Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH

Christopher Jones

CAPT, US Public Health Service
Deputy Director (DD)


Areas of Expertise

  • Substance use and overdose prevention
  • Suicide prevention
  • ACEs
  • Injury data and surveillance
  • Policy development and evaluation

Dr. Christopher Jones currently serves as Deputy Director (DD) of the CDC Injury Center. As DD, he drives the Center’s strategic direction by overseeing the refinement of the scientific research agenda and the coordination of center priorities. He oversees and enhances collaboration among the Office of Science, Office of Informatics, Office of Strategy and Innovation, and Opioid Response Coordinating Unit.

Previously, Dr.  Jones served as the  Senior Advisor to the Injury Center and  the Associate Director in the Office of Strategy and Innovation in the CDC Injury Center. As Senior Advisor, he provided strategic policy and scientific direction and coordination on a broad range of injury and violence topics including drug overdose, suicide, and adverse childhood experiences. As the Associate Director, he lead strategic planning efforts and the development of innovations across Injury Center programs and topics; lead a team of scientists and public health practitioners to advance innovative approaches to using data to inform prevention efforts, built partnerships to advance public health data and surveillance, and strengthened interagency and nongovernmental collaborations on injury and violence prevention. He also served 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.