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 Unintentional Injury Prevention

Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH, is the Director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. He has served in this capacity since September 2008.

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Mick Ballesteros

Mick Ballesteros, PhD

Branch Chief, Statistics Programming and Economics Branch

Dr. Mick Ballesteros is the Branch Chief for the Statistics Programming and Economics Branch in the Injury Centers’ Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration. Dr. Ballesteros leads work on injury and data surveillance systems, including the Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS).

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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, 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, Home and Recreation Team

Gwen Bergen serves as a Behavioral Scientist on the Home and Recreation Team in the Division of Unintentional 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 Unintentional 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

Elizabeth Burns is a health scientist within the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center.

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Alex E. Crosby, MD, MPH

Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of the Director, Division of Violence Prevention

Alex Crosby, MD, MPH, is the Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention in 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

Health Scientist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Jill Daughtery, PhD, is a Health Scientist on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team in the Division of Unintentional 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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Lara DePadila

Lara (Lace) DePadilla, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Traumatic Brain Injury Team

Lara (Lace) DePadilla, PhD, is a Behavioral Scientist on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. She currently works in the area of TBI, developing a national surveillance system with a specific focus on youth sports- and recreation-related TBIs.

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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 Unintentional Injury Prevention

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

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Mark Faul

Mark Faul, PhD, MA

Senior Health Scientist

Mark Faul, PhD, MA is a Senior Health Scientist at the Injury Center. His focus areas include Emergency Medical Service (EMS) response activities, drug overdose, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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Corine Ferdon

Corinne Ferdon, PhD

Deputy Associate Director for Science

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

Health Economics and Policy Research Team Lead, Statistics Programming and Economics Branch

Dr. Curtis Florence is the Health Economics and Policy Research Team Lead for the Statistics Programming and Economics Branch in the Injury Center’s Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration. 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

Senior Health Economist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

AGery Guy, PhD, MPH is a senior health economist on the Health Systems Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. His work at CDC has been focused on opioid prescribing in the United States, the impact of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and the impact of policies and interventions on prescription opioid and heroin overdoses.

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Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD

Senior Health Scientist on the 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 Unintentional 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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Amelia Jewett

Amelia (Amy) Jewett, MPH

Epidemiologist, Transportation Safety Team

Amy Jewett, 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. Her research interests include drugged driving, teen driving and bicycle safety.

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Christopher Jones

Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH

Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy and Innovation

Dr. Christopher Jones currently serves as Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Injury Center. 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 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, Home and Recreation Team

Robin Lee, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and the Team Lead for the Home and Recreation Team within the Home, Recreation and Transportation Branch, Division of Unintentional Injuries 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.

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Jan L. Losby

Jan L. Losby, PhD, MSW

Team Lead, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Jan L. Losby, PhD, MSW is a behavioral scientist and serves as the team lead for the Opioid Overdose Health Systems Team, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center.

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Karin Mack

Karin Mack, PhD

Associate Director for Science, Division of Analysis, Research, and Practice Integration

Karin Mack, PhD, is the Associate Director for Science (ADS) for the Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration at the Injury Center.

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Angela Marr

Angela Marr, MPH

Branch Chief, Practice Integration and Evaluation Branch, Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration

Angela Marr, MPH, is the Branch Chief of the Practice Integration and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration at the Injury Center.

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Greta Massetti

Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH/strong>

Senior Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention

Dr. Greta Massetti is a senior scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the CDC, where she 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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Melissa Merrick

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD

Senior Epidemiologist, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, is a Senior Epidemiologist with the Surveillance Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Her major research interests focus on the etiology, surveillance, course, and prevention of child maltreatment.

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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

Epidemiologist, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention

Alexis Peterson, PhD, is an Epidemiologist on the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. As an epidemiologist, 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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Katie Ports

Katie A. Ports, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention

Katie Ports, PhD, is a Behavioral Scientist for the Research and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Injury Center. Dr. Ports is CDC’s subject matter expert on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). As a behavioral scientist, she provides scientific leadership and assistance to external and internal research and evaluation projects focused on preventing ACEs.

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Judy Qualters

Judith Qualters

Director of the Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration

Dr. Judith (Judy) R. Qualters is the Director of the Division of Analysis, Research and Practice Integration at the Injury Center. 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

Senior Health Economist

Wesley Sargent, EdD, EdS, MA serves as a health scientist for the Opioid Overdose Health Systems Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention 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 Prevention for States (OPIS) initiative.

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Kelly Sarmiento, MPH

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH

Public Health Advisor

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH, serves as a public health advisor in the Division of Unintentional 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 Unintentional 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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Ruth Shults

Ruth Shults, PhD, MPH

Senior Epidemiologist, Transportation Safety Team

Ruth Shults, PhD, MPH, is a senior epidemiologist on the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Injury Center. Her area of concentration is motor vehicle crash prevention.

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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 Violence Prevention

Deborah M. Stone is a Behavioral Scientist with the Research and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at the 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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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 Unintentional 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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