Erin M. Parker, PhD

Erin Parker

Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Overdose Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Drug overdose prevention

Commander (CDR) Erin Parker, PhD, serves as the deputy associate director for science (deputy ADS) in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. As deputy ADS, CDR Parker is responsible for ensuring the scientific quality and integrity of the division’s work.

CDR Parker began her US Public Health Service career as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at CDC. After EIS, she served as a health scientist in the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch, where she worked on projects in older adult fall prevention, global road safety, drowning, child injury, and fires/burns. In 2017, she joined the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention’s Senior Leadership Team as deputy ADS, moving to the newly-formed DOP as deputy ADS in 2019.

CDR Parker received her BA degree in economics from Middlebury College and her AM and PhD degrees in sociology from Brown University. As a graduate student, she was a demography trainee and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Fellow at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown.