Nicole Davis, PhD, MPH

Nicole Davis

Acting Branch Chief, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Division of Overdose Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Fatal drug overdose surveillance

Nicole Davis, PhD, MPH, is the acting branch chief of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch of the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. In this role, she manages the State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS), which collects information on fatal drug overdose deaths from health departments funded by CDC’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) cooperative agreement. In addition, she serves as a team lead overseeing all aspects of the OD2A fatal drug overdose surveillance efforts. She joined CDC in 2005 and has served in this role since January 2020.

Prior to coming to DOP, Dr. Davis served as an epidemiologist in the Division of Reproductive Health, focusing on maternal mortality, HIV-exposed infant morbidity, and HIV in pregnant and postpartum women. Dr. Davis also served as a prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission technical advisor for CDC offices in Cambodia and Tanzania and as a public health analyst in CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Dr. Davis earned her PhD degree in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MPH degree in International Health and Development from Tulane University, and a BS degree in Biology from High Point University. She has more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and MMWR’s and has given numerous presentations to domestic and international audiences.