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Carolyn Fowler, PhD

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525 N. Wolfe Street, Room 442
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, University of Cape Town


Dr. Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler, is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and joint appointed to the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Mid Atlantic Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC). Dr. Fowler has conducted research into traumatic brain injury in children; child pedestrian injury; psycho-social outcomes from bicycle-related head injury in children; recreational injury; penetrating eye injury; and outcomes from maxillo-facial injury; as well as design and evaluation of community efforts to reduce sleep environment related death in infants. Her current research focuses on healthy work environment, safety culture, and leadership development in nursing. Evaluative thinking and workforce skills development are two themes that connect all Dr. Fowler's practice, teaching, and research. Specifically, this involves using evaluation, evaluative thinking, and qualitative inquiry in the design, implementation, and evaluation of graduate education, hospital-based and public health programs at the local level, and the development of organizational and community capacity for assets-focused solution-finding.

Dr. Fowler, an award-winning educator, has been Faculty Director for the Johns Hopkins Summer Institute "Principles and Practice of Injury Prevention" since 1999; she also developed and teaches the MAPHTC's public health core competency training series. Active in local and national training initiatives, Dr. Fowler has served as Professional Development Chair for the Safe States Alliance; and on the National Advisory Committee for Child Death Review, the Maryland Injury Prevention Partnership Advisory Board, the Maryland State Child Death Review Team, Baltimore County Child Death Review Team, and as Chair of both the Advisory Committee for Injury Prevention and Control at CDC, and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at CDC.

She is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society, and is a past president of the Alpha Chapter at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg SPH.

Honors and Awards


Captain Hare Medal, 1980

Groote Schuur Hospital Gold Medal, 1980.

Cape Province Bursary, 1981

South African Nursing Council Gold Medal, 1981

Anna M. Latsky Award of the South African Nursing Council, 1981 - awarded to the graduating student who placed first in the country in final professional (board) examinations for General Nursing & Midwifery or General Nursing & Psychiatry.

Inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society (Nu Beta Chapter) 2015

OTHER AWARDS (selected) The South African Road Traffic Safety Award, 1990 - awarded by the Department of Transportation and the National Road Safety Council, South Africa, for "excellent services and contributions to Road Traffic Safety".

The Bronte-Stewart Doctoral Research Prize, 1992, University of Cape Town.

Inducted to the Delta Omega National Public Health Honors Society (Alpha Chapter), May 1996

The Ellen R Schmidt Award - awarded by the State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association, 2006

President's Award - Safe Satates Alliance 2009

Golden Apple Award (small class size) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2013

Safe States Alliance Ellen R. Schmidt Award (co-awardees Susan P. Baker and Andrea C. Gielen) in recognition of the national impact of the Johns Hopkins Summer Institute: Principles and Practice of Injury Prevention, June 2013.

  • Evaluation
  • Program Design and Implementation
  • Injury Prevention
  • Public Health Training
  • Workforce Development
  • Leadership
  • Work environment
  • Service Learning
  • Adult Education
  • Community Programs
  • Capacity
  • Child Death Review
  • Infant Sleep Safety
  • Nursing
  • Public Health Nursing

Selected publications

  • Krugman, S.D., Cumpsty-Fowler, C.J. (2015). Parental advice: given perhaps, but not received. Pediatrics 136 (2): e-490-491.
  • Cumpsty-Fowler, C.J., Kahan, S. (2014) Chapter 5: Planning programs for health behavior change in populations. In: Kahan, S., Gielen, A.C., Green, L.W. (Eds) Health Behavior Change in Populations: The State of the Evidence and Roles for Key Stakeholders, Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Fowler CJ. Injury Prevention (Chapter 6). In: Trauma Nursing: From Resuscitation Through Rehabilitation: Fourth Edition. McQuillan KA, Makic MBF, and Whalen, E (eds). W.B. Saunders Company; 2009.
  • Mackenzie EJ, Fowler CJ. Epidemiology of Injury. In: Trauma: Sixth Edition. Feliciano, Mattox, and Moore (eds). New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2008.
  • Mallonee S, Fowler CJ, Istre GR. Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice: A Continuing Challenge. Injury Prevention 12: 357-359, 2006.