Thomas R. Simon, PhD

Thomas Simon

Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention


  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Youth violence prevention
  • School violence prevention
  • Violence surveillance
  • Public health burden of violence

Thomas Simon, PhD, is the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). As the Associate Director for Science he provides leadership, planning, and guidance to Division management and staff on scientific policy, research methodology, and priorities for research activities. His work focuses primarily on violence involving young people and the linkages across different forms of violence. He is particularly interested in how changes in prevention strategies and policies can reduce risk for multiple types of violence at the population level.

Dr. Simon received his PhD in preventive medicine from the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Simon started at CDC as a Preventive Medicine Fellow in 1996. During his career at CDC, Dr. Simon has served as a scientific advisor on multiple etiological studies and longitudinal evaluations of violence prevention programs.

Dr. Simon has published more than 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts, government publications, and book chapters and given numerous presentations at international, national, state or local conferences or meetings. His presentation topics address violence as a public health problem, risk and protective factors for violence, and prevention strategies based on the best available evidence.