Erin Artigiani received her Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology & Psychology from Wellesley College. She is Deputy Director for Policy at the University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Use And Health Research (CESAR) where she has worked since 1997. Ms. Artigiani has more than 20 years of experience in substance use and misuse research and policy development.

She is currently collaborating on the Maryland Rural Opioid Technical Assistance project as Project Co-Director. For 6 years she was Co-Investigator for the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS; funded by the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). NDEWS is a public health surveillance system developed by CESAR and NIDA to detect, monitor and follow up on emerging drugs and drug use trends to inform state and local responses. For 14 years, she and the Director of CESAR represented Maryland and Washington, DC, on NIDA’s predecessor to NDEWS, the national Community Epidemiology Workgroup (CEWG). She was also Co-Investigator on the Community Drug Early Warning System/Drug Early Warning Signals project.

She has also managed a number of epidemiological workgroups and prevention strategy evaluations for Maryland and Washington, DC, including as a part of the SAMHSA funded Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and the Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP). Former projects include working with Bowie State University as an evaluator for their substance use and misuse and HIV prevention strategies and working closely with the HIDTA programs across the U.S. on the development of the PMP and the national annual reports. 

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College Park, Maryland
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