Erin M. Parker, PhD

Erin Parker

Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Overdose Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Youth violence
  • Firearm violence prevention
  • Developmental criminology
  • Opioid overdose prevention
  • Prevention effectiveness research

Lieutenant Commander Erin Parker, PhD, serves as the Deputy Associate Director for Science (Deputy ADS) in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). As Deputy ADS, Dr. Parker is responsible for ensuring the scientific quality and integrity of the Division’s work in overdose prevention.

Dr. Parker is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Parker began her career at CDC in 2011 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in DUIP.  After EIS, she served as a Health Scientist on the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch in DUIP, where she worked on projects in older adult fall prevention, global road safety, drowning, child injury, and fires/burns.  In 2017, she joined the DUIP Senior Leadership Team in her current role as Deputy ADS.

Dr. Parker received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and her MA and PhD in Sociology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. As a graduate student, she was a Demography Trainee and National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Fellow at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown.