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Center for Injury Research and Policy

Leadership Team

Faculty who are responsible for key functions related to the day-to-day operations of the Center.

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD ’99, MPH ’94, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management


Shannon Frattaroli is a public health policy researcher with 20 years of experience in the field of injury prevention. As the Director of the Center, Dr. Frattaroli leads and manages all Center operations. Frattaroli specializes in using qualitative research methods to study injury prevention policy and program implementation. Her work includes contributions to fire prevention, domestic violence prevention and home safety, among other topics. In 2009, Frattaroli received the President’s Award from the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) for her professional service contributions, and in 2016 she was elected to serve as president of the organization. At the School of Public Health, she also co-directs the Center for Implementation Research. 

Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH ’06, Professor, Health Policy and Management

Director of Research

Keshia Pollack Porter oversees the Center’s research work, which advances the scholarly enterprise of the Center by supporting rigorous and innovative injury research that can be translated into effective solutions to the devastating and costly problem of injuries in our society. Pollack Porter’s research informs policies that create safe and healthy environments where people live, work, play and travel, with an emphasis on policies that address the social determinants of health. Pollack Porter also directs the School’s Institute for Health and Social Policy. In 2014, she was named one of 50 “Women to Watch” in Maryland.  

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Jon Vernick, JD, MPH ’94, Professor, Health Policy and Management

Director of Training and Education

Jon Vernick's research has focused on the use of law and legal interventions to further public health and injury prevention goals. As director of the Center’s training and education, Vernick oversees the portfolio of teaching, continuing education, practicum and innovations in learning opportunities for students, practitioners and academic researchers. He has authored or co-authored more than 125 journal articles and book chapters, with an emphasis on injuries caused by motor vehicles, firearms and other consumer products. Vernick is the lead instructor for courses on Issues in Injury and Violence Prevention and Public Health and the Law, and directs the Certificate Program in Injury and Violence Prevention. He is also associate chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management and associate chair of the School-wide MPH program. In addition, he co-directs the School’s Center for Law and the Public’s Health. In 2013, Vernick received the Public Service Award from APHA’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section. 

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Vanya Jones, PhD ’06, MPH, Associate Professor

Director of Outreach

Vanya Jones’ research explores psychosocial and environmental factors related to injury in vulnerable populations including children, adolescents and older adults. She designs interventions to reduce the burden of injury on high-risk populations. 

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Wendy Shields, PhD, MPH ’96, Associate Scientist, Health Policy and Management

Associate Director for Core Integration

Wendy Shields received her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1996, and is a core faculty member of both the Center and the School’s Center for American Indian Health. She is a public health and health policy researcher with expertise in housing;  health literacy and child injury prevention. Shields is actively engaged in teaching and providing technical assistance for American Indian tribes working to reduce injuries. In her role at the Center, Shields provides support to the core directors and to the overall efficient and effective functioning of the Center. 

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Eileen McDonald, MS, Senior Scientist, Health, Behavior and Society

Associate Director for Translation

Eileen McDonald’s research interests are found at the intersection of health education, health communication and injury control. She directs the master of science in public health program in health education and health communication, and she oversees the Center’s home injury and child injury prevention efforts. In her role at the Center, McDonald facilitates and manages the Center’s external communications.

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