National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

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

Chris-Jones

Christopher Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH (CAPT, USPHS), is the acting director for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), and a captain in the US Public Health Service. When not serving as the acting director, Dr. Jones is the deputy director of NCIPC. 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 – the prevention of overdose, suicide, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

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. During his career Dr. Jones has served as acting associate deputy assistant secretary for Science and Data Policy and as director of the Division of Science Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation 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, among other leadership roles in HHS.

Dr. Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree from Reinhardt College, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University, a Master of Public Health degree from New York Medical College, and a Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Jones 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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