Funded Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs)

Columbia University: Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP)
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Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Columbia University
Director: Charles C. Branas, PhD – Gelman Endowed Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Address: 722 W 168th Street, Room 1508, New York, NY 10032-3702
Phone: 212-305-8755
Website: https://www.cuinjuryresearch.orgexternal icon
Twitter: @cuedpidemiology


“Science in Service to Safety” is the theme of the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP). We have diverse faculty with expertise in epidemiology, health policy, emergency medicine, psychiatry, surgery, pediatrics, law, economics, education, engineering and biostatistics. We are collaborating with communities, governments, and nongovernmental organizations to accomplish the following CCISP goals:

  1. Conduct and disseminate innovative, cutting edge research;
  2. Streamline the time from discovery to population scale up;
  3. Increase accessibility to new discoveries and existing best practices with potential to exert real-world impact; and
  4. Train injury prevention researchers and practitioners.

Active research is ongoing in the areas of:

  • adverse childhood experiences,
  • motor vehicle injury,
  • opioid overdose,
  • suicide,
  • firearms,
  • violence, and others.

We are disseminating discoveries from these projects to injury prevention professionals, policy and lawmakers, consumers, and governmental and nongovernmental agencies.

The training core is actively engaged in educational endeavors at the master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels. We offer a course selection covering a wide range of injury and violence issues, injury methods, a research in progress seminar, and a master’s level MPH Certificate in Injury and Violence Prevention.

The outreach core collaborates and engages with partners and leverages our collective expertise to successfully accomplish the Center’s goals. We provide technical support to identify unmet needs and help partners strategize how to overcome barriers to implementation and improve the likelihood of community level injury prevention initiatives’ successes. Proven effective injury prevention strategies are translated and disseminated through podcasts, YouTube videos, learning labs, workshops, symposiums, national and international scientific meetings, and policy and lawmakers’ education on injury science relevant to bills and legislation appearing before them.

Core Research Projects

  • Motor Vehicle Crashes — Impacts of Ridesharing on Motor Vehicle Crashes, Morbidity, and Assault
  • Suicide — Adolescent Depression and Suicidality Are Increasing in the US: What is the Role of Social Media? Investigation in Two National Samples of Adolescents
  • ACEs — School Violence Exposure as an Adverse Childhood Experience: A Nationwide Study of K-12 School Responses to Violence and Their Impact on Youth Mental Health and Educational Outcomes
  • Opioid Overdose — Interventions to Reduce Opioid Overdose: Transportability of Evidence-Based Approaches Through Agent-Based Modeling

Exploratory Research Project

  • Suicide — Spatial and Psychological Factors for Suicidality and Self-Harm in Transgender Women
  • Suicide — Adapting the Suicide Safety Planning Intervention for Adolescents in Mozambique
  • Suicide — Lock and Protect: Reducing Adolescent Access to Lethal Means for Suicide