Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH
CAPT, US Public Health Service
Associate Director, Office of Strategy and Innovation
Areas of Expertise
- Substance use and overdose prevention
- Suicide prevention
- Injury data and surveillance
- Policy development and evaluation
Dr. Christopher Jones currently serves as a Senior Advisor and is the Associate Director in the Office of Strategy and Innovation in the CDC Injury Center. As Senior Advisor, he provides strategic policy and scientific direction and coordination on a broad range of injury and violence topics including drug overdose, suicide, and adverse childhood experiences. In addition, as the Associate Director, he leads strategic planning efforts and the development of innovations across Injury Center programs and topics; leads a team of scientists and public health practitioners to advance innovative approaches to using data to inform prevention efforts, builds partnerships to advance public health data and surveillance, and strengthens interagency and nongovernmental collaborations on injury and violence prevention; and serves as a senior scientist conducting epidemiological and policy research.
Prior to joining CDC, he 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 in leadership roles in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS and in the Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, among other assignments as a U.S. Public Health Service commissioned corps officer. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Reinhardt College, his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University, his Master of Public Health degree from New York Medical College, and his Doctorate of Public Health degree in health policy from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.