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JHCIRP: 25 Years

Celebrating Silver,
Reaching for Gold:
25 Years of Injury
Research and Policy

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Regionalized Trauma Care
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Domestic Violence
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Global Injury
Surviving Trauma
Cost of Injury
Injury Disparities
Safer Driving
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Our Leadership

Andrea Carlson Gielen, ScD, ScM is the current director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy and Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Society. Dr. Gielen's research interests are in the development and evaluation of community- and clinic-based programs that address health behavior problems affecting women and children, primarily among low-income families in urban areas. The application of behavioral sciences to childhood injury control and domestic violence prevention programs, and the relationship between violence and HIV risk are areas of special focus.

Jon Vernick, JD, MPH is the current deputy director of the Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management.  Mr. Vernick's research focus has been on the use of law and legal interventions to further public health and injury prevention goals.  He has concentrated on the ways in which science, law, regulation and litigation can work together to reduce the incidence and severity of injuries, particularly those caused by firearms, motor vehicles and other consumer products. 

Keshia M. Pollack, PhD, MPH, is the current associate director of Training and Education for the Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Pollack oversees the Center’s Training and Education Core, which includes on-campus and online instruction geared towards University students, practicing professionals, researchers, and the public. Dr. Pollack’s research uses injury epidemiology, health policy, and health impact assessment to advance policies that create safe and healthy environments where people, particularly the most vulnerable, live, work, play, and travel. She applies these methods to the prevention of injuries related to occupation, obesity, sports and recreation, physical activity, transportation, and the built environment.

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, serves as the Associate Director for Outreach at the Center, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. At the School of Public Health, she also co-directs the Center for Implementation Research. Dr. Frattaroli is a public health policy researcher with twenty years of experience in the field of injury prevention. She specializes in using qualitative research methods to study injury prevention policy and program implementation. Over the years, Dr. Frattaroli's work has included contributions to fire prevention, domestic violence prevention, and home safety. In 2009, Dr. Frattaroli received the President’s Award from SAVIR for her professional service contributions.

History of Leadership

Andrea C. Gielen, ScD, ScM
Current Director
2006 - Present

Ellen J. McKenzie, PhD, MSc

Steve Teret, JD, MPH

Sue Baker, MPH, ScD (Hon.)
Founding Director



What people are saying


Fire Safety

“Being so close to Maryland, I knew Johns Hopkins was a great hospital but I never knew it had the same caliber of researchers until we started to work with the team from the Injury Center,” said Steve Austin, past-president of the Delaware Volunteer Fire Association (DVFA).


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