Jan L. Losby, PhD, MSW

Jan L. Losby

Branch Chief, Division of Overdose Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Overdose Prevention
  • Health System Interventions
  • Quality Improvement
  • Care Coordination
  • Program Evaluation

Jan L. Losby, PhD, MSW is a behavioral scientist and serves as the Branch Chief for the Health Systems and Research Branch, in the Division of Overdose Prevention at CDC. Dr. Losby is responsible for evaluating and advancing the implementation of CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, conducting applied health systems research, and building scientific evidence to support state, community, and tribal efforts to address the opioid overdose epidemic. To support uptake and use of the guideline, Dr. Losby works with healthcare systems on quality improvement, electronic clinical decision support tools, and data system integration with electronic health records.  Dr. Losby started in DOP as a Team Lead in 2015.

Dr. Losby joined CDC in 2010 and started in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) on the Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Team. She provided evaluation support to states working with health care providers to address heart disease and worked directly with communities implementing sodium reduction strategies.

Prior to CDC, Dr. Losby worked for a non-profit for 20 years designing and conducting program evaluations organization in the area of social service and public health programs in welfare reform, asset development, refugee services, mental health, substance abuse, and employment. From 2005-2010, Dr. Losby served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for this non-profit organization.  She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Iowa.