Faculty Recruitment Candidate Talk

Presented by the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg and Family Depression Center and the Department of Anesthesiology.

Spatial, temporal, and complex systems dynamics of suicide and opioid overdose in the United States

Presented by Katherine M. Keyes, Ph.D., professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Monday, Nov. 13 – 3 to 4 p.m.

Join us in person or online:

North Campus Research Complex

1600 Huron Parkway

Building 300, Room 376 (enter at Bldg. 520)

Ann Arbor, MI


Meeting ID: 944 2465 3201

Passcode: 560688


Suicide and opioid overdose are intertwined epidemics in the United States, both significantly increasing and contributing to population health burdens. Increases are caused by changes in the social environment, including the nature of social interactions and connections. Hypothesis testing about the causes of increases needs strong social science theory to guide intervention, prevention and resource allocation. Dr. Keyes will present frameworks for understanding and analyzing the spatial and temporal dynamics of suicide risk in the United States, demonstrating how suicides cluster in space and time, and are driven by social, economic and labor conditions that scaffold the necessity of policy interventions. She will also present complex systems models of opioid overdose, emphasizing how mathematical modeling of drug use can provide evidence for data-driven decisions for intervention efforts. The application of epidemiological methods aligned with strong understanding of history and theory provide synthesis and evidence that aim to improve population health.

About Dr. Keyes

Dr. Keyes is professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research focuses on psychiatric and substance use epidemiology across the life course, including early and cross-generational origins of child and adult health and cohort effects on substance use, mental health and injury outcomes including suicide and overdose. She is particularly focused on methodological challenges in estimating age, period and cohort effects, as well as using mathematical agent-based and other simulation models to inform public health and policy interventions. Dr. Keyes has authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications, and two textbooks published by Oxford University Press: “Epidemiology Matters: A New Introduction to Methodological Foundation,” published in 2014, and “Population Health Science,” published in 2016. Her work is funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institution of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Columbia University.