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Center for Injury Research and Policy

External Advisory Board  

Professionals from clinical, policy and practice backgrounds who help to ensure that the Center’s work is relevant to a variety of important stakeholder groups. External Advisory Board members represent a variety of disciplines and injury topics that are priorities for the Center. 

Meredith K. (Meri-K) Appy, BA

President, Appy & Associates

Meredith Appy is an internationally recognized leader in fire and life safety education with a proven track record in leading organizations and teams to execute high-impact injury prevention initiatives. As president of the Home Safety Council, she spearheaded the first national nonprofit focusing on home safety in the United States and built a network of more than 3,000 fire and life safety leaders to deliver lifesaving messages to their communities. She created hands-on, affordable educational tools and training systems to enable fire and life safety advocates to deliver and evaluate prevention programs at local, state and national levels. Throughout her career she has secured more than $35 million in funding for fire and life safety programs and general operations through major corporate sponsorships and successful grant applications.

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M. Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES

Chief Executive Officer, Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

Elaine Auld is the chief executive officer of SOPHE, the only independent, nonprofit professional organization representing behavioral scientists and health education specialists in all settings. She oversees SOPHE's portfolio of professional publications, meetings, cooperative agreements and advocacy. She has spent some 30 years working in health education, with publications and interests related to credentialing and standards, workforce development, public policy and health equity. Working with the CDC, she instituted the SOPHE/CDC Fellowship in Injury Prevention in 1998, which continues to annually fund graduate students’ pursuit of injury projects and interventions. Auld has received numerous honors, including the American Public Health Association’s Judith R. Miller Award (2003) and Sarah Mazelis Award (2007), SOPHE’s Distinguished Fellow Award (2008) and The University of Michigan School of Public Health Alumna of the Year Award (2010).

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Joyce Dantzler, MS, MCHES

Chief of Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention, Maryland Department of Health (MDH)

Joyce Dantzler is responsible for providing leadership, direction and overall management to a number of statewide health education and health promotion initiatives including those in rape and sexual assault prevention, transportation safety and core injury, including fall prevention initiatives. Prior to assuming her current role in July 2012, Dantzler served as the deputy director of the Center for Health Promotion, also at MDH, for more than 20 years. She has worked on legislation designed to improve child passenger safety, collaborated with other state and local agencies on training and education programs for professionals, and networked with state and national organizations that address issues of violence against women. She currently serves as a CDC designated Regional Network Leader for injury prevention for Health and Human Services Regions three and five. 


Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN

Executive Director, Defense Health Horizons

Linda Degutis is the executive director of Defense Health Horizons, sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and based at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Degutis oversees the policy analysis to address challenging issues including military women’s health and pain care in the military health system. Previously, Degutis was director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC. Prior to that, she was on the faculty of Yale University’s Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Department of Environmental Health at the School of Public Health, where she was director of the Research Division in Emergency Medicine. She also served as director of the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness. Degutis has held multiple leadership roles in state and national organizations, including past president of the American Public Health Association.


MaryAnn Dutton, PhD, MA 

Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Hospital

MaryAnn Dutton is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the area of intimate partner violence and other forms of interpersonal violence. She is active as a researcher, consultant, educator and forensic expert. As a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, she is currently involved in research focusing on interpersonal trauma and low-income and minority women’s health and mental health issues. Dutton is principal investigator on several federally-funded studies focusing on longitudinal patterns of coping, health outcomes, revictimization and coercive control among women who have been in recent violent and abusive relationships. Dutton is working to develop community-based, low-cost, accessible and culturally competent interventions for such traumatic experiences. Dutton has trained audiences of lawyers, judges, advocates and health professionals concerning physical violence and sexual assault.


Susan S. Gallagher, MPH

Assistant Professor and Director, Tufts MS Program in Health Communication, Tufts University School of Medicine

Susan Gallagher is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of child and adolescent injury prevention, community-based intervention trials and in capacity-building for injury prevention in the public and private sectors. Some of her recent projects have focused on addressing risk factors, injuries and preventive interventions focused on traffic safety and on Latino populations; improving traffic safety materials for that population; creating guidelines for developing culturally competent traffic safety materials for Hispanics; examining the legal liability costs associated with school injury; evaluating community-based traffic safety and suicide prevention programs; and assessing the sustainability and visibility of injury and violence prevention programs in state health agencies.

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Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP

Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Director, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Allen Heinemann is the director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, a rehabilitation-focused research unit that measures the impact of medical rehabilitation over the long term in patients with disabilities. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the institute the “Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America” every year since 1991. He is also a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He serves on the board of directors for the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology. Heinemann has also collaborated with the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

Michael J. Mello, MD, MPH, FACEP

Director, Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University School of Public Health

Michael Mello is a practicing board-certified emergency medicine physician with 28 years of clinical experience. As director of the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital for the past 18 years, Mello has been active in creating partnerships with state health departments, community groups and other health providers to increase their attention to injury and violence prevention. His research has focused on behavioral change interventions to decrease injury recidivism. He has previously held national leadership positions in the field, including national president of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) and national president of the board of directors for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids.

John A. Morris, Jr., MD

Professor of Surgery, Associate Chief of Staff, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Chief Medical Officer, Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

John Morris has a demonstrated interest in the organization and implementation of trauma systems on local, regional and national levels. He received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, following the completion of a trauma and burn fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco, and joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in 1984. Morris has served as medical director of emergency medical services for the State of Tennessee and the ambulance service of the Nashville Fire Department, and as chairman of the Tennessee Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. As an educator, Morris has supervised the establishment of the surgical critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Morris has co-authored more than 150 peer reviewed manuscripts and 27 book chapters. In addition, Morris has served as co-principal investigator on 5 government grants and supervised more than 50 clinical trials.

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Mark R. Rosekind, PhD

Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox, Inc.

Mark Rosekind joined the executive team at Zoox, Inc., as the chief safety innovation officer in April 2017. He leads efforts at Zoox to safely develop, test and deploy autonomous vehicles. Prior to Zoox, Rosekind was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the fifteenth Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), serving from 2014 to 2017. Before becoming NHTSA Administrator, he was appointed by President Obama and served as the fortieth member of the National Transportation Safety Board from 2010 to 2014.

Modena Hoover Wilson, MD, MPH

Health & Science Officer Emerita, American Medical Association

Modena Hoover Wilson, an academic generalist pediatrician also trained in public health, retired from her position as Senior Vice President and Chief Health & Science Officer at the American Medical Association in 2019.  Previously, Wilson was professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and then served as Director of the Department of Committees and Sections at the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has broad experience in injury control research and policy. 

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