Katherine Fowler, PhD
Senior Scientist, Mortality Surveillance Team, Division of Violence Prevention
Areas of Expertise
- Violence surveillance
- Homicide data
- Suicide data
- Intimate partner homicides
- Firearm injury data
Katherine Fowler, PhD, is the Senior Scientist on the Mortality Surveillance Team in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). As the Senior Scientist on the team she provides leadership, planning, and guidance to other scientists regarding technical and scientific operations of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), management and design of research projects using NVDRS data, and helps set priorities for NVDRS research activities. Her work focuses primarily on surveillance of violence-related deaths, including homicides, suicides, deaths of undetermined intent, deaths resulting from law enforcement acting in the line of duty, and unintentional firearm deaths. She is particularly interested in the characteristics of and circumstances surrounding homicides, firearm injuries and deaths, and suicides.
Dr. Fowler received her BS in psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and her PhD in clinical psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Fowler started at CDC as Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in 2011. During her career at CDC, Dr. Fowler has served as a scientific advisor to numerous states funded to conduct violence-related mortality surveillance, has conducted field epidemiology studies on suicide clusters, has served as a liaison to national partners involved with death investigation, has been a reviewer for several high-impact journals, has mentored junior scientists, and has served as the co-chair of scientific programming for the EIS annual conference and the chair of the professional development subcommittee of CDC’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Workgroup (BSSWG).
Dr. Fowler has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, government publications, and book chapters and has given numerous presentations at international, national, state or local conferences or meetings. Topics include violence surveillance, suicide clusters and contagion, firearm injuries and deaths, eviction/foreclosure-related suicides, suicides among severely and persistently mentally ill persons, and numerous educational and technical assistance presentations regarding NVDRS.