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Tufts University School of Medicine

Thomas J. Stopka

Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
​CTSI Secondary Appointment
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Health Informatics & Analytics, Public Health

Thomas J. Stopka

Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
​CTSI Secondary Appointment
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Health Informatics & Analytics, Public Health

Phone 617-636-2110​


​Infectious disease (HIV, HCV, STIs); spatial epidemiology; substance use and misuse; opioid overdose; health disparities


  • ​PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Davis
  • MHS, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Research synopsis

Research methods in public health; GIS; spatial epidemiology; epidemiology


  • Wurcel AG, MD MS, Anderson J*, Chui KH, Skinner S, Knox TA, Snydman DR, and Stopka TJ. Increasing Infectious Endocarditis Admissions among Young People Who Inject Drugs. Open Forum Infect Dis. Sept 1 2016. PMID: 27800528; PMCID: PMC5084714.
  • Stopka TJ, Donahue A*, Hutcheson M*, Green T. Nonprescription Naloxone and Syringe Sales in the Midst of Hepatitis C Virus and Opioid Overdose Epidemics: Massachusetts, 2015. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2017. PMID: 28189540. PMCID: PMC5352522.
  • Stopka TJ, Goulart M*, Meyers DJ*, Hutcheson M*, Barton K, Onofrey S, Church D, MPH3, Chui K. Identifying and Characterizing Hepatitis C Virus Hotspots in Massachusetts: A Spatial Epidemiological and Statistical Modeling Approach. BMC Infect Dis. 2017 Apr 20; 17(1):294. doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2400-2. PMID: 28427355. PMCID: PMC5399408.
  • Goulart M*, Wurcel A, Stopka TJ. Investigating the geographic distribution of shigellosis among men and women in Massachusetts: Possible implications for men who have sex with men. Sex Transm Dis. 2018 Mar;45(3):183-185. PMID: 29420446.
  • Wurcel A, Burke D, Landy D, Skeer M, Heimer R, Chui KH, Stopka TJ. Sex Work, Injection Drug Use, and Abscesses: Associations in Women, But Not Men Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 Apr 1;185:293-297. PMID: 29482054. PMCID: PMC5991097.
  • Dong KR*, Must A, Tang AM, Beckwith CG, and Stopka TJ. Competing priorities that rival health in adults on probation in Rhode Island: substance use recovery, employment, housing, and food intake. BMC Public Health. 2018;18:299. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-5201-7. PMID: 29482529; PMCID: PMC5828298.
  • Stopka TJ, Brinkley-Rubinstein L, Johnson K, Chan PA, Hutcheson M, Crosby R, Burke D, Mena L, Nunn A. HIV Clustering in Mississippi: Spatial Epidemiological Study to Inform Implementation Science in the Deep South. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2018 Apr 3;4(2):e35. doi: 10.2196/publichealth.8773. PMID: 29615383. PMCID: PMC5904450.
  • Larochelle MR, Bernson D, Land T, Stopka TJ, Wang N, Xuan Z, Bagley SM, Liebschutz JM, Walley AY. Medication for Opioid Use Disorder After Nonfatal Opioid Overdose and Association With Mortality: A Cohort Study. Ann Intern Med. 2018 Aug 7;169(3):137-145. PMID: 29913516. PMCID: PMC6387681.
  • Rose AJ, Bernson D, Chui K, Land T, Walley AY, LaRochelle MR, Stein BD, Stopka TJ. Potentially Inappropriate Opioid Prescribing, Overdose, and Mortality in Massachusetts, 2011-2015. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Sep;33(9):1512-1519. PMID: 29948815. PMCID: PMC6109008.
  • Dong K*, Tang A, Stopka TJ, Beckwith C, Must A. Correlates of Food Insecurity in Adults on Probation in Rhode Island. PLoS One. 2018 Jun 8;13(6):e0198598. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0198598. PMID: 29883491; PMCID: PMC5993252.
  • Dong K*, Must A, Tang A, Stopka TJ, Beckwith C. Food Insecurity, Morbidity, and Substance Use in Adults on Probation in Rhode Island. J Urban Health. 2018 Aug;95(4):564-575. PMID: 30030685.
  • Vindenes T*, Jordan MR, Tibbs A, Stopka TJ, Johnson D, Cochran J. A genotypic and spatial epidemiologic analysis of Massachusetts' Mycobacterium tuberculosis cases from 2012 to 2015, Tuberculosis. 2018 Sep;112:20-26. PMID: 30205965.
  • Skeer MR, Ladin K, Wilkins LE*, Landy DM, Stopka TJ. ‘Hep C’s like the common cold’: Understanding barriers along the HCV care continuum among young people who inject drugs. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 Sep 1;190:246-254. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.06.013. Epub 2018 Jul 20. PMID: 30071457. PMCID: PMC6367928
  • Rose AJ, McBain R, Schuler MS, Larochelle MR, Ganz DA, Kilambi V, Stein BD, Bernson D, Chui KK, Land T, Walley AY, Stopka TJ. Effect of Age on Opioid Prescribing, Overdose, and Mortality in Massachusetts, 2011-2015. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Nov 24. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15659. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 30471102. PMCID: PMC6448572.
  • Ojikutu BO, Bogart LM, Mayer KH, Stopka TJ, Sullivan PS, Ransome Y. Spatial Access and Willingness to Use Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Among Black/African American Individuals in the United States: Cross-Sectional Survey. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2019 Feb 4;5(1):e12405. doi: 10.2196/12405. PMID: 30714945. PMCID: PMC6378549.
  • Larochelle MR, Stopka TJ, Xuan Z, Liebschutz JM, Walley AY. Medication for Opioid Use Disorder After Nonfatal Opioid Overdose and Mortality. Ann Intern Med. 2019 Mar 19;170(6):430-431. doi: 10.7326/L18-0685. PMID: 30884508. PMCID: PMC6387681.
  • Stopka TJ, Amaravadi H*, Kaplan AR*, Hoh R*, Bernson D, Land T, Walley AY, Larochelle MR, Rose AJ. Opioid overdose deaths and potentially inappropriate opioid prescribing practices (PIP): A spatial epidemiological study. Int J Drug Policy. 2019 June;68:37-45. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.03.024. PMID: 30981166. PMCID: PMC6685426.
  • Stopka TJ, Jacque E*, Kelso P, Guhn-Knight H, Nolte K, Hoskinson Jr., R, Jones A, Harding J, Drew A, VanDonsel A, and Friedmann PD. The Opioid Epidemic in Rural Northern New England: An Approach to Epidemiologic, Policy, and Legal Surveillance. Prev Med. 2019 May 31. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31158400. PMCID: PMC6879818.
  • Mittal A*, Kosinski KC, Stopka TJ. HCV treatment access among Latinxs who inject drugs: qualitative findings from Boston, Massachusetts, 2016. Harm Reduct J. 2019 Jul 9;16(1):44. PMID: 31288811. PMCID: PMC6617637. 
  • Larochelle MR, Bernstein R, Bernson D, Land T, Stopka TJ , Rose AJ, Bharel M, Liebschutz JM, Walley AY. Touchpoints – Opportunities to predict and prevent opioid overdose: a cohort study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2019 Sep 3; 204. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.06.039. PMID: 31521956.
  • Schwartz CE, Stark RB, Rapkin BD, Selbe S*, Michael W, and Stopka TJ. Cognitive Habits Linked to Resilience: Surprising Commonalities across the United States. Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Reports: Open Access. 2020 1(1):
  • Nolte K, Drew A, Friedmann P, Romo E*, Kinney L, and Stopka TJ. Opioid initiation and injection transition in rural northern New England: A mixed-methods approach. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2020. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108256.
  • Shrestha S*, Bauer CXC, Hendricks, Stopka TJ. Spatial epidemiology: An empirical framework for syndemics research. Soc Sci Med. 2020. Sep 10;113352. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113352. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32950331.
  • Grau L, Brothers S, Kim JY, Heimer R, Khwaja A, and Stopka TJ. The HIV Care Continuum in Small Cities of Southern New England: Perspectives of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Public Health Experts, and HIV Service Providers. AIDS Behav. 2020.
  • Walters SM, Seal DW, Stopka TJ, Murphy ME, Jenkins WD. COVID-19 and People Who Use Drugs - A Commentary. Health Behavior and Policy Review. 2020;7(5): 489-497. PMCID: PMC7595339.
  • Dryden-Peterson S, Velásquez GE, Stopka TJ, Davey S, Lockman S, Ojikutu B. SARS-CoV-2 Testing Disparities in Massachusetts. 2020. Pre-print.

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