Leadership and Expert Bios

Sara Bacon

Sara Bacon, PhD

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Overdose Prevention Programs Team

Dr. Sarah Bacon is the Lead Behavioral Scientist for the Overdose Prevention Programs Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. In this role she serves as Program Director for CDC’s Prevention for States and the Data-Driven Prevention Initiative.

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Grand Baldwin, PhD, MPH

Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH

Director, Division of Overdose Prevention

Dr. Grant Baldwin is the Director of the newly created Division of Overdose Prevention at CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. In this role, he is responsible for monitoring trends in the opioid epidemic and other emerging drug threat as well identifying and scaling up prevention activities to address the evolving drug crisis.

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Kathlen Basile

Kathleen C. Basile, PhD

Senior Scientist, Office of the Associate Director for Science

Kathleen C. Basile, PhD, serves as a Senior Scientist in the Office of the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Violence Prevention. She is responsible for providing leadership, planning, and guidance to Division management and staff on scientific policy, training, and research priorities on violence prevention topics.

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Laurie Beck

Laurie Beck, MPH

Epidemiologist, Transportation Safety Team

Ms. Laurie Beck, MPH, is an epidemiologist on the Transportation Safety Team within the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. Her research interests include seat belt use and pedestrian safety.

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Gwen Bergen, PhD, MS, MPH

Gwen Bergen, PhD, MS, MPH

Behavioral Scientist, Safety Promotion Team

Gwen Bergen serves as a senior behavioral scientist on the Safety Promotion Team in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. She works to prevent older adult falls, to understand older adult mobility issues, and on investigating better sources of surveillance and economic data for unintentional injury.

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Matt Breiding, PhD

Matt Breiding, PhD

Team Lead, Traumatic Brain Injury Team

Matt Breiding, PhD, is a behavioral scientist and serves as team lead of the Traumatic Brain Injury Team in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. His work at CDC has been focused on surveillance of traumatic brain injury, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and child abuse—both domestic and international.

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Elizabeth Burns

Elizabeth Burns, MPH

Health Scientist, Safety Promotion Team

Elizabeth Burns is a health scientist on the Safety Promotion Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. She supports research determining the effectiveness of clinical falls prevention.

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Alex E. Crosby, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer in the Division of Injury Prevention

Alex Crosby, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Officer in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center.

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Linda Dahlberg

Linda L. Dahlberg, PhD

Senior Advisor to the Director, Division of Violence Prevention

Linda Dahlberg, PhD, is the Senior Advisor to the Director in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center. She provides senior executive leadership in the design, conceptualization, and implementation of initiatives aimed at preventing violence and in the application of scientific findings into practice to improve the nation’s health. She also serves as an expert consultant on global research, surveillance, and programmatic initiatives.

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Jill Daugherty

Jill Daugherty, PhD

Epidemiologist, Division of Injury Prevention

Jill Daughtery, PhD, is an Epidemiologist on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team in the Division of Injury Prevention  at the Injury Center. Her work focuses on understanding the public health burden of and sociodemographic disparities in TBI.

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Sarah DeGue

Sarah DeGue, PhD

Senior Scientist, Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Sarah DeGue, PhD, is a Senior Scientist in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center, and lead for CDC’s Dating Matters® teen dating violence prevention initiative. Her work focuses primarily of the etiology and prevention of sexual violence.

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Ann Dellinger

Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH

Branch Chief, Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch

Ann M. Dellinger, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and the Branch Chief for the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch within the Division of Unintentional Injury at the Injury Center. Dr. Dellinger and her team conduct studies in the area of motor vehicle safety focusing on older drivers, child occupant and pedestrian injury, and injury risk behavior.

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Debbie Dowell

Debbie Dowell, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Debbie Dowell, MD, MPH is Chief Medical Officer for the Injury Center and leads CDC’s Opioid Response Coordination Unit (ORCU). In this role, she leads development of agency-wide strategy to prevent opioid overdose and other opioid-related harms and oversees coordination of opioid-related efforts and messaging across the agency.

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Molly Evans

Molly Evans, MD, MPH

Medical Officer, Division of Overdose Prevention

Dr. Mary (“Molly”) Evans is a medical officer in the Division of Overdose Prevention at the Injury Center. She focuses on implementation of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, medication assisted treatment, opioid overdose prevention in tribal communities, and opioid prescribing for older adults.

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Mark Faul

Mark Faul, PhD, MA

Senior Health Scientist, Division of Overdose Prevention

Mark Faul, PhD, MA is a Senior Health Scientist in the Division of Overdose Prevention at the Injury Center.

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Corine Ferdon

Corinne Ferdon, PhD

Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention

Corinne Ferdon, PhD, is the Deputy Associate Director for Science within the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center. 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.

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Curtis Florence

Curtis Florence, PhD

Economics Team Lead, Data Analytics Branch, Division of Injury Prevention

Dr. Curtis Florence is the Economics Team Lead for the Data Analytics Branch in the Injury Center’s Division of Injury Prevention. Dr. Florence leads a team of economists providing estimates on the economic burden of injury and violence.

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Katherine Fowler

Katherine Fowler, PhD

Senior Scientist, Mortality Surveillance Team, Division of Violence Prevention

Katherine Fowler, PhD, is the Senior Scientist on the Mortality Surveillance Team in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). As the Senior Scientist on the team she provides leadership, planning, and guidance to other scientists regarding technical and scientific operations of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), management and design of research projects using NVDRS data, and helps set priorities for NVDRS research activities.

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Arlene Greenspan, DrPH, MS, MPH

Arlene Greenspan, DrPH, MS, MPH

Associate Director of Science, Office of the Associate Director of Science

Arlene Greenspan, DrPH, MS, MPH, is the Associate Director of Science, Office of the Associate Director of Science at the Injury Center. She conducts research in the area of motor vehicle safety focusing on child occupant and teen driver and occupant injuries. She is currently serving as a member of the agency-wide Adolescent Health Goal Team at CDC.

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Gery Guy

Gery P. Guy Jr., PhD, MPH

Team Lead, Division of Overdose Prevention

Gery Guy, PhD, MPH is a health scientist and serves as the team lead for the Applied Research, Evaluation and Integration team in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP).

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Tamara Haegerich

Tamara M. Haegerich, PhD

Associate Director for Science, Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP)

Dr. Haegerich serves as the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) at the Injury Center. She provides leadership, planning, and guidance on scientific quality, research priorities, and guideline development.

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Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD

Senior Health Scientist,Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD, is a senior health scientist on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center.

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Kristin Holland

Kristin M. Holland, PhD, MPH

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention

Kristin Holland, PhD, is the Team Lead for the Morbidity and Behavioral Surveillance Team in the Division of Violence Prevention’s Surveillance Branch at the Injury Center. Her work at CDC has focused on the surveillance and prevention of suicide, sexual and intimate partner violence, and youth violence.

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Debra Houry

Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Debra Houry, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at CDC. In this role, Dr. Houry leads innovative research and science-based programs to prevent injuries and violence and to reduce their consequences.

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Christopher Jones

Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH

Senior Advisor
Associate Director, Office of Strategy and Innovation

Dr. Christopher Jones currently serves as a Senior Advisor and is the Associate Director in the Office of Strategy and Innovation in the CDC Injury Center. As Senior Advisor, he provides strategic policy and scientific direction and coordination on a broad range of injury and violence topics including drug overdose, suicide, and adverse childhood experiences.

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Megan Kearns

Megan C. Kearns, PhD, MPH

Behavioral Scientist, Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Megan C. Kearns, PhD, is a senior behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center. Her research interests focus on primary and secondary prevention of intimate partner violence, including evaluation of community and policy-based prevention approaches.

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Robin Lee, PhD, MPH

Robin Lee, PhD, MPH

Team Lead, Division of Injury Prevention

Robin Lee, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and the team lead for the Safety Promotion Team within the Applied Science Branch in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. Dr. Lee and her team conduct research and implement programs on how to prevent the occurrence of unintentional injuries at home, school, and in recreational areas. Topic areas include falls, drowning, fire and burns, infant suffocation, playground safety, and sports-related injuries.

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Jan L. Losby

Jan L. Losby, PhD, MSW

Branch Chief, Division of Overdose Prevention

Jan L. Losby, PhD, MSW is a behavioral scientist and serves as the Branch Chief for the Health Systems and Research Branch, in the Division of Overdose Prevention at the Injury Center.

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Karin Mack

Karin Mack, PhD

Associate Director for Science, Division of Injury Prevention

Karin Mack, PhD, is the Associate Director for Science (ADS) in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center.

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Christine Mattson

Christine Mattson, PhD

Senior Health Scientist, Division of Overdose Prevention

Christine Mattson, PhD is a Senior Health Scientist on the Overdose Mortality Team in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in the Division of Overdose Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Angela Marr

Angela Marr, MPH

Branch Chief, Program Implementation and Evaluation Branch, Division of Injury Prevention

Angela Marr, MPH, is the Branch Chief of the Program Implementation and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center.

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Greta Massetti

Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH

Senior Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention

Dr. Greta Massetti is a Branch Chief of the Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center. In this role, Dr. Massetti leads the division’s efforts to address the global burden of violence against children and youth.

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Jim Mercy

James A. Mercy, PhD

Director, Division of Violence Prevention

James A. Mercy, PhD, is the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s Injury Center.

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Christina Mikosz

Christina Mikosz, MD

Medical Officer, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Dr. Christina Mikosz is a Medical Officer on the Opioid Overdose Health Systems team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Phyllis Niolon

Phyllis Holditch Niolon, Ph.D.

Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention

Phyllis Holditch Niolon, PhD, is a behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center. Dr. Niolon serves as a senior subject matter expert (SME) on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Teen Dating Violence (TDV).

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Erin M. Parker, PhD

Erin M. Parker, PhD

Deputy Associate Director for Science (Deputy ADS)

Lieutenant Commander Erin Parker, PhD, serves as the Deputy Associate Director for Science (Deputy ADS) in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. As Deputy ADS, Dr. Parker is responsible for ensuring the scientific quality and integrity of the Division’s work in opioid overdose prevention, motor vehicle injury prevention, older adult fall prevention, and traumatic brain injury.

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Alexis Peterson

Alexis Peterson, PhD

Health Scientist, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team

Alexis Peterson, PhD, is a health scientist on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. As a health scientist, her role on the TBI team is to promote the accurate reporting of TBI incidence and burden to inform the general public and stakeholders.

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Judy Qualters

Judith Qualters

Director of the Division of Injury Prevention 

Dr. Judith (Judy) R. Qualters is the Director of the Division of Injury Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Dr. Qualters has extensive experience leading public health surveillance, research, and state prevention programs.

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Wesley Sargent

Wesley Sargent, EdD, EdS, MA

Health Scientist, Division of Overdose Prevention

Wesley Sargent, EdD, EdS, MA serves as a Health Scientist for the Clinical Practice Team in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) at the Injury Center. His work at CDC has been focused on translating and implementing CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and serving as a Science Officer on the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) cooperative agreement.

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Kelly Sarmiento, MPH

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH

Public Health Advisor, Division of Injury Prevention

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH, serves as a public health advisor in the Division of Injury Prevention’s Traumatic Brain Injury Team at the Injury Center. Kelly’s expertise is in pediatric mild traumatic brain injury and she is responsible for leading the HEADS UP campaign.

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Erin K. Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH

Erin K. Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH

Team Lead, Transportation Safety Team

Erin Sauber-Schatz, PhD, MPH, serves as the team lead of the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. She is responsible for overseeing all of CDC’s transportation safety activities which includes motor vehicle injury prevention, a CDC winnable battle.

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Puja Seth, PhD, PhD

Branch Chief, Division of Overdose Prevention

Puja Seth, PhD, is the Branch Chief for the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in the Division of Overdose Prevention at the Injury Center. In this role, she oversees the conceptualization and implementation of the surveillance components of CDC’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program.

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Thomas Simon

Thomas R. Simon, PhD

Associate Director for Science

Thomas Simon, PhD, is the Associate Director for Science in the Office of the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center. 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.

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Deborah Stone

Deborah M. Stone, ScD, MSW, MPH

Behavioral Scientist, Division of Injury Prevention

Deb Stone is the Lead Behavioral Scientist on the Suicide Prevention Team within the Applied Science Branch in the Division of Injury Prevention at CDC’s Injury Center. Dr. Stone serves as a subject matter expert in suicide prevention.

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Dr. Steven Sumner

Steven A. Sumner, MD, MSc

Senior Advisor for Data Science and Innovation

Dr. Steven Sumner, MD, MSc, serves as Senior Advisor for Data Science and Innovation at the Injury Center. He coordinates, supports, and oversees data science initiatives in priority public health areas of drug overdose, suicide/mental health, and violence and injury prevention.

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Alana Vivolo-Kantor

Alana Vivolo-Kantor

Lead Health Scientist, Division of Overdose Prevention

Dr. Alana Vivolo-Kantor is a Senior Health Scientist and Overdose Morbidity Team Lead in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in the Division of Overdose Prevention at the Injury Center. In this role, she manages the nonfatal overdose surveillance data collected from health departments funded by CDC’s Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS) and the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) cooperative agreements.

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Dana Waltzman

Dana Waltzman, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team

Dana Waltzman, PhD, is a behavioral scientist on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team in the Division of Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. Her work focuses on understanding the public health burden, prevention, and long-term effects of TBI.

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Bethany West

Bethany West, MPH

Epidemiologist, Transportation Safety Team

Bethany West, MPH, is an epidemiologist with the Transportation Safety Team, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. She works to prevent motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths among vulnerable populations including children, older adults, and minorities.

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Lindsey Womack

Lindsay S. Womack, PhD, MPH

Health Scientist, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team

Lindsay Womack, PhD, MPH, serves as a health scientist on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team, in the Division of Injury Prevention. Her work focuses on understanding the public health burden, prevention, and long-term effects of TBI.

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