Gwen Bergen, PhD, MS, MPH

Gwen Bergen, PhD, MS, MPH

Behavioral Scientist, Division of Injury Prevention (DIP)


Areas of Expertise

  • Older adult falls
  • Older adult mobility

Gwen Bergen serves as a senior behavioral scientist on the Safety Promotion Team in the Division of Injury Prevention at CDC’s Injury Center. She works to prevent older adult falls by implementing and evaluating clinical fall prevention strategies, to promote optimal older adult mobility, and on investigating better sources of surveillance and economic data for unintentional injury. Much of her work includes a focus on understanding older adult injury prevention attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors and designing evidence-based tools to encourage them to adopt behaviors to reduce their injury risk.  She also works to understand the impact of alcohol on injury risk.

Prior to serving on the Safety Promotion Team, she was a behavioral scientist on the Transportation Safety Team, working on older adult mobility, alcohol-impaired driving, and data linkage. Dr. Bergen began her career at CDC as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics working with the injury group. Prior to starting her career in public health she worked as a computer scientist designing, developing, and testing information systems.

Dr. Bergen received her bachelor of science degree in health systems and her master of science degree in information and computer sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her masters of public health degree from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and her doctoral degree in health policy and management with an emphasis in social and behavioral science from Johns Hopkins  University, Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Bergen has authored and/co-authored several publications, including:

  • Johnston Y, Bergen G, Bauer M, Parker E, Wentworth L, McFadden M, Reome C, Garnett M. Implementation of the Stopping Elderly Accidents Deaths and Injuries (STEADI) Initiative in Primary Care: An Outcome Evaluation. The Gerontologist. 2018. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gny101.
  • Haddad YK, Bergen G, Florence C. Estimating the Economic Burden Related to Older Adult Falls by State. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2019:25(2):E17–E24.
  • Florence C, Bergen G, Atherly A, Burns E, Stevens J, Drake C. The Medical Costs of Fall Injuries among Older Adults. Journal of American Geriatrics Society. 2018:66:693–698.
  • Bergen G, Stevens M. Burns E. Falls and Fall Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥ 65 Years—United States, 2014. MMWR. 2016; 65(37):993–998.