Emily K.  Roberson PH.D., MPH

College of Health and Society - Department of Public Health

Assistant Professor of Public Health



Dr. Roberson has been working in the field of public health for over 10 years, primarily focused on maternal and child health and epidemiology, and has been teaching at Hawaii Pacific University since January 2016. She has a BS in Physical Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Tulane University, an MPH in Global Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Prior to joining Hawaii Pacific University, Dr. Roberson was the Program Coordinator for the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) from 2008 until 2015, during which the program won multiple awards for original research presentations, innovative community partnerships, and successful “Data to Action” activities. Additionally, from July 2016 until June 2017, Dr. Roberson served as a Public Health Advisor as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zika Emergency Response in the Pacific Region. While Dr. Roberson has published research on a wide variety of topics related to maternal and child health, mental health, substance use, and risk behaviors, her most recent research has focused on substance use (legal, illegal, and prescription) before, during, and after pregnancy in Hawaii. Her other research interests include: health disparities (especially regarding understudied populations in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific), sexual and reproductive health, chronic disease epidemiology, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, and all things maternal and child health. 

Emily K. Roberson

Assistant Professor

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