Douglas Roehler, PhD, MPH

Douglas Roehler

Epidemiologist, Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP)


Areas of Expertise

  • Cannabis use surveillance
  • Nonfatal drug poisoning
  • Emergency department data
  • Child injury prevention

Douglas Roehler, PhD, MPH, serves as an epidemiologist for the Cannabis Strategy Unit in the Division of Overdose Prevention. His work at CDC has focused on coordinating and implementing CDC’s cannabis strategic plan, expanding cannabis surveillance and research, and building surveillance and prevention capacity for drug-related overdoses.

Prior to joining the Cannabis Strategy Unit, Dr. Roehler served as a health scientist on the Overdose Morbidity Team in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in the Division of Overdose Prevention. In this role, he provided technical assistance to funded states to build and enhance their nonfatal overdose surveillance systems.

Previously, Dr. Roehler focused on building and improving road safety surveillance systems in low- and middle-income countries, preventing youth violence, and investigating sudden unexpected infant deaths. He earned his PhD and MPH degrees in health behavior and health education, respectively, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Following his doctoral work, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics. He has published extensively on cannabis, drug overdoses, traffic safety, youth violence, and child injury prevention in peer-reviewed journals, MMWRs, book chapters, and governmental reports. He was the lead author of the 2019 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-related Risks and Outcomespdf icon.