Danielle Atkins, Ph.D., MPA

Associate Professor

Global Health Management and Informatics

Office: DPAC Suite 401

Phone: 407-823-5147


Professional Summary

Danielle N. Atkins is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on health policy, specifically reproductive, maternal, and child health and substance use. She received her doctorate in Public Administration and Policy and Masters of Public Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Atkins’ work has been published in top journals including Health AffairsHealth Services Research, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and the Journal of Public Health Policy.

Office Hours

Wednesday: 9:30 am – 12 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am – 12 pm


Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy
University of Georgia

Areas of Expertise

  • Health policy
  • Reproductive, maternal, and child health
  • Substance use

Recent Honors and Awards

  • University of Central Florida Office of Research Mentoring Opportunity for Assistant Professors, Christopher Emrich – mentor (2018-2019)
  • University of Central Florida College of Health and Public Affairs Research Mentoring Fellow (2016-2017)
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Conference Poster Award Winner (2016)
  • Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award Office of the Vice President for Research University of Georgia (2015)

Recent Publications

Atkins, D.N. & Bradford, W.D. (in press). The effect of state-level sex education policies on youth sexual behaviors and contraceptive use. Archives of Sexual Behavior (in press). (5-year Impact Factor: 3.458, 2019; ranked No. 11 out of 108 Social Sciences Journals).

Andraka-Christou B. & Atkins D.N. (2020). Whose opinion matters about medications for opioid use disorder? A cross-sectional survey of social norms among court staff. Substance Abuse. DOI (5-year Impact Factor: 2.942, 2019).

Atkins, D.N. & Durrance, C. (2020). State policies that treat prenatal substance use as child abuse or neglect fail to achieve their intended goals. Health Affairs, 39(5), 756-763. (5-year Impact Factor: 5.710, 2019; ranked No. 3 out of 87 Health Policy & Services Journals; 10% acceptance rate).

Andraka-Christou & B., Atkins, D.N., Madeira, J., Silverman, R. (2020). Receipt of training about medication for opioid use disorder from pharmaceutical manufacturers: A preliminary study of Florida criminal problem-solving and dependency court staff. American Drug and Alcohol Review, DOI (5-year Impact Factor: 2.663, 2019).

Atkins, D. N., Durrance, C. P., & Kim, Y. (2019). Good Samaritan harm reduction policy and drug overdose deaths. Health Services Research, 54(2), 407-416. (5-year Impact Factor: 2.949, 2019).

Funded Projects

“Strategies for Person-Centered Care in Behavioral Health Treatment Programs” South Florida Behavioral Health Network. (Role: Co-Investigator; Barbara Andraka-Christou, PI): Grant: $57,884. October 1, 2018–October 31, 2019. Project website.

Dr. Atkins is part of a UCF working group focused on implementation of evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder in the Florida court system and is part of two projects funded by the Florida Supreme Court Office of the State Courts Administrator. The group includes Dr. Barbara Andraka-Christou, Dr. Yara Asi, Rachel Totaram, MHA, and Fatema Ahmed, MHA. More information about these projects can be found at www.flcourts.org.

“Evaluating the Florida Opioid Initiative.” Florida Supreme Court Office of States Court Administrator. (Role: Co-PI; Barbara Andraka-Christou, Co-PI) Grant: $11,000. May 1, 2019-May 31 2020.

“Enhancement & Evaluation for Florida’s Family Dependency Drug Courts.” Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. (Role: Local Co-PI & Program Evaluator at UCF; Elisabeth Kiel, PI) Grant: $1,492,871 total with $146,786 as subaward to UCF. October 1, 2019-October 31 2022.

“The Effect of Prenatal Substance Use Policies on Maternal Substance Abuse and Infant Health” AcademyHealth New Investigator Small Grant Program and the March of Dimes (Role: PI). Grant: $10,000.00. January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017.

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