Louisa Gilbert

Dr. Louisa Gilbert has served as the Co-Director of the Social Intervention Group (SIG) since 1999 and the Co-Director of the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA) since 2007. She is a licensed social worker with over 25 years of experience developing, implementing and testing multi-level interventions that address the syndemic mechanisms linking substance misuse, gender-based violence (GBV), trauma and HIV/AIDS among key affected communities in the U.S. and Central Asia. Her specific area of research interest has concentrated on advancing a continuum of evidence-based interventions to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) and GBV among women and women in the criminal justice system (see projectwings.org). She has co-authored over 150 peer reviewed articles from this research. More recently, she has focused on implementing evidence-based interventions to prevent opioid overdose among people who inject drugs in Central Asia with the investigative team at SIG and GHRCCA. Dr. Gilbert has also recently developed and is currently teaching a new course on “Harm Reduction Policies, Programming and Practice to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic.”

Selected Publications

Gilbert, L. , Primbetova, S., Nikitin, D., Hunt, T. Terlikbayeva, A. ..El-Bassel, N. (in press). Redressing the Epidemics of Opioid Overdose and HIV among People who inject Drugs in Central Asia: The Need for a Syndemic Approach. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

El-Bassel, N., Gilbert, L., Terlikbyeva, A. Wu, E. Beyrer, C…Rozental, El (in press). HIV among Injection Drug Users and Their Intimate Partners in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Gilbert, L., El-Bassel, N., Chang, M., Shaw, S., Wu, E., Roy, L. (2013). Risk and Protective Factors for Drug Use and Partner Violence among Women in Emergency Care. Journal of Community Psychology. 41(5), 565-581.

Gilbert, L., El-Bassel, N., Chang, M., Wu, E., Roy, L. (2012). Substance use and partner violence among urban women seeking emergency care. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26(2), 226-235. PMID 22023020

El-Bassel, N., Gilbert, L., Wu, E., Witte, S. , Chang, M., Hill, J.,Remien, R. (2011). HIV prevention for low-income drug users from New York City: A randomized controlled trial to reduce risks. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. PMID 21725249

El-Bassel, N., Gilbert, L., Terlikbayeva, A., West, B., Bearman, P., Wu, E., Zhussopov, B., Platais, I., Brisson, A. (2011). Implications of mobility patterns and HIV risks for HIV prevention among migrant market vendors in Kazakhstan. American Journal of Public Health, 101(6), 1075-1081.

El-Bassel, N., Gilbert, L., Vinocur, D., Chang, M., & Wu, E. (2011) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and HIV risks among poor inner city women receiving care in an Emergency Department: Implications for inquiry and referral. American Journal of Public Health, 101(1), 120-127. PMID: 21088271

Gilbert, L., El-Bassel, N., Terlikbayeva, A., Erasilova, I, Rozental, E., Wu, E., Chang, M. and Bakpayev, Marat. (2010). Couple-based HIV prevention intervention with injecting drug users in Kazakhstan: A pilot intervention study. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 38(2), 162-176. PMID: 20391062

Gilbert, L., El-Bassel, N., Wu, E., & Chang, M. (2007). Intimate partner violence and HIV risks: a longitudinal study of men on methadone. Journal of Urban Health, 84(5), 667-680. PMID: 17701458

Gilbert, L., El-Bassel, N., Manuel, J., W, E., Go, H, Seewald , R., Sanders , G. (2006). An integrated relapse prevention and relationship safety intervention. Violence and Victims. 21:5, pp.657-672. PMID: 17022356

El-Bassel, N., Gilbert, L., Wu, E., Go, H. & Hill, J. (2005). HIV and intimate partner violence among women on methadone. Social Science and Medicine. 61(1), 171-183. PMID: 15847970

Gilbert, L., El-Bassel, N., Rajah, C., Foleno, A., & Frye, V. (2001). Linking drug-related activities with experiences of partner violence: A focus group study of women in methadone treatment. Violence and Victims,16(5), 517-536. PMID: 11565591

Gilbert, L.,El-Bassel, N., Rajah, V., Fontdevila, J., Foleno, A., & Frye, V. (2000). The converging epidemics of drug use, HIV and partner violence: a conundrum for methadone maintenance treatment. Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine, 67 (5-6), 452-464. PMID: 11064497

Gilbert, L., El-Bassel, N., Schilling, R.F., Wada, T. & Bennet, B. (2000). Partner violence and sexual risk behavior among women on methadone. AIDS and Behavior, 4(3), 261-269. PMID: 10907165

Gilbert, L., El-Bassel, N., & Schilling, R.F. (1997). Childhood abuse as a risk for partner abuse among women on methadone maintenance. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 23, 581-595. PMID: 9366975

Current Projects

  • Social  Intervention Group (SIG)
  • Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA)
  • Project WINGS of HOPE: Redressing Gender-based Violence among Women who use Drugs in Kyrgyzstan
  • Project PACT: Couple HIV Prevention for Drug-Involved Male Offenders: An Effectiveness Trial
  • Connect N’ Unite: Novel HIV Prevention for African American, Methamphetamine-Involved Male Couples

Research Interests

  • Intervention research to address co-occurring problems of gender-based violence, substance abuse, trauma and HIV among women drug users
  • Overdose prevention research
  • Services research on intimate partner violence, HIV and drug use among women in the criminal justice system
  • Design and testing of multimedia prevention interventions
  • Implementation research to improve delivery of evidence-based peer-driven interventions in Harm Reduction Programs