Hannah Cooper

Director of Research

Hannah Cooper, ScD is the first Rollins Chair of Substance Use Disorders at Emory. She is a Professor in the Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Cooper directs Spark, a center focused on helping to end suffering from substance use disorders and related harms, like overdoses, hepatitis C, HIV, and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome.

Her research expertise includes studying the social determinants of health, with a particular focus on the social determinants of drug use, drug users’ health, and health disparities. She applies multilevel, geospatial, and qualitative methods to explore these topics.

Selected Career Milestones

  • Co-authored “From Enforcers to Guardians: A Public Health Primer on Ending Police Violence,” with Dr. Mindy Fullilove
  • Created a special issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy on rural risk environments
  • Developed the construct of “racialized risk environments” to support research and interventions into the ways that racialized social systems shape places to perpetuate health inequities.


BA, Yale University

SM, Harvard University

Sc.D, Harvard University