Christopher Morrison

Christopher Morrison

Christopher Morrison

Assistant Professor


722 West 168th St, R505
New York NY 10032


Christopher Morrison is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. His research is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and seeks to understand how social and physical environmental conditions affect population health, particularly injuries, alcohol use, and alcohol-related harms. His recent work has examined the impacts of ridesharing services (such as Uber and Lyft) on motor vehicle crashes, firearm laws on firearm violence, and retail alcohol availability on alcohol consumption. Dr. Morrison teaches Spatial Epidemiology for masters and doctoral-level students, and serves as Training Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program in the Department of Epidemiology. He previously worked as an Associate Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Berkeley, California, and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Penn Injury Science Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Monash University, Australia.



PhD, 2016, Monash University
MPH, 2010, University of Melbourne
BA, 2004, Monash University

Editorial Boards

Field Editor, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Assistant Field Editor, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Other Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Spatial Analysis, Injury Prevention, Social Epidemiology, Social Factors in Health, Environmental Epidemiology, Addiction/Drug Abuse, Alcoholism, Urban Health

Select Publications

Morrison CN, D’Ambrosi G, Kamb A, MacManus K, Rundle AG, Humphreys DK. Rideshare trips and alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes in Chicago. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, in press.
Morrison CN, Kwizera M, Chen Q, Ferris J, Puljevic C, Wiebe DJ, Peek-Asa C, McGavin KM, Franssen SJ, Le VK, Williams FM, Branas CC. Alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes and the size and duration of random breath testing checkpoints. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2021, 45(4):784-792.
Beard JH, Jacoby SF, Maher Z, Goldberg AJ, Kaufman EJ, Dong B, Morrison C. Changes in shooting incidence in Philadelphia between March and November 2020. JAMA – Journal of the American Medical Association, 2021 Feb 10;e211534
Morrison CN, Rundle AG, Branas CC, Chihuri S, Mehranbod C, Li G. The unknown denominator problem in population studies of disease frequency. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, 2020, 100361.
Thompson J, Stevenson M, Wijnands JS, Nice K, Aschwanden G, Silver J, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Rayner P, Schofield R, Hariharan R, Morrison CN. A global analysis of urban design types and road transport injury: An image processing study. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2020, 4(1): e32-e42.
Morrison CN, Byrnes HF, Miller BA, Kaner E, Wiehe SE, Wiebe DJ. Assessing individuals exposure to environmental conditions using residence-based, activity location-based, and activity path-based measures. Epidemiology, 2019, 30(20): 166-176.
Morrison CN, Ferris J, Wiebe DJ, Peek-Asa C, Branas CC. Sobriety checkpoints and alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes at different temporal scales. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2019, 56(6): 795-802.
Morrison C, Jacoby SF, Dong B, Delgado MK, Wiebe DJ. Ridesharing and motor vehicle crashes in four U.S. cities: An interrupted time-series analysis. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2018; 187(2): 224-232.
Morrison C, Ukert B, Palumbo A, Dong B, Jacoby SF, Wiebe DJ. Assaults on days of campaign rallies during the 2016 US Presidential Election. Epidemiology, 2018; 29(4): 490-493.
Jacoby SF, Dong B, Beard JH, Wiebe DJ, Morrison C. The enduring impact of historical and structural racism on urban violence in Philadelphia. Social Science and Medicine, 2018, 199: 87-95.

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