Executive Leadership & Expert Bios
Areas of Expertise
- Youth violence prevention
- School violence prevention
- Suicide prevention
- Violence surveillance
- Public health burden of violence
Thomas R. Simon, PhD
Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
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 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). 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. His work focuses primarily on the topics of youth violence (including school violence and gang joining prevention) and suicide prevention and the linkages across different forms of violence. He is particularly interested in how policy changes and modifications to the physical environment influence risk for violence.
Dr. Simon started at CDC as an Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine Fellow in 1996. He worked on what was then the Youth Violence and Suicide Prevention (YVSP) team. He then transitioned to become a Staff Fellow, Behavioral Scientist, and Team Leader for the YVSP Team in DVP. During his career at CDC, Dr. Simon has served as a scientific advisor on multiple etiological studies examining risk and protective factors for aggressive and suicidal behavior and longitudinal evaluations of violence and suicide prevention programs.
Dr. Simon received his B.A. in psychology from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio and his Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine from the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California.
He has over 90 peer-reviewed publications, government publications, and textbook chapters and has given numerous presentations at international, national, state or local conferences or meetings about violence as a public health problem, risk and protective factors for violence, and prevention strategies based on the best available evidence.
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