Dr. Susan P. Baker, the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, reflected on leaders who have paved the way in safety research at the 2005 Patricia F. Waller lecture.
Just a few of the leading injury researchers covered in the lecture included:
The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and the department of psychology sponsor the 2005 Patricia F. Waller Lecture.
Baker is an epidemiologist specializing
in injury prevention with a wide variety of focus areas, including
motor vehicle occupant and pedestrian deaths among children and adults, carbon
monoxide poisoning, childhood asphyxiation, falls among the elderly
and injury severity scoring. She is well-known for developing the widely
used Injury Severity Score and for writing the "Injury Fact Book," produced
by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center
for Injury Prevention and Control.
Baker’s experience as a licensed pilot has expanded her work to include analyses of crashes in the Colorado Rockies, and research on commuter aircraft crashes and on crashes of instructional flights.
She is an advocate of policy changes that will prevent injuries. Much of her teaching and research is designed to influence legislators, administrators, the media and others whose decisions can determine the likelihood of injury for thousands of people. Baker holds joint appointments at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in the departments of pediatrics and emergency medicine.
Dr. Patricia Fossum Waller, who died in 2003, received her doctorate in psychology from UNC. She worked for nearly two decades as a researcher at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, where she developed the concept for graduated licensing that would become adopted nationwide.
She launched the Injury Prevention Research Center with a vision merging her background in traffic safety with public health perspectives on injury control. The multidisciplinary federally funded center, founded in 1987, brings together faculty experts from numerous schools and departments at UNC.
Waller later was director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institution and professor of public health policy and administration. She retired to Chapel Hill in 1999.
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