Miesha Marzell

Miesha Marzell is an Assistant Professor at Binghamton University. She is an expert on the causes and prevention of substance abuse among racial/ethnic minority youth.

Marzell was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and Prevention Research Center. Subsequently, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.


Areas of Expertise: Substance use, racial/ethnic minorities, athletes, mental health

Location: Binghamton, NY

Contact Info:

     Email: mmarzell@binghamton.edu

     Phone: (607) 777-9160

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Vivek Murthy

Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017. He addressed public health issues including the Ebola outbreak, the opioid epidemic, low rates of physical activity, and e-cigarette popularity among youth. Murthy has drawn attention to emotional well-being as an important driver of health, and issued the first Surgeon General’s report on alcohol, drugs, and health. He has cared for thousands of patients in his career and co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States. He has also done research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials.

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Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Opioid Epidemic, Ebola, Zika, Exercise, Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Medical Research

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Info:

Email: media@vivekmurthy.com

Phone: (360) 989-4167


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Regina Shih

Regina Shih is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation where she leads the Climate Change and Health Group. She conducts research in three primary areas: environmental health, aging, and mental health.

Shih has led environmental health projects to develop a toolkit to improve older adults’ resilience to climate change, to identify chemical exposures following climate change-related storms and flooding, and to estimate the health effects of lead exposure and ambient air pollution. She has been cited in outlets such as NPR, CNN, and US News and World Report.

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Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Health, Climate Change, Dementia, Long-Term Care, Substance Use, Neighborhoods and Health

Location: Washington, DC

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As Heard On Public Radio East: “Sleep Problems Prevalent Among Military”

Magdalena Cerdá

Magdalena Cerdá is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses primarily on two areas: (1) the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence; and (2) the social and policy determinants of substance use from childhood to adulthood.

Her current studies include a simulation of the impact that different types of firearms disqualification criteria could have on rates of firearm-related violence, as well as other research focused on prescription drugs, opioid overdose, and marijuana legalization.

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Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Davis

Areas of Expertise: Firearms, Firearms Violence, Violence Prevention, Social Determinants of Health, Neighborhoods and Health, Drug and Alcohol Use, Trauma

Location: Davis, CA

Contact Information:
E-mail: cerda@ucdavis.edu | magda.cerda@gmail.com
Phone: (916) 734-3539

Clip from Talk Given by Cerdá: “Neighborhood Influences On Violence: Building Evidence That Leads To Intervention”

Dr. Nora Volkow

Dr. Nora Volkow is an expert in Drug Abuse and Addiction. She is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research focuses on the toxic and addictive properties of abusable drugs. She has made important contributions to research regarding the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging. She works in Bethesda, Maryland.

Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the NIH

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Contact Information:

Email: media@nida.nih.gov

Phone: 301-443-6245

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Carl Hart

The “War on Drugs” is at the center of Columbia University professor Dr. Carl Hart’s recent book, High Price, a “complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds” that blends personal narrative with years of research on drugs and psychology—much of which, the New York Times says, challenges traditional assumptions of substance abuse.

Hart, the university’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences, is an expert on addiction, and has devoted 25 years to understanding the interaction of the environmental, neurobiological and psychological factors that influence human behavior.

In addition to his groundbreaking academic work, Hart is also a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and serves on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. He has been featured on WNYC, The Young Turks, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and PBS’s the Tavis Smiley show.

Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Behavioral Psychology, Substance Abuse, Drug Addiction, Environmental Factors Affecting Human Behavior

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info:

Phone: (917) 754-6660

Email: CLH42@columbia.edu

Heard on The Takeaway: For a full list, click here.

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