Tamara M. Haegerich, PhD

Tamara Haegerich

Associate Director for Science, Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP)


Areas of Expertise

  • Opioid overdose prevention
  • Injury prevention
  • Cannabis use and health effects
  • Evaluation and implementation science
  • Clinical practice guideline development

Dr. Haegerich serves as the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She provides leadership, planning, and guidance on scientific quality, research priorities, and guideline development. Dr. Haegerich is currently on detail as the CDC/NCIPC Cannabis Lead to address the health effects of cannabis use, serving as an expert on cannabis-related activities, coordinating strategic efforts across the agency, and providing recommendations on programs and studies.

Dr. Haegerich has authored peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and government reports, including manuscripts on the etiology of injury, the effectiveness of prevention strategies, clinical guidelines, and on scientific careers in public service. She has contributed to the development of training modules for clinicians and public health professionals in injury and violence prevention and clinical practice guidelines. She has represented her own work, and the work of federal agencies, at national scientific conferences. She is a recipient of the HHS Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America for the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

Dr. Haegerich received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previous to serving in her current role, Tamara served as a scientist in the CDC Office of the Associate Director for Science, as a Special Assistant to the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at NCIPC, as a behavioral scientist in DVP, and as a research scientist in the US Department of Education.

Sample Publications:

Haegerich TM, Jones CM, Cote PO, Robinson A, Ross L. Evidence for state, community, and systems-level prevention strategies to address the opioid crisis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2019;204:107563. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871619303400?via%3Dihubexternal icon

Dowell, D., Haegerich, T.M., & Chou, R. CDC guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain – United States, 2016. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Recommendations and Reports, 2016; 65, 1-49. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm

Lumba-Brown A, Yeates KO, Sarmiento K, Breiding M, Haegerich TM et al. CDC guideline

on the diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury among children. JAMA Pediatrics 2018; 172: e182853. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.2853. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2698456external icon

Haegerich, T.M., Shults, R., Oman, R., & Vesely, S. The predictive influence of youth assets on drinking and driving behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 2016;37: 231-245. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10935-016-0418-7external icon

Haegerich, T. M., Dahlberg, L. L., Simon, T. R., Baldwin, G. T., Sleet, D. A., Greenspan, A. I., Degutis, L. C. Prevention of injury and violence in the USA. The Lancet 2014;384:64-74. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60074-Xexternal icon; http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014067361460074Xexternal icon

Haegerich, T.M., Oman, R., Vesely, S., Aspy, C. B., & Tolma, E. L. The predictive influence of family and neighborhood assets on fighting and weapon carrying from mid- to late-adolescence. Prevention Science 2013;15:473-484. DOI 10.1007/s11121-013-0400-z http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11121-013-0400-z/fulltext.htmlexternal icon