Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS)
Division of Behavioral Surveillance
A. Gotway Crawford, PhD, MS
Carol A. Gotway Crawford, PhD, MS, is director of the Division of Behavioral Surveillance, Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office (PHSIPO) (transitioning into the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance), and is one of CDC’s most highly respected statisticians.
Dr. Gotway Crawford’s first job at CDC was in 1996 as a statistician with the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). At NCEH, she developed and applied innovative statistical methods for study designs in environmental health investigations. She also directed the statistical aspects of surveys aimed at supporting humanitarian aid workers in hostile situations globally.
From 2006 to 2009, she served as associate director for science in the Office of Workforce Development. With the creation of the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (OSELS) in 2010, she joined OSELS’ Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office (EAPO). There, she was responsible for defining EAPO’s role in promoting and developing novel analytic methods.
In addition to her service at CDC, Dr. Gotway Crawford is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Before joining CDC, she held positions at the University of Nebraska, Sandia National Laboratories, the Center de Geostatistique (France), and the Rand Corporation. She is author or coauthor of more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and two books, including the 2004 publication, Applied Spatial Statistics for Public Health, which is currently a standard reference in geospatial analysis.
Dr. Gotway Crawford received a bachelor-of-science degree in geology from Bradley University and her master’s of science and doctoral degrees in statistics from the University of Iowa.