Ian Rockett



Ian Rockett, MPH, MA, PhD is a tenured Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at West Virginia University. He holds an MPH in epidemiology from Harvard University, an MA in sociology from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in demography and medical sociology from Brown University. Previously, he was Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Bureau of Evaluation, Research, and Service at the University of Tennessee, and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Dr. Rockett is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, a faculty-affiliate of the Suicide Research Group at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, and international senior consultant with the Tobacco Control Research Center in the School of Medicine at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Suicidology Online and BMC Public Health, and served as a judge at the national Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) competition through its duration from 2004 until 2011. Most recently, Dr. Rockett has focused his research in the two interconnected areas of suicide and substance use and abuse. His past research included statewide hospital emergency department studies of motor vehicular trauma and unmet substance abuse treatment need, respectively, and international studies of suicide data quality. The preponderance of his research has been either primary data analyses utilizing population-based surveys or secondary data analyses of national and international cause-of-death data.