Nicholas C. Peiper

Behavioral Epidemiologist

Nicholas C. Peiper


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Louisville
  • MPH, Health Behavior, University of Kentucky
  • BA, Psychology, Transylvania University

Dr. Nicholas C. Peiper is a behavioral epidemiologist in the Behavioral and Urban Health Program. His research concentrates on the intersection between public health and behavioral medicine, with an emphasis on substance use, public policy, and emergent computational methods. He utilizes transdisciplinary approaches to investigate patterns of medical and recreational cannabis use; examine cyberbehaviors among networks of cannabis dispensaries on Twitter and other digital mediums; and assess the effects of medical cannabis policies throughout the world. Currently, he is conducting survey research with medical cannabis patients and budtenders to better understand patterns of consumption, product preferences, shared decision-making, information seeking and a variety of cyberbehaviors.

Much of Dr. Peiper’s work also focuses on injection drug use, prescription opioids, and translational neuroscience. He serves as the lead statistician for a national cross-site evaluation on the Center for Disease Control & Prevention's Prescription Drug Overdose for States program. He is also a task leader on the Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace program at the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. He is a statistician on the National Prescription Opioid Misuse, Abuse, and Diversion (NOMAD) Study funded by Pfizer and an R01 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to investigate longitudinal patterns of nonmedical prescription drug use among injection drug users. Dr. Peiper has published in a variety of leading journals such as Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Psychological Assessment, and International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research.