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Executive 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 P. Alexander, MEdSandra P. Alexander, MEd

Expert consultant, Division of Violence Prevention

Sandra P. Alexander, MEd, works on CDC child maltreatment prevention initiatives, including leadership for the Division of Violence Prevention's Knowledge to Action Child Maltreatment Prevention Consortium. She also represents the CDC on other national child maltreatment initiatives.

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.

 


Kathleen C. Basile, PhDKathleen C. Basile, PhD

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team, Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Kathleen C. Basile, PhD, serves as Lead Behavioral Scientist of the Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Injury Center's Division of Violence Prevention (DVP). 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, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Ms. Laurie Beck, MPH, is an epidemiologist with the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) in the Injury Center. She is responsible for research and programs in transportation safety, focusing primarily on seat belt use and pedestrian safety.

 


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

Behavioral Scientist

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.


Matt Breiding, PhDMatt Breiding, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention

Matt Breiding, PhD, serves as a behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the Injury Center. He works on projects related to the surveillance of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and child abuse, both domestic and international.

Image Not AvailavleAlex E. Crosby, MD, MPH

Medical Epidemiologist, Etiology and Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Alex Crosby, MD, MPH, currently works as a medical epidemiologist on the Surveillance Team in the Etiology and Surveillance Branch (ESB) of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the Injury Center.

Image Not AvailavleAnn M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH

Team Lead, Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Team

Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and the team leader for the Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Team 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.

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 the Injury Center.

Commander Julie Gilchrist, MDCommander Julie Gilchrist, MD

Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Commander Julie Gilchrist, MD, is a pediatrician and medical epidemiologist 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, dog bites and playground injuries.


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

Senior Scientist, Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Team, NCIPC

Arlene Greenspan, DrPH, MS, MPH, 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 Hall, PhD, MSEDDiane Hall, PhD, MSED

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Program Implementation and Dissemination Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Diane Hall, PhD, MSED, is a lead behavioral scientist with the Program Implementation and Dissemination Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the Injury Center.
 


Image Not AvailavleJeffrey E. Hall, PhD, MSPH, CPH

Behavioral Scientist, Etiology and Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Jeffrey E. Hall, PhD, MSPH,CPH is a behavioral scientist in the Etiology and Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the Injury Center. His research focuses on infant homicide, youth and young adult violence, self-neglect and elder abuse.
 


 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.

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.

Rod McClure, MBBS, PhD, FAFPHM, FAICD

 RodMcClureDirector 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 T. Merrick, PhDMelissa T. Merrick, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, is a behavioral scientist with the Etiology and Surveillance Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center. Her major research interests focus on the etiology, surveillance, course, and prevention of child maltreatment.

Erin M. Parker, PhDErin M. Parker, PhD

Health Scientist

Lieutenant Commander Erin Parker, PhD, serves as a Health Scientist with 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.


Image Not AvailavleLeonard 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

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH, serves as a health communications specialist in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention’s Home and Recreation Team. 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). She is responsible for overseeing all of CDC’s transportation safety activities which includes motor vehicle injury prevention, a CDC winnable battle.
 


Image Not AvailavleRuth Shults, PhD, MPH

Senior Epidemiologist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

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

 


Thomas R. Simon, PhDThomas R. Simon, PhD

Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention

Thomas Simon, PhD, currently works as the Deputy Associate Director for Science (ADS) within the Office of the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the Injury Center. As the Deputy, he assists the ADS in providing leadership, planning, and guidance to Division management and staff on scientific policy, research methodology, and priorities for research activities.


Judy A. Stevens, PhDJudy A. Stevens, PhD

Senior Epidemiologist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Judy A. Stevens, PhD, is a senior epidemiologist in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) in the Injury Center. Dr. Stevens is a national expert on older adult falls and fall prevention. She conducts epidemiologic research on fatal and nonfatal fall-related injuries among older adults, and provides technical assistance and oversight to Injury Center funded studies, conducted by universities and state health departments, that develop, implement, and evaluate senior fall prevention programs.

Andra Teten Tharp, PhDAndra Teten Tharp, PhD

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

Andra Teten Tharp, PhD, currently works as a health scientist in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the Injury Center. She has over 40 publications, made numerous presentations at international, national, state or local conferences or meetings and received many awards for her work in violence prevention.

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