Alana Vivolo-Kantor, PhD, MPH

Alana Vivolo-Kantor

Lead Health Scientist, Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP)


Areas of Expertise

  • Overdose Surveillance
  • Nonfatal drug poisoning
  • Emergency department data
  • Emergency Medical Services data

Dr. Alana Vivolo-Kantor is a Senior Health Scientist and Overdose Morbidity Team Lead in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) at CDC’s InjuryCenter. In this role, she manages the nonfatal overdose surveillance data collected from health departments funded by CDC’s Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS) and the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) cooperative agreements. She serves as a team lead overseeing all aspects of the ESOOS and OD2A emergency department and emergency medical services data sharing and partnership with CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP). She has served in this role since November 2018 and has been at CDC since 2009.

Prior to coming to DOP, Dr. Vivolo-Kantor was a Behavioral Scientist in CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention in the Research and Evaluation Branch where she focused on measurement, surveillance, etiologic research, and program evaluation activities for youth violence, bullying, and teen dating violence. She participated in several large projects including the development of a case definition for bullying, providing technical assistance and oversight for the Youth Violence Prevention Centers, and managing the data and analysis for Dating Matters, a multi-site randomized controlled trial of a teen dating violence intervention.

Dr. Vivolo-Kantor has her doctorate in public health from Georgia State University and her master’s degree from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, MMWRs, book chapters, and government reports and has given over 50 presentations.