Melissa Tracy, Ph.D.

SUNY Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Address:
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
E-mail:
mtracy@albany.edu


Education:

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

Teaching:

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.