Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research), Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice (Research)


Brandon del Pozo, PhD, MPA, MA conducts NIH-funded research at the intersection of public health, public safety, and justice, focusing on substance use, the overdose crisis, and violence.

Prior to research, Dr. del Pozo served as a police officer for 23 years. Nineteen were spent in the New York City Police Department, where he started on patrol in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, went on to command two patrol precincts, deploy to Amman, Jordan as an intelligence liaison, and serve in the police commissioner's office. He also spent four years as Chief of Police of Burlington, Vermont, where he directed the city's interdisciplinary response to the opioid crisis. His efforts were associated with a substantial and sustained reduction in opioid overdose deaths.

An elected member of the national Council on Criminal Justice, and a Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science academic fellow at the National Institute of Justice, Dr. del Pozo was the 2016 recipient of the Police Executive Research Forum's Gary Hayes Award for excellence in police leadership and innovation.

Dr. del Pozo appears regularly in the nation's major print news outlets providing expertise on matters of health, safety and justice, as well as on National Public Radio and its international counterparts.

His popular writing has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Vital City, CNN, and the New York Daily News. Dr. del Pozo's book, The Police and the State: Security, Social Cooperation, and the Public Good, was published in December, 2022 by Cambridge University Press. 

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