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Spokesperson Portfolio - Debra E. Houry, MD, MPH

Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Video: Sexual Violence Prevention and Public Health

Dr. Debra E. Houry is leading CDC’s Injury Center’s charge in preventing unintentional injury and violence. Being on the frontline as an emergency physician, she knows injuries and deaths due to injury and violence are preventable and in many cases predictable. Equally important, Dr. Houry understands the strain injury and violence can have on families, communities and health systems. As a wife, mother and daughter of aging parents, she has constant personal reminders of the importance of creating safe spaces for all ages to live well and thrive.


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Current Position

  • Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control


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Past Positions

  • Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and health Education, Rollins School of Public Health
  • Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health
  • Director, Center for Injury Control, Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health
  • Attending Physician, Emergency Department at Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital
  • President, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • President, Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research
  • Faculty Director, Academic Leadership Program, Office of the Provost, Emory University


  • Tulane University School of Public Health, M.P.H
  • Tulane School of Medicine, M.D.
  • Emory University, B.S.  Biology

Honors and Awards

  • Linda Saltzman Intimate Partner Violence Research Award, Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle Award-Top 40 under 40
  • We Are Emory –100 Community Builders
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Violence Prevention Partnership Researcher Award
  • Mary Lynn Morgan Lecturer in Women’s Health
  • Jay Drotman Award, American Public Health Association
  • Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellow
  • Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Researcher Award
  • Leadership Atlanta

  • Houry D, Florence C, Baldwin G, Stevens J, McClure R. (2015) The CDC Injury Center’s Response to the Growing Public Health Problem of Falls Among Older Adults. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, doi:10.1177/1559827615600137.
  • Sumner SA, Mercy JA, Dahlberg LL, Hillis SD, Klevens J, Houry D. (2015). Violence in the United States: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities. Journal of the American Medical Association, 314(5):478-88.
  • Baldwin GT, Houry D. (2015). Getting Everyone to Buckle Up on Every Trip: What More Can Be Done? Annals of Internal Medicine, 163(3):234-5.
  • Hankin A, Haley L, Baugher A, Colbert K, Houry D. (2015). Kiosk versus in-person screening for alcohol and drug use in the emergency department: patient preferences and disclosure. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 16(2):220-8.
  • Choo EK, Houry DE. (2015). Managing intimate partner violence in the emergency department. Annals Emergency Medicine, 65(4):447-451.
  • Ranney ML, Locci N, Adams EJ, Betz M, Burmeister DB, Corbin T, Dalawari P, Jacoby JL, Linden J, Purtle J, North C, Houry DE. (2014). Gender-specific research on mental illness in the emergency department: current knowledge and future directions. Academy of Emergency Medicine, 21(12):1395-402.
  • Rothbaum BO, Kearns MC, Reiser E, Davis JS, Kerley KA, Rothbaum AO, Mercer KB, Price M, Houry D, Ressler KJ.(2014). Early intervention following trauma may mitigate genetic risk for PTSD in civilians: a pilot prospective emergency department study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 75(12):1380-7.
  • Houry D, Swahn MH, Hankin A. (2014). Social media, public scholarship, and injury prevention. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 15(5):565-6.
  • Hankin A, Wei S, Foreman J, Houry D. (2014). Screening for violence risk factors identifies young adults at risk for return emergency department visit for injury. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 15(5):609-14.
  • Mathew AE, Houry D, Dente CJ, Salomone JP. (2014). Texting while driving: does the new law work among healthcare providers? Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 15(5):604-8.
  • Fincher D, VanderEnde K, Colbert K, Houry D, Smith LS, Yount KM. (2015). Effect of face-to-face interview versus computer-assisted self-interview on disclosure of intimate partner violence among African American women in WIC clinics. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(5):818-38.
  • Price M, Kearns M, Houry D, Rothbaum BO. (2014). Emergency department predictors of posttraumatic stress reduction for trauma-exposed individuals with and without an early intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(2):336-41.
  • Hankin A, Meagley B, Wei SC, Houry D. (2013). Prevalence of Exposure to Risk Factors for Violence among Young Adults Seen in an Inner-City Emergency Department. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 14(4):303-8.