Tori Cowger (she/her) is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on understanding and eliminating health inequities. Specifically, she is interested in social and structural determinants of infectious diseases and substance use related harms, health impacts of racism in the criminal legal system, geospatial methods, and social networks. Her current work blends public health research, practice, and advocacy dedicated to eliminating the unnecessary, and inequitable, and unacceptable toll of structural racism and social inequities on the health individuals and communities in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 and overdose epidemics in the U.S.
Dr. Cowger completed her PhD in Social Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Harvard, she received a Masters of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, and worked as an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working on global tuberculosis research and prevention efforts.