2021 Addiction Policy Forum Pillar of Excellence Award to Dr. Nabila El-Bassel

Updated: Jul 17



The 2021 Addiction Policy Forum Pillar of Excellence Award is awarded to

Dr. Nabila El-Bassel


Dr. Nabila El-Bassel is a Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Director of the Social Work Intervention Group, which was established in 1990 as a multi-disciplinary center focused on developing and testing prevention and intervention approaches for HIV, drug use, and gender-based violence, and disseminating them to local, national, and global communities. Her work has been funded extensively by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health. She provides significant national and international leadership to the global HIV and health agenda.


In addition, Dr. El-Bassel has designed and tested a number of multi-level HIV and drug use intervention and prevention models for women, men, and couples in settings including drug treatment and harm reduction programs, primary care, and criminal justice settings. She studies the intersecting epidemics of HIV and violence against women, and she has designed HIV interventions that address these co-occurring problems with significant scientific contributions in gender-based HIV prevention for women.


Dr. El-Bassel has published extensively on HIV behavioral prevention science and on the co-occurring problems of HIV, gender-based violence, and substance use. She has mentored HIV research scientists from Central Asia, and she has been funded by the National Institute of Health to train underrepresented faculty and research scientists on the science of HIV intervention and prevention.


Dr. El-Bassel holds a BSW from Tel Aviv University, an MSW from the Hebrew University School of Social Work (Israel), and a PhD DSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.


Addiction Policy Forum and our network of patients and families are deeply grateful for your contributions to research in the field of addiction and HIV research. From your work on gender differences in the treatment of substance use disorders to services for underserved populations, your work has helped us advance our understanding of treating addiction and infectious disease.


Learn more about Dr. Nabila El-Bassel here.


To hear more from Dr. El-Bassel and her colleagues on her research and career, watch the video below.


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