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

Linda Cottler, chair and associate dean for research, PHHP and COM department of epidemiologyContact 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.


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

Current Research Focus

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.

Recent Publications

Johnson SD, Cottler LB, Ben Abdallah A, O’Leary C. Risk factors for gun-related behaviors among urban out-of-treatment substance using women. Subst Use Misuse 2012; 47:1200-7. PMID: 22693947.

Cottler LB, McCloskey DJ, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Bennett NM, Strelnick H, Dwyer-White M, Collyar DE, Ajinkya S, Seifer S, O’Leary CC, Striley CW, Evanoff B.  Community needs, concerns, and perceptions about health research: Findings from the Clinical and Translational Science Award Sentinel Network. Am J Pub Health 2013 Feb 14 (Epub ahead of print). PMID: 23409875.

Cottler LB, Ajinkya S, Merlo LJ, Nixon, SJ, Ben Abdallah A, Gold MS. Lifetime psychiatric and substance use disorders among impaired physicians in a physicians health program:  comparison to a general treatment population: psychopathology of impaired physicians. J Addict Med. 2013;7:108-112. PMID: 23412081.

Reingle JM, Striley CW, Small E, Crecelius R, O’Leary CC, Cottler LB. Can courtroom behavior predict recidivism? An assessment of the court behavior check list for women presenting in drug court. (Am J Criminal Justice, in press).

Floréz-Salamanca L, Secades-Villa R, Hasin DS, Cottler LB, Wang S, Grant BF, Blanco C. Probability and predictors of transition from abuse to dependence on alcohol, cannabis and cocaine: Results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. (Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse, in press).

Merlo LJ, Cummings SM, Cottler LB. Prescription drug diversion among substance-impaired pharmacists. (Am J Addiction, in press).

Varma, D, Chandra P, Cottler LB. Ethical issues in obtaining collateral information on alcohol and drug use: experience from Asia and Africa. (Curr Opin Psychiatry, in press).