Robin Lee, PhD, MPH

Robin Lee

Branch Chief, Applied Sciences Branch, Division of Injury Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Aging and health
  • Drowning prevention
  • Older adult mobility
  • Older adult falls
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Robin Lee, PhD, MPH, leads the Applied Sciences Branch (ASB) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Division of Injury Prevention. ASB conducts surveillance, behavioral, and epidemiologic research to address unintentional and self-directed injuries, with a focus on the evaluation of trends and the assessment of environmental, social, behavioral, and other risk and protective factors, as well as the development and evaluation of intervention activities. The branch provides leadership, expert consultation, and technical assistance to federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, and non-governmental partners in addressing these injuries. Specific injury topics include suicide, traumatic brain injury, transportation safety, older adult falls, and drowning.

Dr. Lee’s contributions to the field of injury prevention include the development of the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) initiative, which offers health care providers the tools and resources they need to integrate fall prevention into their clinical practice. STEADI also helps providers screen older patients for fall risk and assess their modifiable risk factors, while offering guidance on how to intervene to reduce patient risk using effective clinical interventions. Dr. Lee was integral in developing the Still Going Strong awareness campaign, which empowers older adults and their caregivers to take simple steps to reduce their risk of falls, motor vehicle crashes, and traumatic brain injuries to maintain their independence and age without injury.

Prior to joining NCIPC in 2012, Dr. Lee was the team lead for the Research Activities Team in the Division of Toxicology and Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Epidemiology Branch at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). In this position, she managed and worked on several research and community-based health studies related to toxic substances, such as asbestos, arsenic, volatile organic compounds, dioxins, and mercury. From 2001 through 2003, she worked on food and water safety with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.

Dr. Lee is an epidemiologist with expertise in epidemiological methods. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology, a Master of Public Health degree, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the State University of New York at Albany. She has coauthored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, government reports, and book chapters and has received numerous awards for her work in public health service.