College of Engineering Assistant Professor
Dr. Lee’s programmatic research focuses on the investigation of behavioral treatments for substance use and its dissemination to under-served populations, with the mission of reducing health inequity related to poor mental health among racial and ethnic minorities. Dr. Lee has a national reputation for her work bridging evidence based treatment with health disparities research. Her clinical approach to adapting evidence based treatments for addiction has been cited by SAMHSA as a best practice, and she serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2016) for her areas of expertise. She has been invited to give talks at the Public Health Institute at University of Berkeley, California, Robert Wood Johnson (New Connections), and the National Hispanic Science Network. As a PhD student, Dr. Lee was awarded a NIH F31 award to conduct dissertation research on clinician bias and alcohol-involved minority adolescents, and then completed her post-doctoral training in addiction treatment research as a NIH fellow at Brown University. In 2013, Dr. Lee received the Kenerson Faculty Scholarship at Northeastern for her interdisciplinary research and community service in co-establishing an integrated primary care practice at the South End Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Boston, MA. In 2015, she was selected to be a NIH Fellow in Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials (NHLBI). In 2016, Dr. Lee was asked to co-establish a Suboxone Support Service at the South End Community Health Center, in collaboration with Dr. Liz Davis, Director. Dr. Lee has an active practice-based research program that examines the effects of system and individual level interventions on public health: at the South End Community Health Center, and at a methadone maintenance program. Dr. Lee supervises and supports her Counseling PhD students conducting their practice-based research studies, and several have been selected to give presentations at the American Psychological Association for their work. From her research lab, the Motivational Interviewing Health Disparities (ADD WEBSITE), two of her students have received the Kenerson Graduate Student Awards for their service. She has funded graduate students (bilingual/non) and is currently collaborating with students on several manuscript. She has been a MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) member since 2006, has established a bilingual treatment fidelity lab for Motivational Interviewing at Northeastern, and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In teaching her classes, Dr. Lee has developed training modules for students to practice their evidence-based assessment and treatment skills for addiction, in the Arnold Goldstein Simulation Laboratory at Bouvé.