Alex H. Kral

Director, Urban Health Program


  • PhD, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley
  • MS, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • BA, Sociology, Georgetown University.

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Alex Kral, PhD, is an epidemiologist with expertise in community-based research with urban poor populations. He is currently principal investigator and coinvestigator on several NIH-funded studies of substance use, infectious diseases, and health, spanning a diverse set of methodological areas including survey research, qualitative observational research, intervention development and testing, geospatial analyses, policy, and genetics. Dr. Kral has authored and coauthored over 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public Health, AIDS, Addiction, and Drug and Alcohol Dependence. His most recent research has focused on opioid overdose, the use of cannabis and opioids, and prevention of initiation of injection drugs.