Linda Morris Brown

Senior Research Epidemiologist

Linda Morris Brown


  • DrPH, Epidemiology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • MPH, Epidemiology; Health Planning and Administration, University of Michigan
  • BA, Biology, Smith College

Linda Morris Brown, MPH, DrPH, FACE, is an internationally recognized epidemiologist with more than 35 years' experience in the design and analysis of epidemiologic data for large-scale, multisite epidemiologic studies in the United States and internationally that involve human health issues. This includes analytic data from case-control, cohort, and cross-sectional studies and medical records; and descriptive data from administrative and research databases including the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program; Cancer Incidence in Five Continents; and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She also has considerable experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing environmental and occupational health studies and studies of cancer survivors. Her efforts in the area of health disparities research has contributed to the understanding of disparate incidence and mortality rates in racial and ethnic subgroups. In addition, Dr. Brown directs data coordinating center projects for large multisite clinical trials and epidemiologic studies, including one that studied the effects of drugs in pregnant women. Dr. Brown also serves as a quality assurance auditor of the health data for several Health Effects Institute-sponsored studies of air pollution and various health effects in children in adults.

Dr. Brown joined RTI after serving for 30 years as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). She reached the rank of Captain at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was Assistant Chief of the Biostatistics Branch in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) for her last 10 years there. While at NCI, Dr. Brown was the principal investigator on a number of research projects that involved the collection of clinical and epidemiological data and biospecimens in both U.S. and international settings. 

She was the recipient of more than 30 government awards including the NIH Director’s Award, the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal, and the PHS Distinguished Service Medal.  She has authored more than 155 publications in scientific and medical journals, including invited book chapters, and has served as a scientific reviewer for the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and European Union grants. She is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and is sought after for her expertise in both chronic and infectious disease epidemiology.