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Leadership and Expert Bios

The Injury Center Leadership and Expert Bio section provides information for journalists on CDC Injury Center experts who often speak to the press. While this is not an exhaustive list of the CDC employees available for interviews, this page provides an opportunity to learn more about our leaders and experts. Please call our press contact at (770) 488-4902 if you would like to interview one of our experts. If you are interested in finding an expert to speak at your organization's event, please contact the CDC Speakers Bureau.

Sandra AlexanderSandra P. Alexander, MEd

Expert Consultant, Division of Violence Prevention

Sandra P. Alexander, MEd, provides leadership for CDC’s child maltreatment prevention initiatives, including Essentials for Childhood, and represents CDC on other national child maltreatment initiatives. Sandra also serves as a spokesperson for CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention’s work with partners.

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.

 


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).

 


Kathlen Basile

Kathleen C. Basile, PhD

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team

Kathleen C. Basile, PhD, serves as the Lead Behavioral Scientist of the Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team in the Research and Evaluation Branch of CDC’s Injury Center. She is responsible for providing leadership, mentoring, and scientific oversight to an interdisciplinary team of scientists, project officers, fellows, and contractors.

 


Laurie Beck, MPH

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 (DUIP) at the Injury Center. Her research interests include seat belt use and pedestrian safety.

 


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 (DUIP) 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.

 


Holly Billie

Holly Billie, MPH

Injury Prevention Specialist, Transportation Safety Team

Captain Holly Billie serves as an Injury Prevention Specialist on the Transportation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. She is responsible for programs and projects related to transportation safety for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

 


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 (DUIP) 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.

 


Elizabeth Burns

Elizabeth Burns, MPH

Health Scientist

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

Image Not AvailavleAlex E. Crosby, MD, MPH

Branch Chief, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Alex Crosby, MD, MPH, is the Branch Chief of the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the Injury Center.

  Linda DahlbergLinda 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 (DVP) within CDC’s 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.

 


  Ann DellingerAnn 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 (DUIP) 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.

 


Lara DePadilaLara (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 (DUIP) 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.

Corine Ferdon

Corinne Ferdon, PhD

Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention

Corinne Ferdon, PhD, is the Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention) within the Office of the Director of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s 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.

 


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.

 


Beverly Fortson, PhD

Beverly L. Fortson, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Research and Evaluation Branch

Beverly L. Fortson, PhD, currently works as a behavioral scientist on the Child Maltreatment and Sexual Violence Team in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s Injury Center.

Commander Julie Gilchrist, MDCaptain Julie Gilchrist, MD

Medical Epidemiologist, Home and Recreation Team

Captain Julie Gilchrist, MD, is a pediatrician and medical epidemiologist with the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. She is responsible for research and programs in drowning prevention and water safety promotion, sports and recreation-related injury prevention, and other issues that primarily affect children, including choking, suffocation, ingestions and playground injuries. Additionally, she leads the effort to educate clinicians regarding effective strategies to prevent falls among older adults (i.e., CDC’s STEADI program).

 


Arlene Greenspan, DrPH, MS, MPHArlene 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 (OADS) in 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.

Juliet Haarbauer-KrupaJuliet 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 (DUIP) at the Injury Center. 

 


  Diane HalDiane M. Hall, PhD, MSED

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Prevention Practice and Translation Branch

Diane M. Hall, PhD, MSED, is a lead behavioral scientist with the Prevention Practice and Translation Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at CDC’s Injury Center.

 


Image Not AvailavleDeborah Hastings, MD, MS

Medical Epidemiologist, Older Adult Fall Prevention Team

Lieutenant Commander Deborah Hastings, MD is an internal medicine physician and medical epidemiologist on the Older Adult Fall Prevention Team of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at the Injury Center. She currently works on improving the ability for clinicians to conduct fall risk screening and assessments by collaborating on projects to implement the Stopping Elderly Adults Deaths and Injuries (STEADI) initiative with healthcare, academic, and government partners.

 


Debra HouryDebra Houry, MD, MPH

Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at CDC

Dr. Houry leads innovative research and science-based programs to prevent injuries and violence and to reduce their consequences. She has received several national awards for her work in the field of injury and violence prevention.

Amelia JewettAmelia (Amy) Jewett, MPH

Epidemiologist, Transportation Safety Team

Amy Jewett, MPH, is an epidemiologist with the Transportation Safety Team, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. She works to prevent motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths. Her research interests include drugged driving, teen driving and bicycle safety.

Joanne KlevensJoanne Klevens, MD, PhD, MPH

Epidemiologist, Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team

Joanne Klevens, MD, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the Injury Center. She provides technical assistance to colleagues, programs, and grantees on research methodology; evaluation; prevention of child abuse and neglect, sexual violence, partner violence, and youth violence; and addressing social determinants of health.

Robin Lee, PhD, MPHRobin 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 Home, Recreation and Transportation Branch, Division of Unintentional Injuries (DUIP) 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.

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 (DARPI) at CDC’s Injury Center.

 


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 CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

 


Melissa Mercado

Melissa C. Mercado, PhD, MSc, MA

Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention

Melissa Mercado, PhD, MSc, MA is a behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at CDC’s Injury Center.

 


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.

 

 


Melissa Merrick

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD

Behavioral Scientist, Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, is a behavioral scientist with the Surveillance Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s Injury Center.

Erin M. Parker, PhDErin M. Parker, PhD

Health Scientist, Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch

Lieutenant Commander Erin Parker, PhD, serves as a Health Scientist in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) in the Injury Center. As a member of the Home, Recreation, and Transportation Branch, she works on projects related to child injury, older adult falls, fires/burns, and drowning. She also provides oversight and technical assistance for DUIP’s global road safety projects.

Judy Qualters

Judith Qualters, PhD

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 (DARPI) at the Injury Center. Dr. Qualters has extensive experience leading public health surveillance, research, and state prevention programs.

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH

Health Communications Specialist, Home and Recreation Safety Team

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH, serves as a health communications specialist on the Home and Recreation Safety Team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) at CDC’s Injury Center. She is responsible for leading the HEADS UP program, which is a series of educational initiatives that all have a common goal: to help protect people of all ages, especially children and teens, from concussions and other serious brain injuries and their potentially devastating effects.

 


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 (DUIP) at CDC’s Injury Center. She is responsible for overseeing all of CDC’s transportation safety activities which includes motor vehicle injury prevention, a CDC winnable battle.

 


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 (DUIP) at CDC’s Injury Center. Her area of concentration is motor vehicle crash prevention.

 


Tom Simon

Thomas R. Simon, PhD

Branch Chief (Acting), Surveillance Branch, Division of Violence Prevention

Thomas Simon, PhD, is the Acting Branch Chief of the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at CDC’s Injury Center. As the Acting Branch Chief, he provides leadership, planning, and guidance to Division management and staff on scientific policy, research methodology, and priorities for research activities.

  Bethany WestBethany West, MPH

Epidemiologist, Transportation Safety Team

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

 


Dana WaltzmanDana 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 (DUIP) at the Injury Center. Her work focuses on understanding the public health burden, prevention, and long-term effects of TBI.

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