Dr. Becky Naumann

Becky Naumann, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Core Faculty
Injury Research Prevention Center
137 East Franklin Street, Suite 500
CB# 7505
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Becky Naumann is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and core faculty at UNC's Injury Prevention Research Center. Dr. Naumann’s main area of research is injury prevention, largely in the areas of road traffic injury and drug overdose prevention. Her research examines injury trends and risk and protective factors for injuries, as well as effective injury prevention interventions. 

Dr. Naumann regularly works with state and local partners to support innovative injury prevention collaborations and coalition building efforts. Methodologically, Dr. Naumann has experience and interest in applying systems science methods to injury prevention.

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health

Shults Injury Prevention Scholarship

University of North Carolina’s Royster Society of Fellows

Robert Verhalen Scholarship Award for Injury Prevention and Trauma Management

Research Activities

As core faculty in the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, Dr. Naumann focuses on road traffic injury prevention and opioid overdose prevention. She is interested in applying systems science approaches to develop prevention strategies to these persistent injury issues.

Practice Activities

The Injury Prevention Research Center collaborates closely with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the Division of Public Health (DPH) in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. As part of this long-standing collaboration, Dr. Naumann has collaborated on both road safety and opioid overdose-related research, including policy evaluations, with state partners in DPH.

Key Publications

Trajectories of dispensed prescription opioids among beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicaid controlled substance “lock-in” program. Naumann RB, Marshall SW, Gottfredson NC, Lund JL, Ringwalt C, Skinner AC (2018). Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, In press.

Methodologic limitations of prescription opioid safety research and recommendations for improving the evidence base. Ranapurwala SI, Naumann RB, Austin AE, Dasgupta N, Marshall SW (2018). Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, In press.

Evaluating short- and long-term impacts of a Medicaid “lock-in” program on opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed to beneficiaries. Naumann RB, Marshall SW, Lund JL, Gottfredson NC, Ringwalt C, Skinner AC (2018). Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 182.

Opioid overdose mortality among former North Carolina inmates: 2000-2015. Ranapuwala SI, Shanahan ME, Alexandridis AA, Proescholdbell S, Naumann RB, Edwards D, Marshall SW (2018). American Journal of Public Health, In press.

Reducing opioid misuse: Evaluation of a Medicaid controlled substance lock-in program. Skinner AC, Ringwalt C, Naumann RB, Roberts AW, Moss LA, Sachdeva N, Weaver MA, Farley JF (2016). The Journal of Pain, 17(11), 1150-1155.

Impact of North Carolina's motorcycle helmet law on hospital admissions and charges for care of traumatic brain injury. Naumann RB, Marshall SW, Proescholdbell SK, Austin A, Creppage K (2015). North Carolina Medical Journal, 76(2), 70-75.

Motorcycle crash-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations and traumatic brain injuries in North Carolina. Harmon KJ, Marshall SW, Proescholdbell SK, Naumann RB, Waller AE (2015). Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(3), 175-184.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017
  • MSPH, Epidemiology, Emory University, 2007
  • BSEH, Environmental Health, University of Georgia, 2005