IPRCE Steering Committee


The Steering Committee meets on a regular basis to plan, gives guidance to the director, and coordinates and monitors overall IPRCE functioning.  This includes all programs and activities, progress towards goals and objectives, consistency between IPRCE’s mission/aims, and integration of research, outreach, education and training, and funding stream opportunities.  The Steering Committee is comprised of IPRCE leaders and staff, and is chaired by the IPRCE Co-Directors.  The committee members are comprised of the IPRCE Director, Executive Associate Director, Associate Program Director, Administrative Assistant, Director of Education and Training, Associate Director of Research, Associate Director of Community Outreach, and the Certificate Program Director. 

Committee Members

 Jonathan Rupp, PhD

IPRCE Director

Jonathan Rupp, PhD also serves as the Associate Director of Research for Emory University’s School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Rupp’s research focuses on reducing death and injury from physical trauma, particularly in civilian and military motor-vehicle crashes and in under body blast events to military vehicles. His research areas include collecting and using transportation and health data to characterize the factors that influence injury causation and the type of pre-hospital triage care needed by people injured in crashes; conducting laboratory testing and performing computational simulations that quantify human mechanical responses and tissue tolerances to dynamic loading; developing criteria and tools for assessing the risk of injury; and applying these tools and criteria, as well as transportation data-analysis methods, to assess the performance of injury prevention technologies such as seat belts and crash-avoidance systems.

Sharon Nieb, PhD

Associate Program Director

Sharon Nieb, PhD, MSW currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory.  She coordinates and leads various programs within the Center that address the five top injury challenges in Georgia. Sharon has 20 years of experience directing teams through the full spectrum of project/program planning and leadership activities. Sharon has served as an adviser to senior executives and is a strategic problem solver on a range of program areas, including Healthcare, Academia, and Public Health with an emphasis in Program Development and Evaluation, Research, Grants Management, Training, Education, Fiscal Management, and Board Governance.

Hannah Cooper, PhD

Associate Director of Research

Hannah Cooper, PhD is currently a jointly appointed professor in Epidemiology and faculty in the Behavioral Science and Health Education (BSHE) at the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH). As a member of the Emory University faculty she serves as Vice Chair for BSHE, Co-Director of the Prevention Sciences Core for Emory University's Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and Director of the RSPH Program on the Social Determinants of Health. He also heads the RSPH Certificate Program in the Sociocontextual Determinants of Health. My research expertise includes studying the social determinants of health, with a particular focus on the social determinants of drug use, drug users' health, and health disparities. She applies multilevel, geospatial, and qualitative methods to explore topics of addiction, behavioral health, and health disparities.

Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH

Associate Director of Education and Training

Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH is a Professor and Vice Chair of Administrative Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs on the Grady Campus and Associate Director of Education and Training for IPRCE at Emory University. She is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. She was a Board member for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, a member of the Domestic Violence Task Force in Dekalb County, and a member of the Public Health Committee of the American College of Emergency Physician’s (ACEP). She is a past Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association. She has received several awards including the Partnership Against Domestic Violence’s HOPE Award, the Woman in Medicine Award from the Council of Concerned Women of the National Medical Association, the Gender Justice Award from the Commission on Family Violence and in was named a hero of Emergency Medicine by ACEP. In 2012, she was named the inaugural President of the Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Heron has lectured extensively on the medical response to Intimate Partner Violence, as well as Wellness/Work-Life Balance and Diversity/Disparate Care in Emergency Medicine.

Lisa Dawson, MPH

Associate Director of Community Outreach

Lisa Dawson, MPH is Director of the Office of Injury Prevention within the Georgia Department of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Program. Lisa has worked in public health and the injury prevention field for more than 17 years. Her roles at the state level include active participation in the Child Fatality Review, active participation in both NHTSA sponsored activities, the Traffic Records Coordinating Committee and Georgia CODES project, she holds a gubernatorial appointment as a Commissioner to the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund, is an Advisory Member for Domestic Violence Prevention Project Connect Program, a former member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Georgia and member of SAFE KIDS Georgia. She was among the first certified child passenger safety technician instructors in Georgia.

Dorian Lamis, PhD

Associated Director of Education and Certificate Program

Dorian Lamis, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. Lamis is also a licensed clinical psychologist, completing both his internship and postdoctoral training at the Emory University School of Medicine.  His research focuses on mood disorders, substance use, and suicidal behaviors in a variety of populations including adolescents, young adults (e.g., college students), and African Americans. Dr. Lamis has published over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on these topics. In addition, he is the senior editor of two books on suicide titled Understanding and Preventing College Student Suicide (2011) and Advancing the Science of Suicidal Behavior: Understanding and Intervention (2015). He serves as the president of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Atlanta Chapter.