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Shanta Dube

Associate Professor    

Ph.D., 2006, University of Georgia, College of Public Health, Health Promotion and Behavior

M.P.H., 1998, The George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Epidemiology

B.A., 1991, University of Maryland, Music

B.S., 1990, University of Maryland, Microbiology


Research Methods, Surveillance, Behavioral Epidemiology, Using data for Health Promotion Planning, Stress and Health, Trauma Survivorship, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Tobacco Control


Shanta R. Dube joined the faculty in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as an Associate Professor after a 14 year career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Shanta started her career at CDC in 1999, where she was awarded the Association for Teachers of Preventive Medicine Fellowship to be an investigator on a large-scale epidemiological study that assessed the impact of childhood traumatic stress on adult health outcomes. She is recognized both nationally and internationally for her research on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which focused on early life stress and substance use and abuse, and mental illness in adulthood.

In 2007, Shanta joined the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health to lead tobacco control surveillance and research in the Epidemiology Branch. During her tenure in the Office on Smoking and Health, Shanta was responsible for directing the implementation of 2 large national tobacco control surveillance systems and enhancing tobacco control surveillance through improved measurement and novel survey mode capability. In February 2013, she was lead for a CDC report documenting the high rates of smoking among adults with mental illness; it was the first report to demonstrate the burden of smoking at both the national and state level. Shanta also was involved in the first ever surveillance and reports assessing the increased use of electronic cigarettes among U.S. youth and adult populations, which received national and international attention.

Shanta’s main public health research focus is behavioral epidemiology, which studies patterns of behaviors that contribute to disease and well-being. Currently, Shanta’s research is focusing on the intersection between epidemiology and health promotion to examine the salutogenic model for wellbeing among adult survivors of childhood trauma and other disparate populations.  She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and reports, some of which were recognized and awarded by CDC for scientific excellence. She is currently Associate Editor for Child Abuse & Neglect

See Dr. Dube’s CV


Dube SR, Hu SS, Freedner-Maguire N, Dayton J. A Focus Group Pilot Study of Use of Smartphone to Collect Information about Health Behaviors. In JSM Proceedings, Statistical Computing Section. February 2013 Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association. 5452-5463.

Dube SR, Arrazola R, Lee J, Engstrom M, Malarcher A. Pro-Tobacco Influences and Susceptibility to Smoking Cigarettes Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013 May;52(5 Suppl):S45-51

Dube SR, Thompson W, Homa DM, Zack MM. Health-related quality of life and smoking among adolescents: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2001-2008. Nicotine and Tobacco Research; 2013 Feb;15(2):492-500. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nts163. Epub 2012 Sep 10.

Dube SR, Cook M, Edwards VJ. Exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Adults—Findings from the 2002 Texas Behavioral Risk Surveillance System. Prev Chronic Dis. 2010;7(3).

Dube SR, Anda RF, Felitti VJ, Chapman D, Williamson DF, Giles WH. Childhood abuse, household dysfunction and the risk of attempted suicide throughout the life span: Findings from Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2001: 286, 3089-3096. Nominated for CDC’s Charles C. Shepard Award for Scientific Excellence.