Erin K. Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH

Erin Sauber-Schatz

CAPT, US Public Health Service

Team Lead, Division of Injury Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Transportation Safety
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Impaired Driving
  • COVID-19

Erin Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH (CAPT U.S. Public Health Service), serves as the team lead of the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Injury Prevention (DIP) at CDC’s Injury Center. She is responsible for overseeing CDC’s transportation safety research and activities. The team’s focus areas include impaired driving, data linkage, seat belt use, child passenger safety, and older adult mobility.

Dr. Sauber-Schatz has published work across multiple transportation safety topics, including child passenger safety, impaired driving, restraint use, safe teen driving, and global road safety. She has served as an expert consultant on various work groups and initiatives. She also managed the creation and update of MV PICCS 3.0, an innovative online calculator that determines the costs and effectiveness of 14 proven motor vehicle injury prevention strategies at the state level, as well as the Linking Information for Nonfatal Crash Surveillance (LINCS) Guide that helps states start or enhance their data linkage programs.

She began her career at CDC in the Epidemic Intelligence Service working at the Florida Department of Health (2009-2011) with a focus in maternal and child health. She has been on special assignment/deployed for several public health emergency responses, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2014 Ebola epidemic, the Opioid epidemic, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Sauber-Schatz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, with a minor in French, from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health in College Station, Texas; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology and a certificate in public health preparedness and disaster response from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She is a captain in the United States Public Health Service.