Nicole Davis, PhD, MPH

Lead Epidemiologist, Division of Overdose Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Fatal drug overdose surveillance

Nicole Davis, PhD is a Lead Epidemiologist and Overdose Mortality Team Lead in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch of the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) at CDC’s Injury Center. 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. She serves as a team lead overseeing all aspects of the OD2A fatal drug overdose surveillance efforts. She has served in this role since January 2020 and first joined CDC in 2005.

Prior to coming to DOP, Dr. Davis served as an epidemiologist in the Division of Reproductive Health where she focused on maternal mortality, HIV-exposed infant morbidity, and HIV in pregnant and postpartum women. Dr. Davis also previously 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 a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane University, and a BS in Biology from High Point University. She has over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and MMWRs and has given numerous presentations to domestic and international audiences.