Jan L. Losby, PhD, MSW

Jan L. Losby

Branch Chief for the Health Systems and Research Branch, Division of Overdose Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Overdose prevention
  • Health system interventions
  • Quality improvement
  • Care coordination
  • Behavioral health
  • 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 (DOP) at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Dr. Losby helps advance the implementation of evidence-based prescribing guidelines, conducts applied health systems research, and builds scientific evidence to support state, community, and tribal efforts to address the opioid overdose epidemic. Dr. Losby works with healthcare systems on quality improvement, electronic clinical decision support tools, and data system integration with electronic health records.

Dr. Losby joined CDC in 2010 in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention 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 joining CDC, Dr. Losby was with a non-profit organization for 20 years designing and conducting program evaluations in the area of social service and public health programs in welfare reform, asset development, refugee services, behavioral health services, substance abuse services, and employment services. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Iowa.