Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate in Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. His primary areas of focus are in social and behavioral health, intervention design and evaluation, and implementation science, with an emphasis on addressing community-level health disparities and advancing health equity.

Matthew’s current research projects examine: policy implementation and sustainability, integrating participatory implementation science with innovations in systems science, opioid education and naloxone training in higher education, advancing policy modeling methods, tobacco use, polysubstance use and harm reduction, food policies/programs and cardiovascular health outcomes, de-implementation, cancer prevention and screening, and addressing mental health among cancer patients and survivors.

Matthew was previously a Quality Improvement/Technical Assistance Project Officer in the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He has also completed projects with the United Nations, the Center for Public Health Law Research, PCORI, ICAP at Columbia University, the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

He received his MPH in Sociomedical Sciences with a certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and holds a BA in Anthropology and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

In addition to being a CPRC fellow, Matthew is also a pre-doctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars program, an Assistant Research Scientist at the NYU Langone Department of Population Health in the Section for Health Equity, and an Associate Member of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Research Interests

Built Environment
Harm Reduction
Health Inequities
HIV Prevention
HIV Treatment and Care
Immigrant Health
LGBT Populations
Place-Based Interventions
Policy (policies)
Reproductive Justice
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Social Determinants
Social Policy
Social Stratification
Social Support
Urban Equity
Urban Health
Urban Planning
Urban Policy


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