Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH

Ann Dellinger

Chief, Division of Injury Prevention (DIP)


Areas of Expertise

  • Transportation safety
  • Older Adult Falls
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and the Chief of the Applied Science Branch in the Division of Injury Prevention (DIP) at CDC’s Injury Center. Dr. Dellinger and her colleagues conduct studies in several areas of transportation safety, including: child occupants, impaired driving and older adult mobility. CDC’s MyMobility Plan provides a tool to help older adults preserve their mobility and independence as they age. In the area of older adult falls, studies are focused on the connection between clinical care and fall prevention. CDC’s STEADI initiative offers healthcare providers a coordinated approach to implementing effective fall prevention strategies. Work in traumatic brain injury prevention includes the HEADS UP initiative for sports concussion safety, research to improve the return to learn process, and more fully describing the burden of traumatic brain injury in our population.

Dr. Dellinger began her career at CDC in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at the Injury Center. After serving as an epidemiologist on the Transportation Safety Team she served as Team Lead, then as Chief of the Branch.

Dr. Dellinger received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of San Diego. She received her Master of Public Health (health promotion) from the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego University and her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Dellinger has authored and coauthored more than 100 scientific articles, book chapters and reports. She has been recognized with awards from the Injury Center, CDC, and HHS, including Certificates of Commendation from the Federal Executive Board for Outstanding Scientist, and Outstanding Team.