Rob Lyerla

Rob Lyerla (Rob)
(269) 387-8447
Mailing address: 
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D.
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5379 USA
  • PhD, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • MGIS, Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Bradley University
Teaching interests: 
  • Public health
  • Substance Use
  • Epidemiology
  • Research Methods
Research interests: 
  • Epidemiology and community health
  • Resilience and community health

Prior to joining the faculty at WMU, Dr Lyerla had 20+ year career in the US Department of Health and Human Services.  After joining  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), Dr Lyerla worked as a staff epidemiologist in viral hepatitis at the CDC.  He then was seconded  for 5 years to the UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland to help monitor the global HIV epidemic in Asia and the former Soviet Union.  He returned to the US and worked as a Senior Scientist with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).  Dr Lyerla retired from government service after serving as the Associate Director for Science at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Dr Lyerla has published over 30 scholarly journals and maintains an active research portfolio in public health and epidemiology.