SOPHE/CDC Injury Prevention Fellowship Recipients, 1999-2018


  • Vivian Hood Lyons, MPH, University of Washington
    Unintentional Injury and Long-Term Opioid Use
  • Marissa H. Swanson, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Improving Child Restraint Installation in Rural America through Interactive Virtual Presence


  • Brandon Horvath, MPH(c), BS, Thomas Jefferson University
    POPPED! Health Education Curriculum: Prescription Overdose Prevention through Pre-Professional Education and Discussion
  • Steven Medeiros, Jr., MD(c), BS, Thomas Jefferson University
    Health Disparity Analysis of Geriatric Fall Injuries in a Multi-Level Trauma System


  • Kathleen Jarrell, MD(c), MPH, Thomas Jefferson University
    Racial, Ethnic and Gender Disparities in Emergency Dept. Management of Concussions in Youth Athletes

SOPHE Annual Meeting moved from fall to spring; no awards made.


  • Elizabeth Nesoff, PhD(c), MPH, Johns Hopkins University
    Alcohol and Pedestrian Injury: Inquiry into Built and Social Environmental Factors
  • Douglas Roehler, PhD(c), MPH, University of Michigan
    Addressing the Effect of Peer Passengers by Comparing Teen and Adult Driver Crash Scenarios in a Nationally Representative Sample of Serious Crashes


  • Amanda Garcia-Williams, PhD(c), Emory University
    Suicide Behavior in College Students and Peers’ Response
  • Shabbar Ranapurwala, PhD(c), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
    Scuba Diving Intervention Study: A Randomized Control Trial


  • Zachary Kerr, PhD(c), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
    Curbing Heat Injury in Adolescent High School Athletes: Implementation and Effectiveness of Pre-Season Heat Acclimatization Strategies in U.S. High School Football Programs
  • Elaine Murphy, PhD(c), Old Dominion University
    Examining the Role of Attachment Theory in Predicting Risky Driving
  • Jiabin Shen, University of Alabama – Birmingham
    Understanding Pediatric Dog-Bite Injuries in Rural China


  • Ashley Brooks, PhD(c), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
    Trajectories of Adolescent Dating Abuse Perpetration and Victimization: the Impact of Pubertal Timing and the Role of Peer Context
  • Oluwatoni Aluko, MPH(c), University of Maryland
    Assessing Medical Student’s Knowledge, Attitude and Beliefs about Screening for IPV in Clinical Settings Using PREMIS


  • Catherine J. Vladutiu, PhD(c), MPH, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
    Motor vehicle crashes and adverse pregnancy outcomes in North Carolina
  • Dorain Lamis, PhD(c), MA, University of South Carolina
    Alcohol use and suicidal behavior among college students: Belongingness and Burdensomeness as Potential Mediators


  • Hilary Harding, B.A., University of Georgia
    Exploring the differences between male and female intimate partner violence
  • Jingyi Li, M.D., M.S., University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Evaluating law enforcement strategies for reducing motorist speeding violations and crash risk
  • Jennifer Piver-Renna, B.S., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Examining the adoption and implementation of brief alcohol interventions in Level I Trauma Centers


  • Michael Stellefson, M.S., Texas A & M University
    Preventing falls in the home through the development of the Self-Administered Fall Evaluation (SAFE) tutorial
  • Heidi Ehrenreich, M.P.H., University of Georgia
    Process evaluation of “Studio 2B,” a Girl Scouts USA initiative aiming to build courage, confidence, abilities and a voice among girls ages 11-17
  • Shagun Sabarwal, M.A., Harvard University
    Examining and identifying patterns of intimate partner violence among women in Nepal


  • Itsumi Kakefuda, M.S.; Colorado State University
    Examine factors associated with bicycle helmet behaviors and attitudes among college students
  • Benyamin Margolis, M.P.H., CHES; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Examine the effects of childhood neglect on adolescents’ perpetration of violence, considering the mediating effects of social bonds
  • Kristie Hebert Martinez, M.S.; Old Dominion University
    Utilizing time perspective to predict risky driving behaviors among college students
  • Elizabeth Ann Reed, M.P.H., CHES; Harvard University School of Public Health
    Examining the relationship between intimate partner violence and other non-intimate forms of violence and perceived context of involvement in street violence among Black men attending urban health care centers
  • Despina Stavrinos, M.A., The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Examine the underlying mechanisms for pedestrian injury risk for children with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder using virtual reality
  • Erin Winterrowd, B.A., Colorado State University
    Exploring the relationship between friendship, social isolation and suicidality among Mexican-American adolescents


  • Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Exploration of moderators and mediators of neighborhood effects on trajectories of violence during adolescence
  • Ying Li, MS, MEd, University of Florida
    Study of college students’ cell-phone use while driving
  • Michelle Price, MEd, University of Texas
    Evaluation of the Texas Driver Responsibility Program and its impact on rates of alcohol-related crash deaths
  • Tracy Witte, BS, Florida State University
    Development of a standardized approach for suicide hotline phone counselors to use when assessing suicide lethalityHonorable Mentions:
    • Nagesh Borse, MS, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Debra Patterson, MSW, CSW, Michigan State University


  • Richard Boles, M.S., University of Kansas
    Supervising Children During Parental Distractions
  • Jhumka Gupta, M.S., Harvard School of Public Health
    College Dating Violence Among South Asian College Students in Greater Boston
  • Kari Stephens, M.S., University of Washington
    The Efficacy of Sexual Assault Prevention with College Men: The Roles of Sexually Aggressive Histories and CultureHonorable Mentions:
    • Gwendolyn Bergen, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Elizabeth A. Circo, Howard University School of Social Work


  • Carmela G. Lomonaco, MA, University of Southern California
    Evaluation of the effect of the Connecting the Dots to Prevent Youth Violence: A Training and Outreach Guide for Health Professionals— a curriculum on provider knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to violent injury prevention counseling for pediatric patients and their families.
  • Mary L. Moser, MA, University of Maryland in College Park
    Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Checkpoint Strikeforce program within the state of Maryland by measuring public perceptions and behaviors regarding seatbelt use and drinking and driving
  • Lakeesha Renee Smith, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
    Investigation of the relationship between low-income Black women’s exposure to community violence and their health behaviors as well as how they cope with violence that surrounds themHonorable Mentions
    • Emily A. Greytak, University of Pennsylvania
    • Irene Pintado, University of South Florida


  • Celinda P. Evitt, MA, PT, GCS, University of South Florida
    The Fear of Falling in Older Veterans
  • Renee M. Johnson, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Decision-Making about Household Firearm Ownership and Storage
  • Pamela Jean Surkan, MS, Harvard School of Public Health
    Prevalence of childhood injuries among low income communities in Northeast Brazil
  • Maranda C. Ward, BA, Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    Identifying Risk Factors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence and Other Forms of Violence Among Youth


  • Lara Triffiletti, MA, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Utilizing the Precaution Adoption Model for understanding parent’s safety practices related to car safety use, poison storage, and smoke alarm use
  • Karen Benjamin, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health
    Evaluation of whether participants of a car seat check-up event will show a change in their ability to correctly install their child’s safety seat
  • Faith A. Yingling, MS&Ed, University of Toledo
    Assessment of public health department activities to reduce injuries from non-motorized small-wheel forms of recreation


  • Kelli J. England, Virginia Tech
    Implementation and evaluation of the KIDS process, an innovative program designed to promote the proper use of child safety seats through behavior-change agent training of sales associates who sell child safety seats
  • Ray Marks, Teachers College, Columbia University
    Potential determinants for falls among older adults and examining the short-term outcomes of a multidimensional risk intervention program
  • Suzette M. Rochat, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Implementation of parenting education classes for Latino-Hispanic women with young children to address basic safety measures and unintentional injury prevention


  • Heather A. Jacobsen, St. Louis University
    Evaluating the impact of tailoring injury prevention messages for parents to help prevent childhood injuries
  • Beth T. Stalvey, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Examining the application of the transtheoretical model to an educational program targeting older driversHonorable Mentions
    • Kelli J. England, Virginia Tech
    • Ana Validzic, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill