Expert in preventing children's injuries to speak at UNC

CHAPEL HILL, NC (March 29, 2010) - Andrea C. Gielen, Sc.D., director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will give this year's Patricia F. Waller Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 14.

The talk, "Pediatric Injury Prevention: From the Trenches to the Ivory Tower and Back Again," will be held at the Stone Center Auditorium at 3 p.m. A reception will follow the free public event.

Gielen's lecture will focus on the development and dissemination of effective interventions to prevent pediatric injuries, drawing on her own work in health departments and intervention research over the last decade. Her research focuses on community and clinic-based programs that address health behavior problems affecting women and children, primarily among low-income families in urban areas.

The Waller lecture is held annually in memory of Patricia F. Waller, Ph.D., a professor who founded the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and was a pioneer in injury control. She worked for nearly two decades as a researcher at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, where she developed the concept for graduated licensing, which became adopted nationwide.

The lecture is supported by private donations and is sponsored by the Injury Prevention Research Center, the Highway Safety Research Center and the College of Arts and Sciences' department of psychology. 

For more information, visit or call (919) 966-2251.


Injury Prevention Research Center contact: Karen Moore, (919) 843-6618, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Highway Safety Research Center contact: Katy Jones, (919) 843-7007,

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