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Sharon  Levy, MD, MPH

Sharon Levy, MD, MPH
Medicine Research
Developmental Medicine Research
Hospital Title:
Medical Director, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Drug use treatment strategies
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Research Overview

Sharon Levy's research focuses on development of drug use treatment strategies for adolescent patients that can be used in the ambulatory medical setting. In previous work she examined physicians' knowledge, practices and attitudes regarding drug testing of adolescent patients and the use of home drug testing by parents of adolescent children. One of her current projects is to determine the therapeutic efficacy of drug testing adolescent patients with identified drug problems. Another area of interest is the use of Buprenorphine as an ambulatory treatment for opioid-dependent adolescents.

Goals of Dr. Levy's work include:

  • Determine how drug testing is used in ambulatory medical practice
  • Determine the therapeutic efficacy of drug testing adolescent patients with problem drug use
  • Determine the effects of long term administration of Buprenorphine to adolescent patients with opiod dependence

About Sharon Levy

Sharon Levy received her MD from New York University School of Medicine and completed her residency at NYU Med Ctr/Bellevue Hospital. She was later awarded a Dyson Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.


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  1. Levy SJ, Williams JF. Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. Pediatrics. 2016 Jul; 138(1).
  2. Nackers KA, Kokotailo P, Levy SJ. Substance Abuse, General Principles. Pediatr Rev. 2015 Dec; 36(12):535-44.
  3. Harris SK, Herr-Zaya K, Weinstein Z, Whelton K, Perfas F, Castro-Donlan C, Straus J, Schoneman K, Botticelli M, Levy S. Results of a statewide survey of adolescent substance use screening rates and practices in primary care. Subst Abus. 2012; 33(4):321-6.
  4. Levy SJ, Kokotailo PK. Substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2011 Nov; 128(5):e1330-40.
  5. Levy S, Knight JR, Moore T, Weinstein Z, Sherritt L, Weiss RD. Acceptability of drug testing in an outpatient substance abuse program for adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Mar; 48(3):229-33.
  6. Levy S, Sherritt L, Gabrielli J, Shrier LA, Knight JR. Screening adolescents for substance use-related high-risk sexual behaviors. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Nov; 45(5):473-7.
  7. Levy S, Williams JF, Knight JR. Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for adolescents: companion clinical case. J Addict Med. 2008; 2(4):222-6.
  8. Levy S, Knight JR. Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for adolescents. J Addict Med. 2008; 2(4):215-21.
  9. Knight JR, Levy S. The national debate on drug testing in schools. J Adolesc Health. 2007 Nov; 41(5):419-20.
  10. Levy S, Sherritt L, Vaughan BL, Germak M, Knight JR. Results of random drug testing in an adolescent substance abuse program. Pediatrics. 2007 Apr; 119(4):e843-8.
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  12. Levy S, Vaughan BL, Angulo M, Knight JR. Buprenorphine replacement therapy for adolescents with opioid dependence: early experience from a children's hospital-based outpatient treatment program. J Adolesc Health. 2007 May; 40(5):477-82.
  13. Jaffee WB, Trucco E, Levy S, Weiss RD. Is this urine really negative? A systematic review of tampering methods in urine drug screening and testing. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2007 Jul; 33(1):33-42.
  14. Levy S, Harris SK, Sherritt L, Angulo M, Knight JR. Drug testing of adolescents in general medical clinics, in school and at home: physician attitudes and practices. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Apr; 38(4):336-42.
  15. Levy S, Harris SK, Sherritt L, Angulo M, Knight JR. Drug testing of adolescents in ambulatory medicine: physician practices and knowledge. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006 Feb; 160(2):146-50.
  16. Levy S, Knight JR. Office based management of adolescent substance use. Neinstein. Adolescent Health Care: A Practical Guide. 2006; chapter 73.
  17. Levy S, Woolf A. Psychoactive substances of abuse used by adolescents. Neinstein. Adolescent Health Care, A Practical Guide. 2006.
  18. Levy S, Harris SK, Sherritt LE, Angulo M, Knight JR. Drug testing in generla medical clinics, in school adn at home: Self reported physician practices, agreement with use of testing and testing recommendations. J Adolesc Health. 2006.
  19. Levy S, Harris SK, Sherritt L, Angulo M, Knight JR. Drug testin of adolescents in ambularoty medicine: Physician practice and knowledge. Arch Pediatr Adolesce Med. 2006.
  20. Levy S, Knight JR. Laboratory testing of substances of abuse. Neintstein. Adolescent Health Care: A Practical Guide. 2006; chapter 71.
  21. Knight JR, Sherritt L, Van Hook S, Gates EC, Levy S, Chang G. Motivational interviewing for adolescent substance use: a pilot study. J Adolesc Health. 2005 Aug; 37(2):167-9.
  22. Bridgemohan CF, Levy S, Veluz AK, Knight JR. Teaching paediatric residents about learning disorders: use of standardised case discussion versus multimedia computer tutorial. Med Educ. 2005 Aug; 39(8):797-806.
  23. Levy S, Sherritt L, Harris SK, Gates EC, Holder DW, Kulig JW, Knight JR. Test-retest reliability of adolescents' self-report of substance use. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2004 Aug; 28(8):1236-41.
  24. Levy S, Van Hook S, Knight J. A review of Internet-based home drug-testing products for parents. Pediatrics. 2004 Apr; 113(4):720-6.
  25. Levy S, Knight JR. Office management of substance abuse. Adolescent Health Update. 2003; 15(3).
  26. Vaughan BL, Levy S, Knight JR. Adolescent substance use: prevention and management by primary care clinicians. J Clin Outcomes Manage. 2003; 10(3):166-74.
  27. Levy S, Vaughan BL, Knight JR. Office-based intervention for adolescent substance abuse. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2002 Apr; 49(2):329-43.
  28. Levy S, Knight JR. Save time. 2002.
  29. Cox J, Samuels R, Vohra D, Fong J, Karales S, Moon C, Naidus E, Becket R, Levy S. Advocating Success for Kids: An Advocacy and assessment program for children with school and behavioral problems. Pediatric Ambulatory Society Meeting, poster presentation. 2001.
  30. Vaughan B, Levy S. More than just an accident. 2001.
  31. Levy S, Vaughan BL. Motivational Interviewing. 2001.
  32. Levy S, Frazer C, Emans SJ, Dennis S, Craigle V, Knight JR. The Tale of Tommy's Testing: Weaving New Knowledge into an Old Shell. Slice of Life/Computers in Health Educations Symposium, platform presentation. 2000.
  33. Knight JR, Levy S. The tale of Tommy's testing. 2000.
  34. Levy S, Knight JR. A Right to Learn. 1999.
  35. Knight JR, Augustyn M, Frazer CH, Levy S, Hubbard C, Parker S. Developmental Pediatrics. 1999.
  36. LevyS. Intern advocacy teaching training manual. 1998.
  37. Levy S, Tewksbury L. Pediatric physical exam. 1997.
  38. Levy S, Lawrence R. NYU Medical Center Teaching Retreat Manual. 1997.
  39. Levy SJ, Pierce JP. Drug use among Sydney teenagers in 1985 and 1986. Community Health Stud. 1989; 13(2):161-9.
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