Emilie Bruzelius

Emilie Bruzelius is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research integrates approaches from epidemiology and data science to examine how social policies influence health outcomes with a focus on substance use and health disparities. Emilie is currently working on research that examines the joint effects of cannabis and prescription opioid legislation on chronic pain and substance use outcomes with Dr. Silvia Martins. Her dissertation research explores intersections between the opioid crisis, criminal justice policies and child welfare outcomes. Prior to joining the doctoral program, Emilie worked as an Epidemiologist and Data Scientist in a variety of health research settings. She completed an MPH in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences and received advanced training Data Science in the Data Science Institute, both at Columbia University; she studied Sociology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University.

Research Interests

Adverse Childhood Experiences
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Policy
Immigrant Health
Policy (policies)
Sexual Violence
Social Determinants
Social Stratification
Social Support


American Community Survey
Administrative Data (state or national)
Current Population Survey
General Social Survey
Medicaid Data
Medicare Data
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
NYC Survey Data (e.g. Community Health Survey, Housing and Vacancy Survey)
Vital Statistics Data