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
VE Metz,QL Brown,SS Martins,JJ Palamar (2018) "Characteristics of drug use among pregnant women in the United States: Opioid and non-opioid illegal drug use.", Drug and alcohol dependence 183(5) 261-266- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=29310077&report=abstract

PM Mauro,H Carliner,QL Brown,DS Hasin,D Shmulewitz,R Rahim-Juwel,AL Sarvet,MM Wall,SS Martins (2018) "Age Differences in Daily and Nondaily Cannabis Use in the United States, 2002-2014.", Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs 79(5) 423-431- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=29885150&report=abstract

QL Brown,CE Cavanaugh,TV Penniman,WW Latimer (2012) "The Impact of Homelessness on Recent Sex Trade among Pregnant Women in Drug Treatment.", Journal of substance use 17(5) 287-293- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=22754382&report=abstract

QL Brown,AJ Milam,MJ Smart,RM Johnson,SL Linton,CDM Furr-Holden,NS Ialongo (2014) "Objective and perceived neighborhood characteristics and tobacco use among young adults.", Drug and alcohol dependence 134(5) 370-375- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=24300901&report=abstract

QL Brown,SL Linton,PT Harrell,BE Mancha,PK Alexandre,KF Chen,WW Eaton (2014) "The influence of religious attendance on smoking.", Substance use & misuse 49(5) 1392-9- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=24827865&report=abstract

Q Brown,AJ Milam,JV Bowie,NS Ialongo,DJ Gaskin,D Furr-Holden (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 17(5) 338-46- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=26680642&report=abstract

QL Brown,DS Hasin,KM Keyes,DS Fink,O Ravenell,SS Martins (2016) "Health insurance, alcohol and tobacco use among pregnant and non-pregnant women of reproductive age.", Drug and alcohol dependence 166(5) 116-24- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=27422762&report=abstract

QL Brown,AL Sarvet,D Shmulewitz,SS Martins,MM Wall,DS Hasin (2017) "Trends in Marijuana Use Among Pregnant and Nonpregnant Reproductive-Aged Women, 2002-2014.", JAMA 317(5) 207-209- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=27992619&report=abstract

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.

Social Media & Websites
Twitter: https://twitter.com/QianaBrownPhD