Nicole O'Donnell, CRS Director

Nicole O’Donnell is a Certified Recovery Specialist, recognized by the Philadelphia Inquirer for excellence in patient care for her work at Penn Medicine’s Center for Addiction Medicine and Policy, which includes supporting patients at Penn Presbyterian, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Hospital of the University of Penn.  Ms. O’Donnell has extensive experience working with individuals with Substance Use Disorder, and their families.  Her work currently includes reaching out to those experiencing being unsheltered, substance use, and mental health barriers. 

Brittany Salerno, Research Coordinator

Brittany is a Clinical Research Coordinator for Emergency Buprenorphine at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is also an MPH candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Philadelphia Overdose Prevention Network. Her passions include targeting interventions to mitigate racial disparities across public health, drug policy reform, and documentary-style photography. When she isn’t busy passing out Narcan and tweeting on harm reduction, you can find her at home watching Gilmore Girls and spending time with her friends and family.

Rachel McFadden, Opioid Stewardship Fellow

Rachel is a nurse in HUP’s Emergency Department and at Prevention Point Philadelphia’s syringe exchange and wound care clinic. The foundation of her clinical philosophy and practice is harm reduction – a social justice movement as well as a practical approach to reducing the negative consequences of substance use. In addition to producing concrete evidence-based strategies to improve the health and well-being of people who use drugs, harm reduction shines a light on the rich, everyday opportunities health professionals have to learn from and work with people who use drugs. As a Bloomberg Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, her work centers on reducing stigma, and strengthening Penn’s capacity to respond to the opioid/substance use crisis through the integration of harm reduction, and bridging Penn’s medical services to community-based and public health efforts.