Addiction & Overdose

Susan G. Sherman, PhD

Bloomberg Professor of American Health

Addiction & Overdose Steering Committee Member

Susan G. Sherman, PhD, MPH, is a Bloomberg Professor of American Health in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society who focuses on improving the health of marginalized populations, specifically that of people who use drugs and women who sell sex. She is interested in the structural drivers of health and risk in both the conduct of observational and intervention research.

She is the Co-director of the Baltimore HIV Collaboratory and part of the Executive Leadership Committee of the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research. She serves on several Baltimore City and state advisory commissions on syringe exchange and overdose prevention initiatives, as well as the Board Chair of the National Harm Reduction Coalition; she also testifies regularly in Annapolis, Maryland, and Congress, using evidence to support humane drug policy. She is the founder of SPARC Women’s Center, a harm reduction, drop-in Center which provides safer sex and drug supplies, opioid maintenance therapy, health care, legal services, case management, as well as drop-in services including showers, lockers, laundry, clothes, and a food pantry to sex workers in Baltimore.


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