H. S., & Owens-Nicholson, D. Perceptions of financial aid among students of color: Examining the role(s) of self-concept, locus of control, and expectations. American Behavioral Scientist, 49(12), 1739-1759.