Judith Bernstein, PhD

Professor, Community Health Sciences
Judith Bernstein
(617) 414-1415jbernste@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT431 B
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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


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHMC840
  • SPHSB821


  • 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; 13:E58. PMID: 27126556.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Published on 10/1/2015

    Derrington TM, Bernstein J, Belanoff C, Cabral HJ, Babakhanlou-Chase H, Diop H, Evans SR, Kotelchuck M. Refining Measurement of Substance Use Disorders Among Women of Child-Bearing Age Using Hospital Records: The Development of the Explicit-Mention Substance Abuse Need for Treatment in Women (EMSANT-W) Algorithm. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Oct; 19(10):2168-78. PMID: 25680703.

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  • Published on 9/1/2015

    Park TW, Cheng DM, Lloyd-Travaglini CA, Bernstein J, Palfai TP, Saitz R. Changes in health outcomes as a function of abstinence and reduction in illicit psychoactive drug use: a prospective study in primary care. Addiction. 2015 Sep; 110(9):1476-83. PMID: 26075702.

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  • Published on 8/4/2015

    Cherpitel CJ, Ye Y, Bond J, Woolard R, Villalobos S, Bernstein J, Bernstein E, Ramos R. Brief Intervention in the Emergency Department Among Mexican-Origin Young Adults at the US-Mexico Border: Outcomes of a Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Using Promotores†. Alcohol Alcohol. 2016 Mar; 51(2):154-63. PMID: 26243733.

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  • Published on 7/1/2015

    Nayak MB, Bond JC, Ye Y, Cherpitel CJ, Woolard R, Bernstein E, Bernstein J, Villalobos S, Ramos R. Readiness to Change and to Accept Help and Drinking Outcomes in Young Adults of Mexican Origin. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2015 Jul; 76(4):602-6. PMID: 26098036.

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  • 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.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    Woolard R, Liu J, Parsa M, Merriman G, Tarwater P, Alba I, Villalobos S, Ramos R, Bernstein J, Bernstein E, Bond J, Cherpitel CJ. Smoking Is Associated with Increased Risk of Binge Drinking in a Young Adult Hispanic Population at the US-Mexico Border. Subst Abus. 2015; 36(3):318-24. PMID: 25492554.

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  • Published on 12/17/2014

    Sakeah E, McCloskey L, Bernstein J, Yeboah-Antwi K, Mills S, Doctor HV. Can community health officer-midwives effectively integrate skilled birth attendance in the community-based health planning and services program in rural Ghana? Reprod Health. 2014; 11:90. PMID: 25518900.

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