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Leon Sawh

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Leon Sawh Doctoral Student


Leon Sawh is a part-time Ph.D. student in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at UMass Lowell and currently works as Senior Manager of Behavioral Health Integration at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. Leon has extensive experience in interdisciplinary and mixed-methods research, program development, study design and grant writing, and has worked on a number of NIH-, VA-, BJA- and SAMHSA-funded projects. Additionally, he has co-authored book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on the use of case management interventions for homeless and justice-involved populations. His research interests include community reentry programming, veterans’ health, homelessness and co-occurring disorder treatment interventions.

Selected publications:

Smelson, D., Pinals, D., Sawh, L., Fulwiler, C., Singer, S., Fisher, W., Hartwell, S., & Steadman, H. (Accepted for Publication). An Alternative to Incarceration: Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Intervention for Justice-Involved Veterans. World Medical & Health Policy.

Finlay, A. K., Binswanger, I. A., Smelson, D., Sawh, L., McGuire, J., Rosenthal, J., Blue-Howells, J., Timko, C., Blodgett, J. C., Harris, A. H. S., Asch, S. M., & Frayne, S. (2015). Gender differences in mental health and substance use disorders and treatment entry among justice-involved veterans in the Veterans Health Administration. Medical Care, 53(4 Suppl 1), S105-11.

McInnes, D.K., Sawh, L., Petrakis, B.A., Rao, S., Shimada, S.L., Gifford, A.L., Eyrich-Garg, K.M., Anaya, H.D., Kane, V., & Smelson, D.A. (2014). The potential for health-related uses of mobile phones and internet with homeless veterans: Results from a multi-site survey. Telemedicine and e-Health, 20(9), 801-809.