Crystal Gibson, MPH
Assistant Researcher

Crystal is an Assistant Researcher at the Population Health Institute, and supports the Opioid Harm Prevention Program (OHPP) at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health. She is the epidemiologist for OHPP, which focuses on reducing opioid harm through use of a multi-faceted prevention approach in areas related to community intervention, enhancing data systems such as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) for opioid harm surveillance, policy work, and women and opioids. In this role, she conducts surveillance of opioid morbidity and mortality, provides technical assistance to internal and external users of opioid harm data, and provides analytic support to OHPP. Crystal has over 12 years of experience working to improve health outcomes through academic research and applied epidemiology in diverse content areas including chronic mental illness, reproductive health, maternal and child health, and substance use.

Prior to her current position, Crystal was a CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology fellow at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, where she focused on utilizing administrative data to support maternal and child health programs, including projects related to contraception, severe maternal morbidity, and mental health and substance use. She also served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia where she supported HIV education programs, and spent many years working in academic research related to cognitive and social deficits in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Crystal holds an MPH from Yale University (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and a BA from Vanderbilt University (Psychology).

Contact Information

Crystal Gibson
UW Population Health Institute
610 Walnut Street, 707 WARF