Bethany C. Medley (she/her) is a doctoral student at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her research aims to improve the health and rights of people who use and/or sell drugs. Specifically, her interests include overdose prevention, peer-driven harm reduction interventions, and equitable access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD). Currently, Bethany is working with Dr. Louisa Gilbert on the HEALing Communities study to reduce overdose deaths in New York State using community-based participatory research.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Bethany was an adjunct lecturer for CSSW courses on harm reduction policy, programming, and practice interventions and remains actively involved in the Harm Reduction Caucus at CSSW. Her previous experience in drug-user health initiatives include facilitating Training of Trainers (ToT) overdose prevention education with naloxone, increasing community-based buprenorphine access, developing anti-stigma campaigns, and promoting best practices for pregnant people who use drugs.
Bethany holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University.