August 4, 2021

The Addiction and Public Policy Initiative welcomes two new scholars, Taleed El-Sabawi and Jennifer D. Oliva.

Taleed El-Sabawi is an assistant professor of law at Elon University School of Law, and is a member of the Actional Advisory Circle of the North Carolina Urban Survivors Union. She specializes in addiction and mental health policy, politics, and law.

At the O’Neill Institute, El-Sabawi will focus on translating research into actionable public policy, conducting novel research, and contributing to the addiction policy scholarship landscape.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to contribute to the body of evidence needed for meaningful addiction policy reforms,” said El-Sabawi.

Jennifer D. Oliva is the associate dean for faculty research and development and director of the Center for Health and Pharmaceutical Law at Seton Hall Law, and was recently appointed to the National Pain Advocacy Center’s Science and Policy Advisory Council. She specializes in health law and policy, FDA law, drug policy, privacy, evidence, and complex litigation.

At the O’Neill Institute, Oliva will focus on developing legal and policy strategies to advance access to evidence-based services and address discrimination.

“I’m thrilled and humble to have the chance to develop and advocate for much-needed addiction law and policy reforms with such a talented team,” said Oliva.

“We are thrilled to welcome Professors Taleed El-Sabawi and Jennifer Oliva to O’Neill,” said Shelly Weizman, the acting director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative. “As we develop legal and policy strategies that address discrimination, foster equity, and translate research into actionable public policy, their expertise, scholarship, and practical experience are invaluable additions to our work.”

About the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative

The Addiction and Public Policy Initiative works with physicians, researchers, government officials, advocates, people with lived experience, and others to advance public policy that promotes a public health approach to substance use disorders. We seek to distill research into actionable steps so that policymakers can develop evidence-based strategies to address addiction, increase equitable access to care, and support recovery.