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Health Sciences

Brian J. Piper, PhD, MS

Associate Professor, Geisinger Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department of Medical Education
Master of Biomedical Sciences Progam
Research & Scholarship
North Campus

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St.
Office 2108
Scranton, PA 18509
Fax: 570-504-9660

Brian J. Piper, PhD, MS

Research interests

Brian J. Piper, PhD, MS, maintains an active program of research in pharmacoepidemiology of controlled substances including opioids, cannabinoids, and other controlled substances, behavioral neurology methods development and quantitative medical ethics. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. His research has been supported by various federal (National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Defense) and private foundations. Prior to joining Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, he was with the neuroscience program at Bowdoin College and the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences at Husson University School of Pharmacy.

Recent publications

  • Eidbo SA, Kropp Lopez AK, Hagedorn JD, Mathew V, Kaufman DE, Nichols SD, McCall KL, Piper BJ.  Declines and regional variation in opioid distribution by U.S. hospitals. Pain. 2022; 163(6):1186-1192. Full Text
  • Baraldi JH, Picozzo SA, Arnold JC, Volarich K, Gionfriddo MR, Piper BJ. A cross-sectional examination of conflict-of-interest disclosures of physician-authors publishing in high-impact US medical journals. BMJ Open. 2022;12(4):e057598. Full Text
  • Piper BJ, Sanchez BV, Madera JD, Sulzinski MA. Profiles of US Hispanics Unvaccinated for COVID-19. Journal of Racial Ethnic Health Disparities. 2022; 2:1-7. Full Text
  • Kaufman DE, Nihal AM, Leppo JD, Staples KM, McCall KL, Piper BJ. Opioid mortality following implementation of medical cannabis programs in the United States. Pharmacopsychiatry. 2021; 54(2):91-95. Full Text
  • Piper BJ, Beals ML, Abess AT, Nichols SD, Martin MW, Cobb CM, DeKeuster RM. Chronic pain patients' perspectives of medical cannabis. Pain. 2017;158(7):1373-1379. Full Text


BS - Northern Michigan University, psychology
MS - Northern Michigan University, experimental psychology, thesis: behavioral pharmacology
PhD - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, dissertation: neuropharmacology
Postdoc - University of Oregon, focus: neuroimaging
Postdoc - Oregon Health & Science University, focus: behavioral toxicology

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