David Eisenman

David P. Eisenman, MD, MSHS is Professor in Residence at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, and the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. He is the Director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions.


For 20 years, Dr. Eisenman has been funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His research is focused on public health and disasters, including wildfires, heat-waves and COVID-19, climate change, and violence.


Dr. Eisenman has served on committees and expert panels for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Institutes of Health, and national and international funding organizations. He is a standing Member on the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies.

Positions and Consulting

  • Associate Natural Scientist at RAND.  
  • Preparedness Science Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (2012-2016).
  • Board certified in Internal Medicine caring for patients at the UCLA Medical Center.
  • President, Resilience United Inc. with clients in the private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.


Updated CV


Center Affiliations


  • Fellowship, National Research Service Awards Primary Care Program, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • MS, Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Resident, Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Areas of Interest

  • Climate Change
  • Community Partnered Research
  • Community Resilience
  • Disasters
  • Heat Waves
  • Wildfires and Wildfire Smoke
  • Mental Health in Primary Care
  • Trauma
  • Violence Prevention
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Selected Media Appearances

  • CBS News
  • ABC News (recurring commentator)
  • Telemundo
  • Univision
  • National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”
  • New York Times
  • New York Times Sunday Magazine
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Atlantic Magazine
  • History Channel
  • KTLA Television
  • KNBC Channel 4
  • U.S. News and World Reports
  • Voice of America Television
  • KPCC (recurring commentator)
  • KJZZ
  • KCRW
  • WNYC
  • Arizona Republic
  • Associated Press
  • HealthDay.com
  • Los Angeles Daily News
  • Nanowerk
  • Good Magazine
  • Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan)
  • Capitol Public Radio
  • Wealth Magazine
  • The Hill
  • The Guardian

Selected Publications


  • Eisenman D, Gelberg L, Liu H, Shapiro M. “Mental Health and Health Related Quality of Life among Adult Latino Primary Care Patients Living in the United States with Previous Exposure to Political Violence,” JAMA, 290 (5) :627-634, 2003. PMID: 12902366

  • Eisenman D, Weine S, Green B, de Jong J, Rayburn N, Ventevogel P, Keller A, Agani, F. “The ISTSS/RAND Guidelines on Mental Health Training of Primary Care Providers for Trauma Exposed Populations in Conflict-Affected Countries,” Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19(1):5-17, 2006. PMID:16568460

  • Eisenman D, Cordasco K, Asch S, Golden J, Glik D. “Disaster Planning and Risk Communication with Vulnerable Communities: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina,” American Journal of Public Health, 97: S1: 109-

  • Eisenman DP, Glik D, Ong M, Zhou Q, Tseng CH, Long A, Fielding J, Asch S. "Terrorism-Related Fear and Avoidance Behavior in a Multiethnic Urban Population," Am J Public Health. 2009 Jan;99(1):168-74. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.124206. PMCID: PMC2636595.

  • Eisenman DP, Zhou Q, Ong M, Asch S, Glik D, Long A. "Variations in Disaster Preparedness by Mental Health, Perceived General Health, and Disability Status," Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2009 Mar;3(1):33-41. doi: 10.1097/DMP.0b013e318193be89.

  • Eisenman DP, Glik D, Gonzalez L, Maranon R, Zhou Q, Tseng CH, Asch SM. "Improving Latino Disaster Preparedness Using Social Networks," Am J Prev Med. 2009 Dec;37(6):512-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2009.07.022.

  • Baldwin SB, Eisenman DP, Sayles JN, Ryan G, Chuang KS. "Identification of Human Trafficking Victims in Health Care Settings. Health Hum Rights," 2011 Jul;13(1):E36-49.

  • Eisenman DP, Williams MV, Glik D, Long A, Plough AL, Ong M. "The Public Health Disaster Trust Scale: Validation of a Brief Measure," J Public Health Manag Pract. 2012 Jul-Aug;18(4):E11-8. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31823991e8.

  • Carameli KA, Eisenman DP, Blevins J, d'Angona B, Glik DC. "Planning for Chronic Disease Medications in Disaster: Perspectives from Patients, Physicians, Pharmacists, and Insurers," Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2013 Jun;7(3):257-65. doi: 10.1001/dmp.2010.46.

  • Plough A, Fielding JE, Chandra A, Williams M, Eisenman D, Wells KB, Law GY, Fogleman S, Magana A. "Building Community Disaster Resilience: Perspectives from a Large Urban County Department of Public Health. Am J Public Health," 2013 Jul;103(7):1190-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301268. PMCID: PMC3682619.

  • Wells KB, Tang J, Lizaola E, Jones F, Brown A, Stayton A, Williams M, Chandra A, Eisenman D, Fogleman S, Plough A. "Applying Community Engagement to Disaster Planning: Developing the Vision and Design for the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience Initiative," Am J Public Health. 2013 Jul;103(7):1172-80. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301407. PMCID: PMC3682631.

  • Eisenman DP, Bazzano A, Koniak-Griffin D, Tseng CH, Lewis MA, Lamb K, Lehrer D. "Peer-Mentored Preparedness (PM-Prep): A New Disaster Preparedness Program for Adults Living Independently in the Community," Intellect Dev Disabil. 2014 Feb;52(1):49-59. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-52.1.49.

  • Eisenman D, Chandra A, Fogleman S, Magana A, Hendricks A, Wells K, Williams M, Tang J, Plough A. "The Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience Project-A Community-Level, Public Health Initiative to Build Community Disaster Resilience," Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Aug;11(8):8475-90. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110808475. PMCID: PMC4143872.

  • Baldwin SB, Fehrenbacher AE, Eisenman DP. "Psychological Coercion in Human Trafficking: An Application of Biderman's Framework," Qual Health Res. 2015 Sep;25(9):1171-81. doi: 10.1177/1049732314557087.

  • Chandra A, Williams MV, Lopez C, Tang J, Eisenman D, Magana A. "Developing A Tabletop Exercise to Test Community Resilience: Lessons from the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience Project," Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2015 Oct;9(5):484-8. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2015.99.

  • Eisenman D, McCaffrey S, Donatello I, Marshal G. "An Ecosystems and Vulnerable Populations Perspective on Solastalgia and Psychological Distress after a Wildfire," Ecohealth. 2015 Dec;12(4):602-10. doi: 10.1007/s10393-015-1052-1.

  • Meredith LS, Eisenman DP, Han B, Green BL, Kaltman S, Wong EC, Sorbero M, Vaughan C, Cassells A, Zatzick D, Diaz C, Hickey S, Kurz JR, Tobin JN. "Impact of Collaborative Care for Underserved Patients with PTSD in Primary Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial," J Gen Intern Med. 2016 May;31(5):509-17. doi: 10.1007/s11606-016-3588-3. PMCID: PMC4835392.

  • Weine S, Eisenman DP, Kinsler J, Glik DC, Polutnik C. "Addressing Violent Extremism as Public Health Policy and Practice," Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. 2016 Jun;9(3):208-21. doi: 10.1080/19434472.2016.1198413.

  • Eisenman DP, Adams RM, Rivard H. "Measuring Outcomes in a Community Resilience Program: A New Metric for Evaluating Results at the Household Level," PLoS Curr. 2016 Sep;8. doi: 10.1371/currents.dis.15b2d3cbce4e248309082ba1e67b95e1. PMCID: PMC5077704.

  • Eisenman DP, Wilhalme H, Tseng CH, Chester M, English P, Pincetl S, Fraser A, Vangala S, Dhaliwal SK. "Heat Death Associations with the Built Environment, Social Vulnerability and their Interactions with Rising Temperature," Health Place. 2016 Sep;41:89-99. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.08.007.

  • Fraser AM, Chester MV, Eisenman D, Hondula DM, Pincetl SS, English P, Bondank E. "Household Accessibility to Heat Refuges: Residential Air Conditioning, Public Cooled Space, and Walkability," Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. 2017;44(6):1036-55.

  • Adams RM, Rivard H, Eisenman DP. "Who Participates in Building Disaster Resilient Communities: A Cluster-Analytic Approach," J Public Health Manag Pract. 2017 Jan/Feb;23(1):37-46. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000387.

  • Eisenman DP, Flavahan L. "Canaries in the Coal Mine: Interpersonal Violence, Gang Violence, and Violent Extremism through a Public Health Prevention Lens," Int Rev Psychiatry. 2017 Aug;29(4):341-9. doi: 10.1080/09540261.2017.1343527.

  • Wynia MK, Eisenman D, Hanfling D. "Ideologically Motivated Violence: A Public Health Approach to Prevention," Am J Public Health. 2017 Aug;107(8):1244-6. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303907.

  • Acosta JD, Burgette L, Chandra A, Eisenman DP, Gonzalez I, Varda D, Xenakis L. "How Community and Public Health Partnerships Contribute to Disaster Recovery and Resilience," Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2018 Oct:1-9. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2017.130.

  • Riley K, Wilhalme H, Delp L, Eisenman DP. "Mortality and Morbidity During Extreme Heat Events and Prevalence of Outdoor Work: An Analysis of Community-Level Data from Los Angeles County, California," Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Mar;15(4). doi: 10.3390/ijerph15040580. PMCID: PMC5923622.

  • Kalkstein AJ, Kalkstein LS, Vanos JK, Eisenman DP, Grady Dixon P. "Heat/Mortality Sensitivities in Los Angeles during Winter: a Unique Phenomenon in the United States. Environ Health," 2018 May;17(1):45. doi: 10.1186/s12940-018-0389-7. PMCID: PMC5934864.

  • Fraser AM, Chester MV, Eisenman D. "Strategic Locating of Refuges for Extreme Heat Events (or Heat Waves)," Urban Clim. 2018 Sep;25:109-19. doi: 10.1016/j.uclim.2018.04.009.

  • Eisenman DP, Adams RM, Lang CM, Prelip M, Dorian A, Acosta J, Glik D, Chinman M. "A Program for Local Health Departments to Adapt and Implement Evidence-Based Emergency Preparedness Programs," Am J Public Health. 2018 Nov:e1-e3. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304535.

  • Eisenman DP, Wiley DJ, Pollock BH, Rutherford GW, Rimoin AW, Bibbins-Domingo K, Checkoway H, Hurd T, Waters CM, Dawson-Rose C. "Recommendations for Demonstrators, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Public Health Agencies for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission During Civil Protests," Public Health Rep. 2021 May;136(3):264-268. doi: 10.1177/0033354921991939. Epub 2021 Feb 16.

  • Pollock BH, Kilpatrick AM, Eisenman DP, Elton KL, Rutherford GW, Boden-Albala BM, Souleles DM, Polito LE, Martin NK, Byington CL. "Safe reopening of college campuses during COVID-19: The University of California experience in Fall 2020," PLoS One. 2021 Nov 4;16(11):e0258738. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0258738.

  • Rosenberg H, Errett NA, Eisenman DP. "Working with Disaster-Affected Communities to Envision Healthier Futures: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Post-Disaster Recovery Planning," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(3):1723. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031723

  • Kalkstein LS, Eisenman DP, de Guzman EB, Sailor DJ. "Increasing Trees and High-Albedo Surfaces Decreases Heat Impacts and Mortality in Los Angeles, CA," International Journal of Biometerology . 2022 March. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-022-02248

  • Eisenman, D. P., Weine, S., Shah, N. D., Jones, N. V., Polutnik Smith, C., Thomas, P., & Grossman, M. (2022). "Bystander reporting to prevent violent extremism and targeted violence: Learning from practitioners," Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/19434472.2022.2130960

  • Scotland, K. B., Cushing, L., Scales, C. D., Eisenman, D. P., & Goldfarb, D. S. (2022). "Redlining has led to increasing rates of nephrolithiasis in minoritized populations: A hypothesis," Current Opinion in Nephrology & Hypertension, 32(1), 103-109. https://doi.org/10.1097/mnh.0000000000000845

  • Eisenman D.P., Galway L. (2022) The mental health and well-being effects of wildfire smoke: A scoping review. BMC Public Health 22(2274). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-14662-z

  • Malmin, N. P., & Eisenman, D.  (2023). "Disability prevalence and community-level allocation of hurricane Harvey federal disaster recovery assistance in Texas," Journal of Disability Policy Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/10442073221150609

  • Cole, B. L., Rosario, I. D., Hendricks, A., & Eisenman, D. P. (2023). "Advancing health equity in community-based climate action: From concept to practice," American Journal of Public Health, 113(2), 185-193. https://doi.org/10.2105/ajph.2022.307143