Magdalena Cerda
Magdalena Cerdá, DrPH
NYU Langone Health - Professor, Department of Population Health and Department of Emergency Medicine
NYU Langone Health - Director, Center on Opioid Epidemiology and Policy
DrPH, Public Health, Harvard University, School of Public Health
MPH, Public Health, Yale University
BS, Communication, Cornell University, Agriculture and Life Sciences
Research Interests
Opioid use disorder, Violence prevention, Firearms, Prescription drugs, Heroin, Drug overdose, Social determinants of injury, Marijuana, Homicide, Suicide
Magdalena Cerdá is Professor of Population Health at New York University Langone Health and Director of the NYU Center on Opioid Epidemiology and Policy. Her work integrates approaches from social and psychiatric epidemiology to examine how social contexts shape violent behavior, substance use and common forms of mental illness. Her expertise extends to the epidemiology and policy determinants of substance use with a particular focus on opioid and marijuana use, including two NIDA-funded studies to examine the impact that prescription opioid policies and marijuana legalization have on opioid prescribing, chronic pain, and opioid overdoses, and a NIDA-funded study to examine the impact that national marijuana legalization in Uruguay has on substance use.  Dr. Cerdá also uses agent-based models to simulate the potential impact of city- and neighborhood-level prevention programs and policies on violence. Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Cerdá served as the Vice-Chancellor’s Endowed Chair on Violence Prevention at UC-Davis and on the faculty at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Cerdá received her DrPH from Harvard University and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Michigan.
Principal Investigator, Comparative Evaluation of Overdose Prevention Programs in New York City and Rhode Island. Active
Principal Investigator, Examining the Synergistic Effects of Cannabis and Prescription Opioid Policies on Chronic Pain, Opioid Prescribing, and Opioid Overdose. Active
Principal Investigator, Large Data Spatiotemporal Modeling of Optimal Combinations of Interventions to Reduce Opioid Harm in the United States. Active
Principal Investigator, Reducing Drug-Related Mortality Using Predictive Analytics: A Randomized, Statewide, Community Intervention Trial. Active
Principal Investigator, Health and Social Consequences of Marijuana Legalization. Completed
Principal Investigator, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Opioid-Related Harm. Completed
Principal Investigator, Substance Abuse History, Mental Health and Firearm Violence: From Evidence To Action. Completed


Cartus AR, Goedel WC, Jent VA, Macmadu A, Pratty C, Hallowell BD, Allen B, Li Y, Cerda M, Marshall BDL (2023).
Neighborhood-level association between release from incarceration and fatal overdose, Rhode Island, 2016-2020
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 247, 109867. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2023.109867.

Fink DS, Keyes KM, Branas C, Cerda M, Gruenwald P, Hasin D (2023).
Understanding the differential effect of local socio-economic conditions on the relation between prescription opioid supply and drug overdose deaths in US counties
Addiction, 118 (6), 1072-1082. doi: 10.1111/add.16123. PMCID: PMC10175115.

Cartus AR, Samuels EA, Cerda M, Marshall BDL (2023).
Outcome class imbalance and rare events: An underappreciated complication for overdose risk prediction modeling
Addiction, 118 (6), 1167-1176. doi: 10.1111/add.16133. PMCID: PMC10175167.

Hasin DS, Wall MM, Choi CJ, Alschuler DM, Malte C, Olfson M, Keyes KM, Gradus JL, Cerda M, Maynard CC, Keyhani S, Martins SS, Fink DS, Livne O, Mannes Z, Sherman S, Saxon AJ (2023).
State cannabis legalization and cannabis use disorder in the US Veterans Health Administration, 2005 to 2019
JAMA Psychiatry [Epub 2023 Mar 1]. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2023.0019. PMCID: PMC9979011.

Cerda M, Krawczyk N, Keyes K (2023).
The future of the United States overdose crisis: Challenges and opportunities
Milbank Quarterly, 101 (S1), 478-506. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12602. PMCID: PMC10126987.


Castillo-Carniglia A, Ponicki W, Gaidus A, Gruenewald P, Marshall BDL, Fink DS, Martins SS, Rivera-Aguirre A, Wintemute G, Cerda M (2019).
Prescription drug monitoring programs and opioid overdoses: Exploring sources of heterogeneity
Epidemiology, 30 (2), 212-220. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000950. PMCID: PMC6437666.

Cerda M, Wall M, Feng T, Keyes KM, Sarvet A, Schulenberg J, O'Malley PM, Pacula RL, Galea S, Hasin DS (2017).
Association of state recreational marijuana laws with adolescent marijuana use
JAMA Pediatrics, 171 (2), 142-149. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.3624. PMCID: PMC5365078.

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