Judith A. Bernstein, PhD

Emeritus Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Bernstein is Emeritus Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health and Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Bernstein 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 Field of Study: Health Policy Management
  • University of New Mexico, MSN Field of Study: Nursing
  • Stanford University, BA Field of Study: Japanese
  • University of New Mexico, ADN Field of Study: Nursing


  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Schiff DM, Work EC, Foley B, Applewhite R, Diop H, Goullaud L, Gupta M, Hoeppner BB, Peacock-Chambers E, Vilsaint CL, Bernstein JA, Bryant AS. Perinatal Opioid Use Disorder Research, Race, and Racism: A Scoping Review. Pediatrics. 2022 03 01; 149(3). PMID: 35156121.

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  • Published on 2/2/2022

    Massey ESG, Bazzi AR, Sian CR, Gebel CM, Bernstein JA, Assoumou SA. "I've been 95% safe": perspectives on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis at a drug detoxification center: a qualitative study. AIDS Care. 2022 Feb 02; 1-5. PMID: 35109737.

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  • Published on 3/23/2021

    Palfai TP, Kratzer MPL, Morone NE, Bernstein JA. Integrating patient perspectives in the development of a mobile health intervention to address chronic pain and heavy drinking in primary care: a qualitative study of patients in an urban, safety-net hospital setting. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2021 03 23; 16(1):20. PMID: 33757584.

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  • Published on 1/11/2021

    Assoumou SA, Sian CR, Gebel CM, Linas BP, Samet JH, Bernstein JA. Patients at a drug detoxification center share perspectives on how to increase hepatitis C treatment uptake: A qualitative study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 03 01; 220:108526. PMID: 33465604.

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  • Published on 8/28/2020

    Akpovi EE, Carter T, Kangovi S, Srinivas SK, Bernstein JA, Mehta PK. Medicaid member perspectives on innovation in prenatal care delivery: A call to action from pregnant people using unscheduled care. Healthc (Amst). 2020 Dec; 8(4):100456. PMID: 32992103.

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  • Published on 6/11/2020

    Palfai TP, Saitz R, Kratzer MPL, Taylor JL, Otis JD, Bernstein JA. An integrated videoconferencing intervention for chronic pain and heavy drinking among patients in HIV-care: a proof-of-concept study. AIDS Care. 2020 09; 32(9):1133-1140. PMID: 32524827.

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  • Published on 9/24/2019

    McCloskey L, Quinn E, Ameli O, Heeren T, Craig M, Lee-Parritz A, Iverson R, Jack B, Bernstein JA. Interrupting the Pathway from Gestational Diabetes Mellitus to Type 2 Diabetes: The Role of Primary Care. Womens Health Issues. 2019 Nov - Dec; 29(6):480-488. PMID: 31562051.

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  • Published on 8/29/2019

    Palfai TP, Taylor JL, Saitz R, Kratzer MPL, Otis JD, Bernstein JA. Development of a tailored, telehealth intervention to address chronic pain and heavy drinking among people with HIV infection: integrating perspectives of patients in HIV care. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2019 08 29; 14(1):35. PMID: 31464645.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    McCloskey L, Sherman ML, St John M, Siegel H, Whyte J, Iverson R, Lee-Parritz A, Bernstein J. Navigating a 'Perfect Storm' on the Path to Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus After Gestational Diabetes: Lessons from Patient and Provider Narratives. Matern Child Health J. 2019 May; 23(5):603-612. PMID: 30949932.

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  • Published on 3/25/2019

    Bernstein J, Lee-Parritz A, Quinn E, Ameli O, Craig M, Heeren T, Iverson R, Jack B, McCloskey L. After Gestational Diabetes: Impact of Pregnancy Interval on Recurrence and Type 2 Diabetes. Biores Open Access. 2019; 8(1):59-64. PMID: 30923644.

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