Linda L. Dahlberg, PhD

Linda Dahlberg

Senior Advisor to the Director, Division of Violence Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Youth violence prevention
  • Global violence prevention
  • Firearm violence
  • Injury surveillance

Linda Dahlberg, PhD, is the Senior Advisor to the Director in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) within CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. In this role, she provides senior executive leadership to initiatives aimed at preventing violence and putting scientific findings into practice to improve the nation’s health. She is also an expert consultant on global research, surveillance, and programmatic initiatives.

Dr. Dahlberg began her career at CDC as a research sociologist in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS where she served as a co-investigator of a study on risk factors for bacterial and viral STDs among adolescent females and provided research support and technical assistance to CDC’s national efforts to prevent STD/HIV. She joined CDC’s violence prevention division in 1992 when rates of homicide among the nation’s youth were near their highest recorded levels in history and helped launch CDC’s violence prevention program. Dr. Dahlberg has spent much of the past 30 years in violence prevention, addressing various forms of interpersonal violence and suicide in the United States and around the world.

As a leading expert on violence prevention, she has contributed to the development of many national and international guidelines and reports to advance scientific research and practice. She served as the Executive Scientific Editor of the World Report on Violence and Health and more recently as an expert consultant to the Global Status Report on Violence Prevention and the Global Status Report on Preventing Violence Against Children. She has also served as a consultant on a number of international scientific planning committees and advisory boards and has assisted countries in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Dahlberg received her BA degree in sociology from the University of Northern Colorado and her master’s degree and PhD in sociology from Indiana University (IU)-Bloomington. She has been an invited plenary speaker at world conferences and has authored or coauthored more than 168 peer-reviewed publications, chapters, reports, and presentations and received awards of excellence in both teaching and research.