ScD, Johns Hopkins University, 1989
My research interests are in the development and evaluation of community and clinic-based health promotion programs for women and children, primarily with low-income families in urban areas. The application of behavioral sciences to preventing childhood injury and violence against women is my specialty area. Injury problems of particular interest are those related to the home (fires, burns, infant safe sleep), substance use (opioid poisoning), and motor vehicles (occupant, bicycles, pedestrians).
Current research focuses on using mobile apps to communicate effective injury prevention messages as part of a comprehensive program; creating new pill dispensers to prevent diversion of prescription medications; identifying effective sexual assault prevention programming on college campuses; and conducting intervention trials that promote infant safe sleep practices, informed decision making about opioid prescribing, and home and motor vehicle safety for children.
Honors and Awards
Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award, CDC Foundation, 2015
Distinguished Career Award, American Public Health Association, ICEHS Section, 2015
American Public Health Association, Award for Excellence, 2013
American Academy of Health Behavior, 2012 Research Laureate
Named one of“20 for 20” Distinguished Leaders in Injury Prevention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012
Faculty Senate President, 2010
Society for Advancement of Injury and Violence Research (SAVIR) President, 2010
Environmental Justice Partnership, Award in Recognition of Addressing Environmental Health Concerns in Urban Communities, 2009
Home Safety Research Award from the Home Safety Council, 2008
Distinguished Career Award, American Public Health Association, PHEHP Section, 2002
Early Career Award, American Public Health Association, PHEHP Section, 1990.
Delta Omega, National Honorary Public Health Society, Alpha Chapter, 1989.
Sigma Xi, Honorary Scientific Research Society, Johns Hopkins University Chapter, 1989.