Office of the Associate Director for Communication

Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH (CAPT, USPHS)

Associate Director for Communication

Christopher Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH, is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Acting Associate Director for Communication. When not serving as the acting director, Dr. Jones is the deputy director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at CDC. In this role, he serves as the primary scientific advisor to the NCIPC Director and other senior leadership, and provides strategic policy and scientific direction for the Injury Center’s work, shapes the scientific agenda, maintains an active research and evaluation portfolio, and coordinates the Injury Center’s strategic priorities – overdose, suicide, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) prevention.

Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Jones served as the first Director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). During his career Dr. Jones has served as Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Data Policy and Director of the Division of Science Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as senior advisor in the Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), among other leadership roles in HHS.

Dr. Jones received his Bachelor of Science from Reinhardt College, his Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University, his Master of Public Health from New York Medical College, and his Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Jones is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on various public health topics, including substance use, drug overdose, mental health, suicide, and adverse childhood experiences.

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