Judith A. Bernstein, PhD

Professor, Community Health Sciences
Judith Bernstein
(617) 414-1415jbernste@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT431B
View full profile at BUMC


Dr. Bernstein, Professor of Community Health Sciences (SPH) and Emergency Medicine (MED), has been a nurse and public health professional for the past 25 years. She has worked with both inner-city and rural communities to develop comprehensive integrated approaches to women's health. Dr. Bernstein holds an MSN in psychiatric nursing and a doctorate in health policy. She is certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and in recognition of her critical role in the development of this nursing specialty, was the 1995 recipient of the prestigious NCC award. Dr. Bernstein's current research activities focus on prevention strategies for adults and adolescents that bring public health into the medical setting, including implementation of 'in-reach'--peer model interventions to bridge the cultural, language and knowledge gaps between patients and providers. Her current work includes analysis of the impact of substance abuse disorder on the health of women in Massachusetts aged 15-49 and their neonates. Dr. Bernstein was a member of the Committee on Ethics of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for 15 years, and currently serves on a Data Safety and Management Board for the Clinical Trials Network at the National Institute on Drug Abuse at NIH. Dr. Bernstein represents the Community Health Sciences department on the BUSPH Research Committee.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Boston Medical Center


  • Brandeis University, PhD
  • University of New Mexico, MSN
  • Stanford University, BA
  • University of New Mexico, ADN

Classes Taught

  • SPHMC840
  • SPHMC931
  • SPHSB821


  • Published on 4/1/2017

    Bernstein J, Dorfman D, Lunstead J, Topp D, Mamata H, Jaffer S, Bernstein E. Reaching Adolescents for Prevention: The Role of Pediatric Emergency Department Health Promotion Advocates. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Apr; 33(4):223-229. PMID: 26999582.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/7/2017

    Kim TW, Bernstein J, Cheng DM, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Samet JH, Palfai TP, Saitz R. Receipt of addiction treatment as a consequence of a brief intervention for drug use in primary care: a randomized trial. Addiction. 2017 May; 112(5):818-827. PMID: 27886657.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/2/2016

    Maynié-François C, Cheng DM, Samet JH, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Palfai T, Bernstein J, Saitz R. Unhealthy alcohol use in primary care patients who screen positive for drug use. Subst Abus. 2016 Aug 02; 1-6. PMID: 27482999.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/17/2016

    Bernstein JA, McCloskey L, Gebel CM, Iverson RE, Lee-Parritz A. Lost opportunities to prevent early onset type 2 diabetes mellitus after a pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2016; 4(1):e000250. PMID: 27347422.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/28/2016

    Bernstein J, Gebel C, Vargas C, Geltman P, Walter A, Garcia RI, Tinanoff N. Integration of Oral Health Into the Well-Child Visit at Federally Qualified Health Centers: Study of 6 Clinics, August 2014-March 2015. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 04 28; 13:E58. PMID: 27126556.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/28/2016

    Bernstein J, Bernstein E, Hudson D, Belanoff C, Cabral HJ, Cherpitel CJ, Bond J, Ye Y, Woolard R, Villalobos S, Ramos R. Differences by gender at twelve months in a brief intervention trial among Mexican-origin young adults in the emergency department. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2017 Jan-Mar; 16(1):91-108. PMID: 26821181.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/6/2016

    Palfai TP, Cheng DM, Bernstein JA, Palmisano J, Lloyd-Travaglini CA, Goodness T, Saitz R. Is the quality of brief motivational interventions for drug use in primary care associated with subsequent drug use? Addict Behav. 2016 May; 56:8-14. PMID: 26779816.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/21/2015

    Kim TW, Samet JH, Cheng DM, Bernstein J, Wang N, German J, Saitz R. The spectrum of unhealthy drug use and quality of care for hypertension and diabetes: a longitudinal cohort study. BMJ Open. 2015; 5(12):e008508. PMID: 26692554.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/9/2015

    Fuster D, Cheng DM, Wang N, Bernstein JA, Palfai TP, Alford DP, Samet JH, Saitz R. Brief intervention for daily marijuana users identified by screening in primary care: A subgroup analysis of the ASPIRE randomized clinical trial. Subst Abus. 2016 Apr-Jun; 37(2):336-42. PMID: 26453188.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/1/2015

    Bernstein J, Cheng DM, Wang N, Trilla C, Samet J, Saitz R. Recreational drug use among primary care patients: implications of a positive self-report. Ann Fam Med. 2015 May-Jun; 13(3):257-60. PMID: 25964404.

    Read at: PubMed

View 57 more publications:View full profile at BUMC