John Richard Pamplin II

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 over-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.

Research Interests

harm reduction
health inequities
place-based interventions
policy (policies)
social determinants
urban equity
urban health


American Community Survey (ACS)
Add Health (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health)
General Social Survey (GSS)
Medicaid Data
Medical Expenditure Panel Study (MEPS)
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)