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Andrea Gielen, ScD

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 554
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Andrea Gielen

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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.

  • Health Behavior Change
  • Health Policy
  • Intervention Research
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Communication
  • Injury Prevention
  • Child/Maternal Health
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Prevention Research
  • Evaluation

Recent publications (out of > 200)

  • Omaki E, Castillo R, Eden K, Davis S, McDonald E, Murtaza U, Gielen A. My Healthy Choices Decision Aid Study Team. Using m-health tools to reduce the misuse of opioid pain relievers. Inj Prev. 2017 Apr 6. pii:Injury Prevention -2017-042319. [Epub ahead ofprint] PubMed PMID: 28385954.
  • McDonald EM, Davani A, Price A, Mahoney P, Shields W, Musci RJ, Solomon BS, Stuart EA, Gielen AC. Health education intervention promoting infant safe sleep in paediatric primary care: randomised controlled trial. Inj Prev. 2017 Sep 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28939661.
  • Nesoff ED, Pollack KM, Knowlton AR, Bowie JV, Gielen AC. Local vs. national: Epidemiology of pedestrian injury in a mid-Atlantic city. Traffic Inj Prev. 2018 Jan 17:1-6. . [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29341801.
  • Gielen AC, Frattaroli S, Pollack KM, Peek-Asa C, Yang JG. How the science of injury prevention contributes to advancing home fire safety in the USA: successes and opportunities. Inj Prev. 2018 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29483239.
  • Gielen AC, Bishai DM, Omaki E, Shields WC, McDonald EM, Rizutti NC, Case J, Stevens MW, Aitken ME, Results of an RCT in Two Pediatric Emergency Departments to Evaluate the Efficacy of an m-Health Educational App on Car Seat Use. Am J Prev Med, 2018, April 9 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Infant Safe Sleep Intervention Trial