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Linda Christine  DeGutis

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

Linda C. Degutis is Executive Director of Defense Health  Horizons, sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and based at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), which envisions and develops promising ideas to assist the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the Service Surgeons General, and the Defense Health Agency achieve the goals outlined in the Military Health Sysstem Quadruple Aim. She also serves as the Chief Science Officer (pro bono) for The Avielle Foundation, which focuses its efforts on the relationships between brain health, compassion and violence. Her research has focused on substance abuse prevention, SBIRT, alcohol policy, and injury and violence prevention.

Previoiusly, Dr. Degutis was Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC. She came to Atlanta from Yale University where she was on the faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Department of Environmental Health at the School of Public Health, where she was Director of the Research Division in Emergency Medicine, and Director of the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness. She served as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the office of the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN). She has held multiple leadership roles in state and national organizations; is Past President of the American Public Health Association; and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Areas of Interest

  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Injury & Violence Prevention
  • Public Health Policy


  • Bachelor of Science 1975, DePaul University
  • Master of Science in Nursing 1982, Yale University
  • Doctor of Public Health 1994, Yale University School of Medicine