Christopher Ringwalt

Christopher L. Ringwalt, DrPH

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Senior Scientist
UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
CVS Plaza, Suite 500
137 East Franklin Street
CB# 7505
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Christoper Ringwalt is program area lead for prescription drug overdose with the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. He has more than 25 years experience in the design, execution and reporting of research studies related to the prevention of substance abuse. His current studies examine the prevention of opioid abuse and diversion.

Dr. Ringwalt has served on multiple NIH review committees and has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is currently working on the development and international dissemination of curricula related to evidence-based practices in the field of drug prevention, and serves as the editor of the Journal of Primary Prevention.

Research Activities

Implementation science
Injury prevention and control
Substance abuse

Key Publications

Creating Communities Where Youth Are Safe From Violence: Comprehensive Evidence-Based Youth Violence Prevention in Communities. Ringwalt, CL (2016). Journal of Primary Prevention, 37(2 Special Issue), 107.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Guest lecturer in health behavior courses
Capstone preceptor
Dissertation committee member


  • DrPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985
  • MSW, Social Work, University of Tennessee, 1975