Erin K. Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH

Erin Sauber-Schatz

Team Lead, Division of Injury Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Child passenger safety (car/booster seats)
  • Teen drivers
  • Motor vehicle injury prevention

Erin Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH, serves as the team lead of the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Injury Prevention (DIP) at CDC’s Injury Center. As a team lead, 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.

Dr. Sauber-Schatz received her bachelor of arts degree in biology with a minor in French from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, her MPH in epidemiology from the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health in College Station, Texas, and her PhD 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 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 for several public health emergencies including the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, the 2014 Ebola Epidemic, and the Opioid Epidemic.

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