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Qiana L. Brown

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University; MSW, Social Work with Children, Adolescents, and Families, University of Alabama; MPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham; B.A., Psychology, Auburn University

Dr. Brown’s research interests include substance use disorder epidemiology, maternal and child health, urban health, mental health, health disparities, social determinants of health, program evaluation, and prevention science.


Dr. Qiana L. Brown is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work and School of Public Health, Department of Urban-Global Public Health at Rutgers University. She directs the Substance Use Research, Evaluation, and Maternal and Child Health (SURE MatCH) Group at the School of Social Work’s Center for Prevention Science. Dr. Brown is an epidemiologist and macro-level, advanced generalist licensed certified social worker (LCSW). Her research focuses on system-level change to improve maternal and child health – centering on preventing prenatal substance use and examining the role of the built and social environment and health and social policy in shaping substance use and other health outcomes among women, youth and families. Dr. Brown’s peer-reviewed research has been published in top-tier journals, to include JAMA. She is also a member of the editorial boards of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Substance Use and Misuse and the Journal of Substance Use.

Dr. Brown’s current research is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program via a career development award she received from the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (NJ ACTS). Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Brown earned her Ph.D. in drug dependence epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in substance abuse epidemiology at Columbia University. Both her pre- and postdoctoral research fellowships were funded by NIDA T32 training grants in epidemiology and biostatistics. In addition to research, Dr. Brown founded and directs a non-profit, community-based, substance abuse treatment center – Jane’s House of Inspiration – where she focuses on helping women, families and communities address problems related to substance use disorders.

Courses Taught: 

School of Social Work Courses

  • Methods of Social Work Research I
  • Methods of Social Work Research II

School of Public Health Courses

  • Foundations of Maternal and Child Health: A Life-Course Health Equity Perspective

Selected Publications:

Young-Wolff KC, Silver LD, Brown QL. Moving Toward Health and Social Equity for Women Who Use Cannabis During Preconception, Pregnancy, and Lactation. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(2):e210148. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.0148

Brown QL., Hasin DS. Possible unintended consequences for pregnant women of legalizing cannabis use. Addiction. 2019; 115 (8), 1411-1412.  

Brown, Q. L., Sarvet, A. L., Shmulewitz, D., Martins, S. S., Wall, M. M., & Hasin, D. S. (2017). Trends in marijuana use among pregnant and non-pregnant reproductive-aged women, 2002-2014. JAMA, 317(2), 207-209.

Brown, Q. L., Hasin, D. S., Keyes, K. M., Fink, D. S., Ravenell, O., & Martins, S. S. (2016). Health insurance, alcohol and tobacco use among pregnant and non-pregnant women of reproductive age. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 166, 116-124. 

Brown, Q., Milam, A. J., Bowie, J. V., Ialongo, N. S., Gaskin, D. J., & Furr-Holden, D. (2016). The moderating role of gender in the relationship between tobacco outlet exposure and tobacco use among African American young adults. Prevention Science, 17(3), 338-346.

Brown, Q. L., Linton, S. L., Harrell, P. T., Mancha, B. E., Alexandre, P. K., Chen, K., & Eaton, W. W. (2014). The influence of religious attendance on smoking. Substance Use & Misuse, 49(11), 1392-1399. 

Brown, Q. L., Milam, A. J., Smart, M. J., Johnson, R. M., Linton, S. L., Furr-Holden, C. D. M., & Ialongo, N. S. (2014). Objective and perceived neighborhood characteristics and tobacco use among young adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 134, 370-375.

Brown, Q. L., Cavanaugh, C. E., Penniman, T. V., & Latimer, W. W. (2012). The impact of homelessness on recent sex trade among pregnant women in drug treatment. Journal of Substance Use 17(3), 287-293. 

Mauro, P. M., Carliner, H., Brown, Q. L., Hasin, D. S.,  Shmulewitz, D., Rahim-Juwel, R., … Martins, S. S. (2018). Age differences in daily and nondaily cannabis use in the United States, 2002-2014. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(3), 423-431.

Metz, V. E., Brown, Q. L., Martins, S. S., & Palamar, J. J. (2018). Characteristics of drug use among pregnant women in the United States: Opioid and non-opioid illegal drug use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 183, 261-266.

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