Tobias Gerhard Elected New Member of American Epidemiological Society

Date: June 14, 2022
Media Contact: Nicole Swenarton

Tobias Gerhard, BSPharm, PhD, FISPE, Professor of Pharmacy and Epidemiology, Interim Director, Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and Founding Director of the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Treatment Science has been elected as a New Member of the American Epidemiological Society.

Established in 1927, the American Epidemiological Society is an honorary society with a mission to provide a scientific forum for senior epidemiologists. Members use this forum to exchange ideas with peers at the Society’s annual meetings. Each year, individuals are nominated and evaluated on the basis of the quality and impact of their accomplishments and contributions to the field.

Dr. Gerhard received his pharmacy degree from the University of Freiburg, Germany (2002), and his PhD in pharmacoepidemiology from the University of Florida (2007). Dr. Gerhard’s work focuses on the development and evaluation of modern pharmacoepidemiologic methods with applications in mental health and geriatric pharmacotherapy. He has extensive experience working with large claims and EHR datasets and has published widely on use, safety, and outcomes of therapeutics, particularly of psychotropic medications in vulnerable populations. His work has been funded by NIA, NIMH, AHRQ, PCORI, and by multiple foundations.

Currently, he serves as PI of two R01 awards from the NIA and as subcontract PI for several other NIH-funded projects. His work has been recognized with a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, a NCDEU New Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and the 2020 Sternfels Prize for Drug Safety Discoveries. Dr. Gerhard is a Fellow of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) and its current President-Elect, and serves on committees for FDA and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).