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Kristen Gilmore Powell

Assistant Research Professor and Associate Director, Center for Prevention Science; Director, Northeast & Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center

MSW, Rutgers Ph.D., Rutgers

Dr. Gilmore Powell’s areas of practice include leadership and management of externally funded research projects in prevention science; grant writing; participating in state and national substance abuse prevention systems; and research in the following areas: community-level interventions, organizational empowerment theory, evaluation research, measurement development (e.g. organizational effectiveness), and coalition capacity building and sustainability.


Kristen Gilmore Powell, Ph.D., L.S.W., is an Assistant Research Professor with the Rutgers University School of Social Work and Associate Director of the Center for Prevention Science. Dr. Powell is the Director (and PI) of the Northeast and Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center, covering New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Dr. Powell earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Social Work, in 2013. She has been conducting research and evaluation on topics relevant to prevention science, environmental strategies, empowerment theory, sustainability, and health disparities for more than 10 years.

Dr. Powell currently serves as Principal Investigator and Investigator on multiple externally funded research projects. Much of this work focuses on how individual and environmental strategies can prevent the harmful consequences of substance misuse and abuse, particularly in communities identified with high need and existing health disparities. Dr Powell’s research includes mixed-method research and evaluation approaches within a framework of empowerment and collaborative efforts to improve substance misuse prevention policy and prevention systems at state or territory and community levels. Recent work specifically focused on community coalitions and peer-based services implementing individual-level and environmental strategies to combat prescription drug and opioid misuse, underage drinking, and tobacco use. She has held several volunteer leadership positions, including her current role as President of the Board of Trustees of Triple C Housing, Inc.

Selected Recent Publications: 

McGuire, A.B., Powell, K.G., Treitler, P., Wagner, K., Smith, K., Cooperman, N.A…Watson, D.P. (2020). Emergency Department-based Peers for Medication Assisted Treatment Linkage Post Opioid Overdose: Models and Factors Affecting Implementation. Journal for Substance Abuse Treatment, 108, 82-87.

Peterson, N.A., Powell, K.G., Treitler, P., Litterer, D., Borys, S. & Hallcom, D. (2019). The strategic prevention framework in community-based coalitions: Internal processes and associated impacts on policies affecting adolescent substance abuse. Children and Youth Services Review, 101, 352-362.

Farmer, A.Y., Powell, K.G., Trietler, P., Peterson, N.A., & Borys, S. (2019). A case study of SBIRT on a college campus: Challenges, adaptations, and improved outcomes. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 19, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/1533256X.2019.1590703

Powell, K.G., Treitler, P., Peterson, N.A., Borys, S. & Hallcom, D. (2019). Promoting opioid overdose prevention and recovery: An exploratory study of an innovative intervention model to decrease opioid-related deaths. International Journal of Drug Policy, 64, 21-29. doi:

Treitler, P., Peterson, N.A., *Howell, T. H., & Powell, K. G. (2018). Measuring sense of community responsibility in community-based prevention coalitions: An Item Response Theory analysis. American Journal of Community Psychology, 62(1-2), 110-120. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12269

Peterson, N.A., Powell, K.G., Peterson C.H. & Reid, R.J. (2017). Testing the phrase completion response option format in a sociopolitical control scale for youth. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 3(1), 57-71. doi: 10.1285/i24212113v3i1p57

Powell, K. G., *Gold, S. Peterson, N. A., Borys, S., & Hallcom, D. (2017). Empowerment in coalitions targeting underage drinking: Differential effects of organizational characteristics for volunteers and staff. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Special Edition, 17(1-2), 75-94. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2017.1304947

  • Reprinted (in-press) in A. Begun, D. DiNitto, & L. Straussner (Eds.), Implementing the Grand Challenge of Reducing and Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Its Consequences. New York: Routledge.

Gold, S. Powell, K. G., Everson, M., Peterson, N. A., Borys, S., & Hallcom, D. K.  (2016). High-Risk obtainment of prescription drugs among older adults in New Jersey: The role of prescription painkillers. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(10), e67-e77. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14430

Powell, K. G., & Peterson, N. A. (2014). Pathways to effectiveness in substance abuse prevention: Empowering organizational characteristics of community-based coalitions. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance. 38, 471–486. doi: 10.1080/23303131.2014.935839

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