Amy Wolkin, DrPh, MSPH

Amy Wolkin

Branch Chief, Data Analytics Branch, Division of Injury Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Cross-cutting injury and violence health topics
  • Public Health data and surveillance
  • Epidemiology and research
  • Health equity

Amy Wolkin, DrPH, MSPH, is the chief of the Data Analytics Branch in the Division of Injury Prevention (DIP) at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Dr. Wolkin leads a multi-disciplinary group of scientists who provide leadership on health statistics, data science, health economic research, and programming and web application development for NCIPC. The Data Analytics Branch provides consultation to all areas of the center’s key work and prides itself on delivering results through effective collaboration across the CIO. This includes national leadership on surveillance platforms such as WISQARS and applying the emerging science of data analytics to current and new public health priorities.

Prior to joining NCIPC, Dr. Wolkin served at CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) as the center director’s senior advisor for at-aisk populations. In this position, she led CPR’s efforts to address health equity issues and improve the resilience of at-risk populations to natural and human-caused disasters, disease outbreaks, and other adverse events.

Dr. Wolkin previously served as chief of the Health Studies Branch (HSB) at the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). She led numerous domestic and international outbreak investigations, conducted epidemiologic research, worked closely with tribal nations, and responded to domestic and international emergency responses. Additionally, she led several national surveillance efforts, including the National Poison Data System, surveillance to monitor disaster-related injuries and deaths, disaster-related cause of death reporting. She was also involved in developing the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response toolkit. In addition to working at CPR and NCEH, Dr. Wolkin served as the acting associate director of science in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services.

Dr. Wolkin received her Doctor of Public Health degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Public Health degree from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia.