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, Understanding the Short- and Long-term Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Overdose Crisis. 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


Hoffman KL, Milazzo F, Williams NT, Samples H, Olfson M, Diaz I, Doan L, Cerda M, Crystal S, Rudolph KE (2024).
Independent and joint contributions of physical disability and chronic pain to incident opioid use disorder and opioid overdose among Medicaid patients
Psychological Medicine, 54 (7), 1419-1430. doi: 10.1017/S003329172300332X. PMCID: PMC10994776.

Cerda M, Hamilton AD, Hyder A, Rutherford C, Bobashev G, Epstein JM, Hatna E, Krawczyk N, El-Bassel N, Feaster DJ, Keyes KM (2024).
Simulating the simultaneous impact of medication for opioid use disorder and naloxone on opioid overdose death in eight New York counties
Epidemiology, 35 (3), 418-429. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001703.

McGinty EE, Seewald NJ, Bandara S, Cerda M, ..., Stuart EA (2024).
Scaling interventions to manage chronic disease: Innovative methods at the intersection of health policy research and implementation science
Prevention Science, 25 (Suppl 1), 96-108. doi: 10.1007/s11121-022-01427-8. PMCID: PMC11042861.

Borquez I, Cerda M, Gonzalez-Santa Cruz A, Krawczyk N, Castillo-Carniglia A (2024).
Longitudinal trajectories of substance use disorder treatment use: A latent class growth analysis using a national cohort in Chile
Addiction, 119 (4), 753-765. doi: 10.1111/add.16412.

Kim B, Thorpe LE, Spoer BR, Titus AR, Santaella-Tenorio J, Cerda M, Gourevitch MN, Matthay EC (2024).
State-level firearm laws and firearm homicide in US cities: Heterogenous associations by city characteristics
Journal of Urban Health, 101 (2), 280-288. doi: 10.1007/s11524-024-00851-1. PMCID: PMC11052935.


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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