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Magdalena Cerdá, Ph.D., M.P.H.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:


Area(s) of Expertise:
Social Determinants of Health; Neighborhoods and Health; Violence; Psychiatric Comorbidity; Trauma, Drug, and Alcohol Abuse


Magdalena Cerdá is the Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Violence Prevention, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the neighborhood causes and mental health consequences of violence, lifecourse influences on substance use trajectories, and the emergence of new drivers and forms of substance use. Dr. Cerdá has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to chapters in major textbooks. She is the recipient of a NIDA K01 Award entitled “Trajectories of Substance Use and Comorbid Mental Illness.” Recent studies include a simulation of the potential impact that investment in access to individualized treatment versus investment in neighborhood-level preventive interventions could have on the rates of mental illness in New York City, as well as a simulation of the impact that investment in community policing versus investment in a community-based violence interrupters program could have on racial/ethnic inequalities in rates of alcohol-related homicide.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Magdalena Cerdá's available publications in PubMed.