John Pamplin II, PhD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
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Dr. John R. Pamplin II is a social epidemiologist who studies the consequences of structural racism and systemic inequity on mental health and substance use outcomes. His program of research investigates drivers of racial patterning in major depression, emerging racial trends in adolescent and adult suicide, and the mental and physical health consequences of the hyper-policing of Black and Brown neighborhoods. Dr. Pamplin's research further explores policing as a determinant of racial inequities in substance use and carceral outcomes by exploring how variations in police enforcement may lead to differential effectiveness of public health laws, including those intended to reduce harms of the overdose crisis.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 2010 Morehouse College
  • MPH, 2014 Columbia University
  • PhD, 2020 Columbia University

Committees, Societies, Councils

Member, Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences

Affiliate, Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice, & Health

Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research


Research Interests

  • Chronic disease
  • Community Health
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use
  • Urban Health

Selected Publications

Pamplin II, J.R., Bates, L.M. ‚"Evaluating hypothesized explanations for the Black-white Depression Paradox: A critical review of the extant evidence‚". Social Science & Medicine, July 2021 281(7)

Pamplin II, J.R., Kezios, K.L, Hayes-Larson, E., Keyes, K.M., Susser, E.S., Factor-Litvak, P., Link, B.G., Bates, L.M. ‚ÄúExplaining the Black-White depression paradox: interrogating the Environmental Affordances Model‚" Social Science & Medicine, May 2021 277(5)

Pamplin II, J.R., Rouhani, S., Davis, C.S., King, C. Townsend, T.N. ‚"Persistent criminalization and structural racism in US drug policy: The case of overdose Good Samaritan laws,". American Journal of Public Health, Forthcoming

Martinez-Ales, G., Pamplin II, J.R., Rutherford, C., Gimbrone, C., Kandula, S., Olfson, M., Gould, M.S., Shaman, J., Keyes, K.M. ‚"Age, period, and cohort effects on suicide death in the US from 1999 to 2017: moderation by sex, race, and firearm involvement‚". Molecular Psychiatry, (2021) 1- 9

Platt, J.M., Pamplin II, J.R., Gimbrone, C., Rutherford, C., Kandula, S., Olfson, M., Gould, M.S., Martinez-Alves, G., Shaman, J., Keyes, K.M. ‚"Racial disparities in spatial and temporal youth suicide clusters‚". Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, In Press

Townsend, T.N., Hamilton, L.K., Rivera-Aguirre, A., Davis, C.S., Pamplin II, J.R., Kline, D., Rudolph, K.M.*, Cerdv°, M*. ‚"Using an inverted synthetic control method to estimate effects of recent overdose Good Samaritan Laws, overall and by Black/white race‚". American Journal of Epidemiology, In Press

Sundaram, M.E., & Pamplin II, J.R. ‚"Racial disparities in influenza vaccination‚" The Lancet Healthy Longevity, Mar 2021. 2(3) e115-e116.

Brown, L.L., Garcia, C., Reeves, A., Pamplin II, J.R., Mitchell, U.A. ‚ÄúStress is a Latent Construct: Exploring the Differential Experience of Stress and Discrimination on Depressive Symptoms among Black Older Adults‚". Journal of Aging and Health, June 2022 34(3)

Pamplin II, J.R., Susser, E.S., Factor-Litvak, P., Link, B.G., Keyes, K.M. ‚"Racial differences in alcohol and tobacco use from adolescence to adulthood in a community-based sample‚" Social Psychology and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Apr 2020. 55(4) 457-466.