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Alexandra Punch

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426 Eggers Hall


Alexandra Punch is the director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health. She received an M.P.A. from Northeastern University in 2012; where she also received a doctorate in law and public policy in 2024.

As Lerner Center director, Punch handles day-to-day operations and oversees the center's health promotion programming. Her interdisciplinary research interests are centered on applied approaches to criminal justice reform, substance use disorders and behaviors, maternal health, and harm reduction policy. 

Prior to working at Syracuse University, she served as the director of drug user health at ACR Health. There, she focused on innovative treatment practices and community collaborations for addressing opioid dependence using the Harm Reduction model of care. She also worked at the Onondaga County Health Department as a research technician in the Bureau of Disease Control. 

She is a member of the Onondaga County Drug Task Force and the Regional Advisory Committee for the State Opioid Response (SOR) Network, and a board member for the nonprofit organization Child Care Solutions. 

Areas of Expertise

Harm Reduction, drug use behavior, mental and behavioral health, applied research

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene/ BJA COSSAP “New York Opioid Court Treatment Enhancement Project,” 2019-2022
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation “Implementing and Evaluating the Efficacy of a New Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Plan of Safe Care” 2020-2021
TechGarden Community Grant “Evaluating the Impact of Email Nudges on Virtual Wellness Race Participants,” 2022
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation “Implementing Plans of Safe Care for Pregnant Women
and Mothers with Substance Use Disorders”, 2021-2022
Bureau for Justice Assistance/ COSSAP “2022 Onondaga County Sheriff's Office COSSAP”, 2023-2025