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Stephen Lankenau, PhD

Stephen Lankenau

Professor
Community Health and Prevention
267.359.6057
sel59@drexel.edu
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Degrees

BA, Sociology, University of Vermont; MA, PhD, Sociology, University of Maryland

Bio

Dr. Stephen E. Lankenau is a sociologist who combines public health concerns and ethnographic methods to the study of substance use and negative health outcomes associated with misuse, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and overdose. Currently, he is leading a five-year study of medical marijuana use among young people in Los Angeles to describe patterns of use and health behaviors. Also, he is leading a three-year study to develop a mobile phone application to deliver naloxone to overdose events in real-time in Philadelphia. Both studies are funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. He teaches graduate courses that apply qualitative methods to the study of public health issues. 

Research Interests

  • Mental Health and Behavioral health
  • Substance Use
  • Urban Health

Publications

Lankenau, S., Kioumarsi, A., Reed, M., Wong, C.F., & Iverson, E. (2018). Becoming a medical marijuana user. International Journal of Drug Policy, 52: 62-70.

Lankenau, S., Ataiants, J., Mohanty, S., Schrager, S., Iverson, E., Wong, C.F. (2018). Health conditions and motivations for marijuana use among young adult medical marijuana patients and non-patient marijuana users. Drug and Alcohol Review, 37: 237-246

Lankenau, S., Fedorova, E., Reed, M., Schrager, S., Wong, C., & Iverson, E. (2017). Marijuana practices and patterns of use among young adult medical marijuana patients and non-patient marijuana users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 170:181-188.

Kecojevic, A., Basch, C.H., & Lankenau, S. (2017). Early initiation of substance use as an indicator of problematic substance use among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Substance Use and Misuse, Aug 7 [epub].

Roth, A.M., Rossi, J., Goldshear, J.L., Truong, Q., Armenta, R.F, Lankenau, S.E., Garfein, R.E., & Simmons, J. (2017). Potential risks of mHealth research: An exploration of perceptions among persons who inject drugs. Substance Use and Misuse, 52: 840-847.

Lankenau, S., Silva, K., & Kecojevic, A. (2015). Associations between prescription opioid injection and Hepatitis C virus among young injection drug users. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 22:35-42.

Kecojevic, A., Corliss, H., & Lankenau, S. (2015). Motivations for prescription drug misuse among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in Philadelphia. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26: 764-71.

Kecojevic, A. Wong, C.F., Corliss, H.L., & Lankenau, S. (2015) Experiences of childhood abuse, discrimination, and mental health distress as risk factors for high prescription drug misuse, illicit drug use, and sexual risk behaviors among YMSM. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 150:156-63.

Kecojevic, A., Sell, R., & Lankenau, S. (2015). Prescription drug misuse and sexual risk behaviors in a sample of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in Philadelphia. AIDS and Behavior, 19:847-56.

Wagner, K., Davidson, P., Iverson, E., Washburn, R., Burke, E., Kral, A., McNeely, M., Jackson Bloom, J. & Lankenau, S. (2014). "I felt like a superhero": the experience of responding to drug overdose among individuals trained in overdose prevention. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25:157-65.

Lankenau, S., Wagner, K., Silva, K., Kecojevic, A., Iverson, E., McNeely, M., & Kral, A. (2013). Injection drug users trained by overdose prevention programs: Responses to witnessed overdoses. Journal of Community Health, 38:133-141.

Silva, K., Schrager, S., Kecojevic, A., & Lankenau, S. (forthcoming). Risk factors of non-fatal overdose among young nonmedical users of prescription drugs. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Wagner, K., Iverson, E., Wong, C., Jackson Bloom, J., McNeely, M., Davidson, P., McCarty, C., & Lankenau, S. (forthcoming). Personal social network factors associated with overdose prevention training participation: Herd immunity or social influence? Substance Use and Misuse.

Lankenau, S., Wagner, K., Silva, K., Kecojevic, A., Iverson, E., McNeely, M., & Kral, A. (2012). Injection drug users trained by overdose prevention programs: Responses to witnessed overdoses. Journal of Community Health, July 31 [epub].

Lankenau, S., Teti, M., Silva, K., Jackson Bloom, J., Harocopos, A., & Tresse, M. (2012). Patterns of prescription drug misuse among young injection drug users. Journal of Urban Health, June 9 [epub].

Kecojevic, A., Wong, C., Schrager, S., Silva, K., Jackson Bloom, J., Iverson, E. & Lankenau, S. (2012). Initiation into prescription drug misuse: Differences between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and heterosexual high-risk young adults in Los Angeles and New York. Addictive Behaviors, 37:1289-93.

Fibbi, M., Silva, K., Johnson, K., Langer, D., & Lankenau, S. (2012). Denial of prescription opioids among young adults with histories of opioid misuse. Pain Medicine, 13:1040-1048.

Lankenau, S., Schrager, S., Silva, K., Kecojevic, A., Jackson Bloom, J., Wong, C., & Iverson, E. (2012). Prescription and illicit drug use among high-risk young adults in Los Angeles and New York. Journal of Public Health Research, 1:1-9.

Lankenau, S., Teti, M., Silva, K., Jackson Bloom, J., Harocopos, A., & Tresse, M. (2012) Initiation into prescription opioid misuse among young injection drug users. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23: 37-44.