Associate Professor

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Vice Chancellor's Chair in Violence Prevention
  • Associate Director, Violence Prevention Research Program


Dr.P.H., Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston 2006

M.P.H., Yale University School of Public Health, New Haven CT 1999

B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1997


Post-doctoral fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

Research Interest

  • Epidemiology
  • Community health
  • Violence Prevention 


Cerdá M, Santaella J, Marshall B, Kim J, Martins SS. Nonmedical prescription opioid use in childhood and early adolescence predicts transitions to heroin use in young adulthood: A national study. The Journal of Pediatrics. In press.
Cerdá M, Tracy M, Keyes KM, Galea S. To treat or to prevent? Reducing the population burden of violence-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Epidemiology. In press.

Cerdá M, Tracy M, Ahern J, Galea S. Addressing population health and health inequalities: the role of fundamental causes. American Journal of Public Health. 2014; 104 Suppl 4: S609-S619. 

Cerdá M, Richards C, Cohen GH, Calabrese JR, Liberzon I, Tamburrino M, Galea S, Koenen KC. Civilian stressors associated with alcohol use disorders in the national guard. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014; 47(4): 461-6. 

Lowe SR, Joshi S, Pietrzak RH, Galea S, Cerdá M. Mental health and general wellness in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Social Science Medicine. 2015 Jan;124:162-70. Epub 2014 Nov 18.