Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., MPH, FACE

Linda B Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE

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Contact Info

Dr. Linda Cottler
Department of Epidemiology
College of Medicine
HPNP, Room 3107
Tel: 352-273-5468
Website: Department of Epidemiology Profile Page


Dean’s Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida College of Medicine & College of Public Health and Health Professions

Associate Dean for Research, College of Public Health and Health Professions, Gainesville, FL

Research Area

Dr. Cottler’s research is focused on the consequences of addiction, its comorbidity with other disorders, and community-based efforts.

Dr. Cottler’s research is focused on addiction, its comorbidity with other disorders, its consequences, and community based efforts. Included in this work has been the development of widely used interviews for substance use and other psychiatric disorders, nosological issues of addictions, and peer-delivered interventions to reduce high-risk behaviors. Recent work has focused on prescription drugs, impaired physicians, and community-based efforts, along with international reserach in Taiwan, Australia, India and Afghanistan. In addition, she has served in many other capacities, including Director of the Master Psychiatric Epidemiology program at Washington University, former Director of a 28-year NIMH Post-Doctoral Training Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of a NIDA T32 Training Program in comorbidity and Biostatistics.


1972: RN, Jewish Hospital of St. Louis College of Nursing and Allied Health, St. Louis, MO
1977: BA, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
1980: MPH, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
1987: PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Recent Publications

  • Otufowora A, Liu Y, Young H 2nd, Egan KL, Varma DS, Striley CW, Cottler LB. Sex Differences in Willingness to Participate in Research Based on Study Risk Level Among a Community Sample of African Americans in North Central Florida. J Immigr Minor Health. 2021 Feb;23(1):19-25. doi: 10.1007/s10903-020-01015-4. PMID: 32328873; PMCID: PMC7714285.
  • Milani SA, Swain M, Otufowora A, Cottler LB, Striley CW. Willingness to Participate in Health Research Among Community-Dwelling Middle-Aged and Older Adults: Does Race/Ethnicity Matter? J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2020 Aug 17:1–10. doi: 10.1007/s40615-020-00839-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32808194; PMCID: PMC7431111.
  • Smith NDL, Cottler LB. What’s old is new again: updated findings on personality disorders and substance use disorders. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2020 Jan;33(1):51-56. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000558. PMID: 31577542.
  • Kim MM, Cheney A, Black A, Thorpe RJ Jr, Cene CW, Dave GJ, Schaal J, Vassar S, Ruktanonchai C, Frerichs L, Young T, Jones J, Burke J, Varma D, Striley C, Cottler L, Brown A, Sullivan G, Corbie-Smith G. Trust in Community-Engaged Research Partnerships: A Methodological Overview of Designing a Multisite Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Initiative. Eval Health Prof. 2020 Sep;43(3):180-192. doi: 10.1177/0163278718819719. Epub 2019 Jan 6. PMID: 30612444; PMCID: PMC6752969.
  • Liu Y, Cheong J, Vaddiparti K, Cottler LB. The association between quantity, frequency and duration of cocaine use during the heaviest use period and DSM-5 cocaine use disorder. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Jun 11;213:108114. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108114. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32563848.
  • Young HW 2nd, Martin ET, Kwiatkowski E, Tyndall JA, Cottler LB. The Association between Emergency Department Super-Utilizer Status and Willingness to Participate in Research. Emerg Med Int. 2020 Jun 29;2020:9404293. doi: 10.1155/2020/9404293. PMID: 32670641; PMCID: PMC7341402.