Patricia F. Waller Lecture

This annual lecture is held in memory of Patricia Fossum Waller, PhD, a UNC professor who 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. Waller later was director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and professor of public health policy and administration. She retired to Chapel Hill in 1999.

The event is sponsored jointly by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and the UNC-CH Department of Psychology.

Lecture Series Events


"Suicide prevention is a winnable battle...if..."

Date: Monday, April 13
1:00 p.m., reception to follow
Location: George Watts Hill Alumni Center
Parking: Paid visitor parking is available in the Rams Head Deck.

Suicide was the leading cause of injury death in North Carolina in 2012 and 2013. And it's not just a problem in the Tar heel state. Suicide rates have risen steadily across the country since 1999.

Join us for a presentation by Eric Caine, M.D., a leading researcher in the field of risk factors for suicide and ways to prevent suicide. He will discuss the necessity of considering how best to develop collective, community-based programs that deal with both individual and contextual factors that contribute to suicide. These programs are built upon an understanding of the social geography of communities, identifying where we can engage distinct populations and the social ecology of groups bearing specific risks.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Presented September 17, 2013
"Translation of Teen Driver Injury Prevention Research into Practice
Jean T. Shope, MSPH, Ph.D.
Research Professor, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and School of Public Health


Presented October 8, 2012
"Changing the Code of the Street in Baltimore: Effects of a Replication of CeaseFire --
A Public Health Program to Reduce Shootings"
Daniel Webster, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Tard Carter
Outreach Supervisor, Safe Streets East Baltimore


Presented April 20, 2011
"Embedding Child-Maltreatment Prevention in a Population Approach to Parenting and Family Support."

Ron Prinz, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Parenting Family Research Center
University of South Carolina


Presented April 14, 2010
"Pediatric Injury Prevention: From the Trenches to the Ivory Tower and Back Again."
Andrea C. Gielen, ScD
Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Presented April 15, 2009
"The Power of Social versus Financial Factors in Behavior Change"
Dr. Robert B. Cialdini
Professor of Psychology and Marketing, Department of Psychology
Arizona State University


Presented September 17, 2007
"Psychological Consequences of Hurricane Katrina"
Dr. Russell T. Jones
Professor of Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Presented April 17, 2006
"Highway Safety, Public Health and Human Behavior"
Dr. Lindsay Griffin
Former director, Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas Transportation Institute


Presented March 2, 2005
"On the Shoulders of Giants"
Dr. Susan Baker
Founding director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy


Presented April 28, 2004
"Reflections on the Highway Safety Field"
Dr. Alan Williams
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

More Information

Patricia F. Waller: A Tribute (PDF, 158 KB)

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