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Leadership and Expert Bios

The Injury Center Leadership and Expert Bio section provides information for journalists on CDC Injury Center experts who often speak to the press. While this is not an exhaustive list of the CDC employees available for interviews, this page provides an opportunity to learn more about our leaders and experts. Please call our press contact at (770) 488-4902 if you would like to interview one of our experts. If you are interested in finding an expert to speak at your organization's event, please contact the CDC Speakers Bureau.

Sandra AlexanderSandra P. Alexander, MEd

Expert Consultant, Division of Violence Prevention

Sandra P. Alexander, MEd, provides leadership for CDC’s child maltreatment prevention initiatives, including Essentials for Childhood, and represents CDC on other national child maltreatment initiatives. Sandra also serves as a spokesperson for CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention’s work with partners.

Grand Baldwin, PhD, MPHGrant Baldwin, PhD, MPH

Director, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP)

Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH, is the Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. He has served in this capacity since September 2008.

 


  Kathlen BasileKathleen C. Basile, PhD

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team

Kathleen C. Basile, PhD, serves as the Lead Behavioral Scientist of the Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team in the Research and Evaluation Branch of CDC’s Injury Center. She is responsible for providing leadership, mentoring, and scientific oversight to an interdisciplinary team of scientists, project officers, fellows, and contractors.

 


Laurie Beck, MPHLaurie Beck, MPH

Epidemiologist, Transportation Safety Team

Ms. Laurie Beck, MPH, is an epidemiologist on the Transportation Safety Team within the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. Her research interests include seat belt use and pedestrian safety.

 


Dr. Jeneita BellJeneita Bell, MD, MPH

Medical Officer, Traumatic Brain Injury Team

Jeneita Bell, MD, MPH, is a Medical Officer on the Traumatic Brain Injury Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. She currently works in the area of traumatic brain injury (TBI) epidemiology and prevention, where she is responsible for coordinating primary prevention activities, in collaboration with relevant groups and state-based programs. She also provides subject matter expertise for the development of scientific analyses, studies, and reports, including the Report to Congress on TBI Rehabilitation.

 


Gwen Bergen, PhD, MS, MPHGwen Bergen, PhD, MS, MPH

Behavioral Scientist, Transportation Safety Team

Gwen Bergen, serves as a Behavioral Scientist on the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. She works to prevent alcohol-related driving injuries and deaths, to understand older adult mobility issues, and on investigating better sources of data for motor vehicle injury and death.

 


  Holly BillieHolly Billie

Injury Prevention Specialist, Transportation Safety Team

Captain Holly Billie serves as an Injury Prevention Specialist on the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. She is responsible for programs and projects related to transportation safety for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 


Matt Breiding, PhDMatt Breiding, PhD

Team Lead, Traumatic Brain Injury Team

Matt Breiding, PhD, is a behavioral scientist and serves as team lead of the Traumatic Brain Injury Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. His work at CDC has been focused on surveillance of traumatic brain injury, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and child abuse, both domestic and international.

Image Not AvailavleAlex E. Crosby, MD, MPH

Branch Chief, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Alex Crosby, MD, MPH, is the Branch Chief of the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the Injury Center.

  Linda DahlbergLinda L. Dahlberg, PhD

Senior Advisor to the Director, Division of Violence Prevention

Linda Dahlberg, PhD, is the Senior Advisor to the Director in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) within CDC’s Injury Center. She provides senior executive leadership in the design, conceptualization, and implementation of initiatives aimed at preventing violence and in the application of scientific findings into practice to improve the nation’s health. She also serves as an expert consultant on global research, surveillance, and programmatic initiatives.

 


  Ann DellingerAnn M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH

Branch Chief, Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch

Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and the Branch Chief for the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch within the Division of Unintentional Injury (DUIP) at the Injury Center. Dr. Dellinger and her team conduct studies in the area of motor vehicle safety focusing on older drivers, child occupant and pedestrian injury, and injury risk behavior.

  Corine FerdonCorinne Ferdon, PhD

Acting Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention

Corinne Ferdon, PhD, is the current Acting Deputy Associate Director for Science (ADS) within the Office of the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s Injury Center. She assists the ADS in providing leadership, planning, and guidance to DVP management and staff on scientific policy, research methodology, and priorities for research activities.

 


Beverly Fortson, PhDBeverly L. Fortson, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Beverly L. Fortson, PhD, currently works as a behavioral scientist on the Child Maltreatment and Sexual Violence Team in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s Injury Center.

Commander Julie Gilchrist, MDCaptain Julie Gilchrist, MD

Medical Epidemiologist, Home and Recreation Team

Captain Julie Gilchrist, MD, is a pediatrician and medical epidemiologist with the Home and Recreation Team within the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. She is responsible for research and programs in drowning prevention and water safety promotion, sports and recreation-related injury prevention, and other issues that primarily affect children, including choking, suffocation, ingestions, and playground injuries.

 


Arlene Greenspan, DrPH, MS, MPHArlene Greenspan, DrPH, MS, MPH

Associate Director of Science, Office of the Associate Director of Science

Arlene Greenspan, DrPH, MS, MPH, is the Associate Director of Science, Office of the Associate Director of Science (OADS) in the Injury Center. She conducts research in the area of motor vehicle safety focusing on child occupant and teen driver and occupant injuries. She is currently serving as a member of the agency-wide Adolescent Health Goal Team at CDC.

  Diane HalDiane M. Hall, PhD, MSED

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Prevention Practice and Translation Branch

Diane M. Hall, PhD, MSED, is a lead behavioral scientist with the Prevention Practice and Translation Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at CDC’s Injury Center.

 


  Jef HalJeffrey E. Hall, PhD, MSPH, CPH

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Morbidity and Behavioral Surveillance Team

Jeffrey E. Hall, PhD, MSPH, CPH is a lead behavioral scientist on the Morbidity and Behavioral Surveillance Team of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at CDC’s Injury Center. He is a subject matter expert on youth violence prevention and elder abuse prevention.

 


Debra HouryDebra Houry, MD, MPH

Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at CDC

Dr. Houry leads innovative research and science-based programs to prevent injuries and violence and to reduce their consequences. She has received several national awards for her work in the field of injury and violence prevention.

  Joanne KlevensJoanne Klevens, MD, PhD, MPH

Epidemiologist, Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team

Joanne Klevens, MD, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist on the Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s Injury Center.

Robin Lee, PhD, MPHRobin Lee, PhD, MPH

Team Lead, Home and Recreation Team

Robin Lee, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and the Team Lead for the Home and Recreation Team within Home, Recreation and Transportation Branch, Division of Unintentional Injuries (DUIP) at the Injury Center. Dr. Lee and her team conduct research and implement programs on how to prevent the occurrence of unintentional injuries at home, school, and in recreational areas.

  RodMcClureRod McClure, MBBS, PhD, FAFPHM, FAICD

Director of Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration (DARPI)

Rod McClure, MBBS, PhD, FAFPHM, FAICD, is Director of Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration (DARPI) at the Injury Center. Prior to coming to CDC, Dr. McClure was the Director of the Monash Injury Research Institute (MIRI) at Monash University.

 


  Melissa MercadoMelissa C. Mercado, PhD, MSc, MA

Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention

Melissa Mercado, PhD, MSc, MA is a behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s Injury Center.

 


  Jim MercyJames A. Mercy, PhD

Director, Division of Violence Prevention

James A. Mercy, PhD, is the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention in CDC’s Injury Center.

 


Melissa MerrickMelissa T. Merrick, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, is a behavioral scientist with the Surveillance Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s Injury Center. She is a subject matter expert in child maltreatment and leads the Division’s work on adverse childhood experiences.

Erin M. Parker, PhDErin M. Parker, PhD

Health Scientist, Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch

Lieutenant Commander Erin Parker, PhD, serves as a Health Scientist in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) in the Injury Center. As a member of the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch, she works on projects related to child injury, older adult falls, fires/burns, and drowning. She also provides oversight and technical assistance for DUIP’s global road safety projects.

 


Leonard PaulozziLeonard J. Paulozzi, MD, MPH

Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Leonard J. Paulozzi, MD, MPH, is a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) of the Injury Center. His area of concentration is drug overdoses, especially those due to prescription drugs.

Kelly Sarmiento, MPHKelly Sarmiento, MPH

Health Communications Specialist, Home and Recreation Safety Team

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH, serves as a health communications specialist on the Home and Recreation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. She is responsible for leading the Heads Up program, which is a series of educational initiatives that all have a common goal: to help protect people of all ages, especially children and teens, from concussions and other serious brain injuries and their potentially devastating effects.

 


Erin K. Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPHErin K. Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH

Team Lead, Transportation Safety Team

Erin Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH, serves as the team lead of the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. She is responsible for overseeing all of CDC’s transportation safety activities which includes motor vehicle injury prevention, a CDC winnable battle.

 


  Ruth ShultsRuth Shults, PhD, MPH

Senior Epidemiologist, Transportation Safety Team

Ruth Shults, PhD, MPH, is a senior epidemiologist on the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. Her area of concentration is motor vehicle crash prevention.

 


  Tom SimonThomas R. Simon, PhD

Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention

Thomas Simon, PhD, is the current Associate Director for Science (ADS) within the Office of the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP)  at the Injury Center. As the Associate Director, he provides leadership, planning, and guidance to Division management and staff on scientific policy, research methodology, and priorities for research activities.

  Image Not AvailavleMikel Walters, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Morbidity and Behavioral Surveillance Team, Division of Violence Prevention

Mikel Walters, PhD, is a behavioral scientist on the Morbidity and Behavioral Surveillance Team in the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s Injury Center.

 


  Bethany WestBethany West, MPH

Epidemiologist, Transportation Safety Team

Bethany West, MPH, is a epidemiologist with the Transportation Safety Team, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) in the Injury Center. She works to prevent motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths among vulnerable populations including children, older adults, and minorities.

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