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JHCIRP: 25 Years

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Where Our Graduates GoOur former doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows have gone on to accomplish great things in various professional, applied, research, and academic positions. Please take a look at the following profiles of some of our most exceptional students to get a sense of their career trajectory once graduating from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

2014

Sterling Haring, MPH
Injury Prevention Policy

Sterling Haring is a student at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Sterling received his MPH with a concentration in Health Systems and Policy under his academic advisor Jon Vernick, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. While at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sterling worked alongside Vernick and policy professor and Center associate director Shannon Frattaroli to develop a multifaceted approach to support booster seat legislation in Florida. Utilizing a widely distributed communication tool, statistical analyses, and a large network of supporters, Haring’s strategy helped to pass the bill in June of 2014.

As an MPH student, Sterling was also involved in injury research with the Center for Surgical Trials and Outcome Research (CSTOR). His projected included epidemiologic trends in traumatic brain injury (TBI) morbidity and mortality among older adults, sports-related TBI in teens, sports-related ocular injury in teens, and the policy efforts to reduce those injuries. Haring now plans to complete a two-year fellowship at the Harvard Center for Surgery and Public Health with a focus on developing quality metrics for policy interventions in healthcare.

2013David Swedler, MPH, PhD
Occupational Injury Prevention

Dr. David Swedler is a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard-Liberty Mutual Program in Occupational Safety and Health co-sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. Dr. Swedler received his PhD in the Department of Health Policy and Management as a NIOSH doctoral fellow in occupational injury epidemiology and prevention studying under his academic advisor Dr. Keshia Pollack. As a PhD student at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Swedler led studies of occupational homicides of law enforcement officers and distracted driving in commercial truck drivers.

The Harvard-Liberty Mutual partnership trains postdoctoral researchers in ergonomics, occupational safety, occupational injury epidemiology, or work-related injury disability and return to work. Under mentorship from senior research staff at both institutions, Dr. Swedler is conducting research on occupational safety climate, falls, workplace violence, and environmental effects on motor vehicle crashes.

Greg Tung, MPH, PhD
Injury Prevention Policy

Gregory Tung is an assistant professor in the Health Systems, Management Policy Department and the Pediatric Injury Prevention Education and Research Program at the Colorado School of Public Health. Greg received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and an MPH and PhD from the Health Policy and Management Department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While at Hopkins, he was associated with the Center for Injury Research and Policy and was advised by the Center’s Deputy Director, Professor Jon Vernick.

Greg’s research focus is on the translation of scientific evidence into policy and program decision making with an emphasis on injury prevention. He is currently working on a project funded by the state of Colorado to help guide programmatic decision making with the goal of reducing child abuse in the state. Greg is also working with the city of Aurora in Colorado to generate evidence based programmatic recommendations related to youth and gang violence prevention. An additional research focus is the use of health impact assessments (HIA) to make evidence based policy recommendations. Greg recently partnered with Children’s Hospital Colorado to conduct an HIA on what regulations should be put in place to prevent unintentional ingestion of marijuana and marijuana products by children in preparation for Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana.

2012Anna Bradford, PhD
Trauma Systems and Injury Outcomes

Anna Bradford is the Trauma Research Manager at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. Dr. Bradford received her PhD in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University, studying with Dr. Ellen MacKenzie, the former director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy. Dr. Bradford’s primary area of expertise is the experience of trauma patients and families following trauma and during the recovery process, and has been involved in the development of a large multicenter study coordinated by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health focusing on the support of trauma patients and families. At Inova Fairfax Hospital she coordinates the research program in the trauma department, providing guidance on hospital program development as well as research methodology, implementation, and analysis.

2011Whitney Austin Gray, LEED AP, PhD
Sustainable Design and Safety

Whitney Austin Gray is the Health Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, a global healthcare design firm. Overseeing primary and secondary research, prototyping and invention platforms, Whitney works to develop and promote new ideas that will increase the impact of health research and innovation to the design industry and deliver transformative projects to clients. She holds dual appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products that provide a safe and healing environment for patients, family, and staff. She is dedicated to translational and transdisciplinary research that intersects the design and health fields. In this role, Whitney co-founded the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, who hosted the first NIH Healthy Buildings Conference in 2013.

As an undergraduate of the Johns Hopkins University, Whitney took graduate student public health courses and worked as a research assistant at the Center for Injury Research and Policy. This experience inspired her to spend two years volunteering and conducting injury prevention research first in Fukushima, Japan and then Cape Town, South Africa, helping to organize the 2011 World Safety Conference in South Africa. Through the support of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and under the direction of her advisor Dr. Shannon Frattaroli she worked closely with the University of California at Berkeley to develop and implement a survey tool in study the impact of sustainable design strategies on community healthcare workers.

Jennifer Mendel Whitehill, PhD
Adolescent Injury Prevention

Jennifer Whitehill is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Dr. Whitehill has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. As a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, she worked closely with several faculty members at the Center for Injury Research and Policy and Dr. Daniel Webster served as a primary mentor and dissertation advisor. Dr. Whitehill was also inducted into the Delta Omega Honor Society Alpha Chapter.

Dr. Whitehill’s research centers on preventing both intentional and unintentional injuries among adolescents and young adults though development, implementation, and evaluation of novel behavioral approaches grounded in social norms. She uses mixed methods, incorporating qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Dr. Whitehill’s current work focuses on understanding the role of new media technologies such as mobile devices and social networking sites as both a risk factor for injury and possible avenue for injury prevention. Specific areas of focus include substance use, depression, and youth violence.


To view profiles from some of our other exceptional graduates who completed their degree before prior to 2009, click here.

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