Julie “Jules” Netherland, Ph.D., is the managing director of the Department of Research and Academic Engagement. In that role, she works to ensure that DPA grounds its policy work in the best possible research and evidence and that researchers and academics have the tools they need to change policy. Jules previously worked in DPA’s New York Policy Office where she was instrumental in passing New York’s first medical marijuana laws. Before coming to DPA, she worked in public health research and policy with a focus on HIV/AIDS and substance use. She is the editor of Critical Perspectives on Addiction (Emerald Press, 2012) and co-author of Whiteout: How Racial Capitalism Changed the Color of Opioids in America (UC Press, 2023). She holds a B.A. in religion from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Social Work from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in medical sociology from the City University of New York.