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Urban — Global Public Health

Faculty Profile

  • Qiana Brown, PhD, MPH, LCSW

  • Assistant Professor

  • Department of Urban-Global Public Health

Substance Use Disorder epidemiology; maternal and child health; health disparities; urban health; mental health; social determinants of health; prevention science.

Dr. Brown earned her PhD in drug dependence epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University. She subsequently completed a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in substance abuse epidemiology at Columbia University. Both her pre- and postdoctoral research fellowships were funded by NIDA T32 training grants in epidemiology and biostatistics. In addition, Dr. Brown holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in maternal and child health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in social work with children, adolescents, and families from the University of Alabama, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Auburn University.

Research Interests
Dr. Brown’s research focuses on the epidemiology of substance use disorders and maternal and child health. She uses a person-in-environment approach to examine the role of the social environment in shaping substance use and other behavioral health outcomes among women, youth, and families – with an emphasis on examining substance use among pregnant and non-pregnant reproductive-age women. Dr. Brown’s peer-reviewed research has been published in top-tier journals, to include JAMA.

Select Publications
Metz, V., Brown, Q., Martins, S., Palamar, J. (2018) "Characteristics of drug use among pregnant women in the United States: Opioid and non-opioid illegal drug use.", Drug and alcohol dependence Vol. 183

Mauro, P., Carliner, H., Brown, Q., Hasin, D., Shmulewitz, D., Rahim-Juwel, R., Sarvet, A., Wall, M., Martins, S. (2018) "Age Differences in Daily and Nondaily Cannabis Use in the United States, 2002-2014.", Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs Vol. 79

Brown, Q., Sarvet, A., Shmulewitz, D., Martins, S., Wall, M., Hasin, D. (2017) "Trends in Marijuana Use Among Pregnant and Nonpregnant Reproductive-Aged Women, 2002-2014.", JAMA Vol. 317

Brown, Q., Milam, A., Bowie, J., Ialongo, N., Gaskin, D., Furr-Holden, D. (2016) "The Moderating Role of Gender in the Relationship Between Tobacco Outlet Exposure and Tobacco Use Among African American Young Adults.", Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research Vol. 17

Brown, Q., Hasin, D., Keyes, K., Fink, D., Ravenell, O., Martins, S. (2016) "Health insurance, alcohol and tobacco use among pregnant and non-pregnant women of reproductive age.", Drug and alcohol dependence Vol. 166

Brown, Q., Milam, A., Smart, M., Johnson, R., Linton, S., Furr-Holden, C., Ialongo, N. (2014) "Objective and perceived neighborhood characteristics and tobacco use among young adults.", Drug and alcohol dependence Vol. 134

Brown, Q., Linton, S., Harrell, P., Mancha, B., Alexandre, P., Chen, K., Eaton, W. (2014) "The influence of religious attendance on smoking.", Substance use & misuse Vol. 49

Brown, Q., Cavanaugh, C., Penniman, T., Latimer, W. (2012) "The Impact of Homelessness on Recent Sex Trade among Pregnant Women in Drug Treatment.", Journal of substance use Vol. 17

Scholarly Activities
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Substance Use

Editorial Board Member, Substance Use and Misuse

Diversity Scholars Network Grantsmanship Fellowship - National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (2017) - Awards are intended to encourage networking, presenting of posters or oral talks, and career development opportunities.

Travel Award - International Women’s and Children’s Health and Gender Group (2017) - Recognize investigators who analyze their data by sex or conduct female-focused research.

Travel Award, Early Career Investigators - College on Problems of Drug Dependence (2017) - Awarded to scientists who are not more than five years beyond their doctorate (Ph.D.) or residency (M.D., D.V.M., etc.).

Travel Award, Women & Sex/Gender Differences Junior Investigators - National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/College on Problems of Drug Dependence (2016) - Recognize junior investigators who analyze their data by sex or conduct female-focused research.

Travel Award for Junior Investigators - Research Society on Alcoholism/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (2015) - Junior Investigator Meeting Awards are provided each year to individuals who are the presenting author of a poster or giving an oral presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting. Awards are funded by a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) conference grant.

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