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Center for Injury Research and Policy

Exploratory Research Funding


With support from the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), the Center has dedicated resources to support Exploratory Research Projects, which will be awarded annually, depending on available funding. Exploratory research topics should demonstrate a high degree of overlap with the mission of the Center and should address one of NCIPC’s current research priorities. These projects are expected to address one or more of the following:

Eligibility: Full time faculty at any of the Divisions of the Johns Hopkins University are eligible to be the PI. Junior faculty (Assistant Professor, Assistant Scientist, or equivalent) and individuals from historically underrepresented groups, as defined by the National Institutes of Health, will receive preference for funding. Students may be part of a team but cannot serve as the PI or Co-PI.

2020-21 Exploratory Research Funding Awardees

Awardee: Lisa Reider, PhD, Assistant Professor, and Joseph Levy, PhD, Assistant Scientist, Department of Health Policy and Management.  

Lisa R. HeadshotJoe Levy headshotProposal Title: National Estimates of Incidence Trends and Costs due to Injurious Falls among Older Adults 

Project Summary: This study will produce national estimates of injurious falls among older adults using data from the 2008-2017 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) and the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) with a focus on fracture, the most frequent and costly fall-related injury. In addition, it will determine the incremental trajectory of healthcare spending following injurious falls using Medicare Advantage claims data. 

Awardee: Pamela Matson, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Pamela Matson headshotProposal Title: Safety in the age of COVID-19: exploring the implications of COVID-19 safety measures on dating violence, substance use, and injuries among girls and young women in Baltimore City.

Summary: Relationships are a critical context for both dating violence and substance use, two key, interconnected risk factors for injury among adolescent girls and young women. Consequences of COVID-19 safety measures (stay-at-home orders, school closures) uniquely impact adolescents, potentially cutting them off from sources of social support. This project will collect data from adolescent girls and young women at two time points to examine the impact of COVID-19 safety measures on dating violence, substance use, and injuries.

2019-20 Exploratory Research Funding Awardees

Awardee: Johnathon P. Ehsani, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management and Department of Civil and Systems Engineering

Ehsani HeadshotProposed Title: E-scooters, Bikeshare and Rideshare: Helping or Hurting?  A National Survey of Safety Practices and Usage Patterns for New Mobility Products and Services

Project Summary: This proposed project will conduct a national survey to understand the relationship between exposure, trip purpose and prevalence of safety practices by users of new mobility.


Awardee: Terrinieka W. Powell, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Terrinieka W. Powell HeadshotProposed Title: Preventing Injury and Early Substance Use among Youth Affected by Parental Drug Abuse: A Human-Centered Design Approach

Project Summary: This project supports an ongoing research project designed to prevent injury and early substance use among youth affected by parental drug abuse. Young adults affected by parental drug abuse will serve as full partners as we collaboratively develop and conduct component testing of a prevention intervention for this population. This work may ultimately provide life saving strategies to youth who are most susceptible to child injuries and early substance use, but often overlooked.