Corinne Ferdon, PhD

Corinne Ferdon

Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Youth violence prevention
  • School violence prevention
  • Bullying prevention
  • Child abuse and neglect prevention
  • Suicide prevention

Corinne Ferdon, PhD, is the Deputy Associate Director for Science (ADS) within the Office of the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). As the Deputy, she assists the ADS in providing leadership, planning, and guidance to DVP management and staff on scientific policy, research methodology, and priorities for research activities. Her work focuses primarily on the topics of child abuse and neglect, suicide, and youth violence, including school violence and bullying. She also supports prevention science for all violence topics addressed by CDC.

In 2004, Dr. Ferdon began her career at CDC in DVP as a behavioral scientist. During her tenure, she has served as the lead scientist for a number of DVP activities, including the National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention and the national initiative Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE). She has held other leadership roles that supported CDC-wide activities, including the Adolescent Health Goal Team, Workgroup on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Healthy People 2020 Adolescent Health Workgroup. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Ferdon was an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Ferdon received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and her Master of Science and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Dr. Ferdon has authored or coauthored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, government publications, and textbook chapters and has given over 110 presentations at national, state and local conferences and meetings. Her presentation topics have included adolescent health, violence as a public health problem, and prevention strategies based on the best available evidence.