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Tessa Crume

Tessa Crume MSPH, PhD

Associate Professor
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity & Diabetes Center


Primary Phone:303-724-4452

13001 East 17th Place, Box B119, Room W3131, Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Crume is a lifecourse epidemiologist with a research focus on the functional consequences of in-utero and early life exposures during sensitive or critical periods of human development. Her research encompasses a variety of longitudinal studies of complex chronic diseases with multifactorial etiologies such as cardiovascular, metabolic disease, and congenital heart disease. She also has expertise in the design of novel surveillance systems for complex chronic diseases. Her surveillance work utilizes advanced case-finding techniques; identify reconciliation algorithms, case validation studies, and advanced analytic methods to evaluate biases present in surveillance cohorts. Her expertise in the science of population-level surveillance is supported by a decade of experience as an applied epidemiologist at the state and federal levels. Fueled by a passion for helping women with substance use issues, she designed and obtained funding to conduct research and implement impact studies on prenatal cannabis and tobacco use.

Areas of Expertise

  • Population-level surveillance of complex chronic disease
  • Substance use among pregnant women
  • Tobacco use among women
  • Cannabis
  • Diabetes

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Colorado School of Public Health, 2010
  • MSPH, Epidemiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2001
  • BS, Microbiology, Colorado State University, 1997



  • Faculty Excellence in Student-Mentored Research, Colorado School of Public Health, 2019
  • Faculty Sponsor Award, Graduate School University of Colorado, 2019
  • Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health Inductee, Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health, 2016


  • Black Mamas Matter Alliance
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • American Diabetes Association

Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity & Diabetes (LEAD) Center

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Anschutz Health Sciences Building

1890 N Revere Ct

Suite 1002, 1st Floor

Mail Stop F426

Aurora, CO 80045

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