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Taleed El-Sabawi

Taleed El-Sabawi, JD, PhD is a scholar with the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute. Dr. El-Sabawi is an interdisciplinary scholar, with a JD from the University of Texas School of Law and a PhD in Public Health, Health Services Management and Policy with a doctoral cognate in Political Science from the Ohio State University. Her area of expertise is in addiction and mental health policy, politics and law. Dr. El-Sabawi has studied and written extensively on legislative decision-making, interest group mobilization and narrative discourse surrounding opioid overdose deaths; addiction policy history, specifically as it relates to regulation of potentially habit-forming substances; and substance use disorder treatment financing parity. Recently, Dr. El-Sabawi co-authored a model law that creates non-police behavioral health crisis response teams and has been assisting grassroots advocacy groups in developing narrative strategies to garner political support for the reform of institutions that perpetuate racial violence. Dr. El-Sabawi is on the board of advisors of the North Carolina Urban Survivors Union, a chapter of the Urban Survivors Union, and frequently works alongside persons who use drugs advocating for policy reform. Dr. El-Sabawi is also an Assistant Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law.