Melissa Tracy, Ph.D.

SUNY Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health
One University Place, GEC Room 139
Rensselaer, NY 12144 

Phone: (518) 473-9385
Fax:     (518) 402-0380


MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health (2004-2006)
PhD, Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan School of Public Health (2007-2012)
Postdoctoral fellow, Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (2012-2014)

Research Interests:

Mental health, particularly depression and posttraumatic stress disorder; Substance use, including alcohol use and drug overdose; Exposure to violence and other traumatic events; Social determinants of health and health disparities; Complex systems approaches to population health


EPI 501           Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I
EPI 612           Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology
EPI 618           Psychiatric Epidemiology

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Cerda M, Tracy M, Keyes KM, Galea S. To treat or to prevent? Reducing the population burden of violence-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Epidemiology (in press).

Tracy M, Morgenstern H, Zivin K, Aiello A, Galea S. Exposure to traumatic events and depression severity over time: Results from a prospective cohort study in an urban area. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2014; 49(11): 1769-1782.

Cerdá M, Tracy M, Ahern J, Galea S. Addressing population health and health inequalities: the role of fundamental causes. American Journal of Public Health 2014; 104(Suppl 4): S609-619.

Lowe SR, Tracy M, Cerdá M, Norris FH, Galea S. Immediate and longer-term stressors and the mental health of Hurricane Ike survivors. Journal of Traumatic Stress 2013; 26(6): 753-761.

Bohnert AS, Tracy M, Galea S. Characteristics of drug users who witness many overdoses: Implications for overdose prevention. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2012; 120(1-3): 168-173.

Tracy M, Norris FH, Galea S. Differences in the determinants of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression after a mass traumatic event. Depression and Anxiety 2011; 28(8): 666-675.

Galea S, Tracy M, Hoggatt KJ, DiMaggio C, Karpati A. Estimated deaths attributable to social factors in the United States. American Journal of Public Health 2011; 101(8): 1456-1465.

Cerdá M, Tracy M, Messner SF, Vlahov D, Tardiff KJ, Galea S. Misdemeanor policing, physical disorder, and gun-related homicide: a spatial analytic test of “broken windows” theory. Epidemiology 2009; 20(4): 533-541.

Norris FH, Tracy M, Galea S. Looking for resilience: Understanding the longitudinal trajectories of responses to stress. Social Science and Medicine 2009; 68(12): 2190-2198.

Tracy M, Zimmerman FJ, Galea S, McCauley E, Vander Stoep A. What explais the relation between family poverty and childhood depressive symptoms? Journal of Psychiatric Research 2008; 42: 1163-1175.

Tracy M, Hobfoll S, Canetti-Nisim D, Galea S. Predictors of depressive symptoms among Israeli Jews and Arabs during the Al Aqsa Intifada: a population-based cohort study. Annals of Epidemiology 2008; 18(6): 447-457.

Galea S, Tracy M. Participation rates in epidemiologic studies. Annals of Epidemiology 2007; 17(9): 643-653.