Sarah Cercone Heavey


sarah heavey.

Sarah Cercone Heavey


Sarah Cercone Heavey


Research Topics

Substance use and misuse; opioid overdose, suicide, mental health; harm reduction; social network influences.

Contact Information

301 Kimball

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6752

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Professional Summary

Sarah Cercone Heavey, PhD, MPH is a substance use and mental health researcher. Currently, her work focuses on opioid overdose, including issues related to naloxone access as well as intentionality in opioid overdose. She completed at NIMH-funded T32 fellowship at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center. Prior to this, she received her MPH and PhD in Community Health and Health Behavior at UB. Dr. Heavey has worked in public health for many years, including health promotion at an insurance company and lead poisoning prevention at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. In addition, between her MPH and PhD, Dr. Heavey completed a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health, in Atlanta, GA.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • PhD, Community Health & Health Behavior, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MPH, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Honors BA, History, Trinity College, University of Toronto

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence
  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Gamma Lambda Chapter