Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

PhD, Washington State University

Pronouns: he/him/his

Noel Vest, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. As a formerly incarcerated scholar, Dr. Vest advocates for social justice issues and public policy concerning substance use disorder recovery and prison reentry. His research interests include mental health, substance use disorders, poverty, social justice, addiction recovery, and pain. He was recently awarded a K01 early investigator award through the National Institute of Drug Abuse to study collegiate recovery programs through an implementation science lens. He received his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University. He recently finished a postdoc in the Department of Anesthesia at Stanford Medicine.

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  1. Stull SW, Smith KE, Vest NA, Effinger DP, Epstein DH. Potential Value of the Insights and Lived Experiences of Addiction Researchers With Addiction. J Addict Med. 2022 Mar-Apr 01; 16(2):135-137. PMID: 33973924; PMCID: PMC8578573; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000867;
  2. Russell AM, Vest NA, Litt DM. Social networking site use and alcohol use behaviors among adolescents: A latent profile analysis. Addict Behav. 2022 06; 129:107261. PMID: 35114629; PMCID: PMC8901540; DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2022.107261;
  3. Vest NA, Rossi FS, Ilgen M, Humphreys K, Timko C. Substance Use, PTSD Symptoms, and Suicidal Ideation Among Veteran Psychiatry Inpatients: A Latent Class Trajectory Analysis. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2021 11; 82(6):792-800. PMID: 34762039; PMCID: PMC8819620; DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2021.82.792;
  4. Vest N, Reinstra M, Timko C, Kelly J, Humphreys K. College programming for students in addiction recovery: A PRISMA-guided scoping review. Addict Behav. 2021 10; 121:106992. PMID: 34087765; PMCID: PMC8259809; DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106992;
  5. Vest N, Johnson O, Nowotny K, Brinkley-Rubinstein L. Prison Population Reductions and COVID-19: A Latent Profile Analysis Synthesizing Recent Evidence From the Texas State Prison System. J Urban Health. 2021 02; 98(1):53-58. PMID: 33337529; PMCID: PMC7747775; DOI: 10.1007/s11524-020-00504-z;
  6. Vest N, Sox-Harris A, Ilgen M, Humphreys K, Timko C. Depression, Alcoholics Anonymous Involvement, and Daily Drinking Among Patients with co-occurring Conditions: A Longitudinal Parallel Growth Mixture Model. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2020 12; 44(12):2570-2578. PMID: 33104268; PMCID: PMC7863278; DOI: 10.1111/acer.14474;
  7. Shover CL, Falasinnu TO, Dwyer CL, Santos NB, Cunningham NJ, Freedman RB, Vest NA, Humphreys K. Steep increases in fentanyl-related mortality west of the Mississippi River: Recent evidence from county and state surveillance. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 11 01; 216:108314. PMID: 33038637; PMCID: PMC7521591; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108314;
  8. Shover CL, Vest NA, Chen D, Stueber A, Falasinnu TO, Hah JM, Kim J, Mackey I, Weber KA, Ziadni M, Humphreys K. Association of State Policies Allowing Medical Cannabis for Opioid Use Disorder With Dispensary Marketing for This Indication. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 07 01; 3(7):e2010001. PMID: 32662844; PMCID: PMC7361653; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.10001;
  9. Vest NA, McPherson S, Burns GL, Tragesser S. Parallel modeling of pain and depression in prediction of relapse during buprenorphine and naloxone treatment: A finite mixture model. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 04 01; 209:107940. PMID: 32135429; PMCID: PMC7173998; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.107940;
  10. Vest NA, Tragesser S. Coping motives mediate the relationship between borderline personality features and alcohol, cannabis, and prescription opioid use disorder symptomatology in a substance use disorder treatment sample. Personal Disord. 2020 05; 11(3):230-236. PMID: 31815505; PMCID: PMC7156315; DOI: 10.1037/per0000385;
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2019 Washington State University: Experimental Psychology Graduate Student of the Year
2017 Addictive Behaviors: Elsevier Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing
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Addiction Recovery
Mental Health
Substance Use Disorders
Pain, Chronic
Latent Class Modeling
collegiate recovery programs
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