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Marissa Seamans

Assistant Professor

Departments

DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyFull Time
Contact Information

Department of Epidemiology
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive South, 43-384 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Areas of Interest: 

Opioids, Medication assisted treatment, Comparative effectiveness research, Healthcare claims databases, Electronic health records, Causal inference.

Marissa Seamans, PhD, MSPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Seamans’ research focuses on the intersection of social epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology to address substance use and mental health. Her work explores the use of large healthcare databases to examine prescription drug use in families and the effectiveness of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Methodologically, Dr. Seamans’ research focuses on the development and application of innovative statistical tools and study designs for estimating population health effects using observational data.

Dr. Seamans received her BA in Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University, Columbia College, her MSPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Drug Dependence Epidemiology and Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Education: 
Postdoctoral, Mental Health; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
PhD, Epidemiology; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
MSPH, Epidemiology; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
BA, Comparative Literature and Society; Columbia University, Columbia College, New York, NY
Selected Publications: 

Seamans MJ, Carey TS, Westreich DJ, Cole SR, Wheeler SB, Alexander GC, Pate V, Brookhart MA. Association of Household Opioid Availability and Prescription Opioid Initiation Among Household Members. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Jan 1;178(1):102-109.

Ackerman B, Schmid I, Rudolph KE, Seamans MJ, Susukida R, Mojtabai R, Stuart EA. Implementing statistical methods for generalizing randomized trial findings to a target population. Addict Behav. 2019 Jul;94:124-132.

Seamans MJ, Robinson WR, Thorpe RJ Jr, Cole SR, LaVeist TA. Exploring racial differences in the obesity gender gap. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Jun;25(6):420-5.