IPRCE conducts research on the prevention of injury with a focus on the injuries that have the greatest effect on the metro Atlanta area and the State of Georgia.  Current research areas reflect the top five causes of death and injury in Georgia and include motor-vehicle crashes, violence, falls, traumatic brain injury, and drug safety.  Examples of IPRCE research projects include studying environmental and behavioral causes of pedestrian motor-vehicle crashes, identifying the causes of pediatric falls and prevention strategies, linking violent death and injury data to identify predictors of death, and studying how medication storage location and container characteristics affect child poisoning in Georgia.

An important characteristic of all of these projects, and IPRCE research in general, is that they all have practical implications on injury prevention strategies.  Importantly, to maximize translation of research results to practice, all IPRCE research is vetted, discussed, and evaluated in our task forces, which consist of key stakeholder groups involved in community, state, and national implementation of injury prevention activities.

Core Research Projects:

Project #1 Organizational Readiness the Georgia Trauma System to Implement the Cardiff Model


PI: Dr. Daniel Wu; Collaborators: Grady Memorial Hospital, Georgia Trauma Commission, Georgia Trauma Centers, Local Law Enforcement Agencies, UPenn, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and Cardiff University 

A study that develops and applies geospatial statistical analytic tools that use prescription drug monitoring program, death, law enforcement, ED/hospital discharge, and other datasets to identify social contextual determinants of local rates of overdose.

Project #2 Small Area Estimation for Opioid Abuse Prevention and Response

PI: Dr. Lance Waller; Collaborators: Laura Edison (Georgia Department of Public Health) 

An organizational readiness assessment to identify the barriers and facilitators to implementing the Cardiff Model, which is a proven efficacious violence prevention program, through trauma centers in Georgia and their police and community partners;

Project #3 Addressing ACEs among Hispanic Caregivers in a Pediatric Primary Care Population in order to Improve Child Health and Decrease Early Adversity

Co-PI: Dr. Maneesha Agarwal; Co-PI: Dr. Abby Lott; Co-I: Dr. Tanja Jovanovic, Dr. Angela Boy Collaborators: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Chamblee Primary Care Clinic 

A study to advance the field of suicide prevention for African American adults with a history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by (a) identifying risk and protective factors that influence the ACEs/suicide relationship, and by (b) rigorously testing a culturally competent, multilevel suicide prevention intervention targeting African American adults who have previously attempted suicide.

Project #4 ACES and Suicidal Behavior in African Americans: Assessment and Prevention

Co-PI: Dr. Nadine Kaslow, Co-PI: Dr. Dorian Lamis; Collaborators: Grady Health System 

A study to determine whether disclosure of parent/caregiver ACEs to a young child’s primary care physician accompanied by a structured conversation about the effects of these ACEs on parental and child heath can improve child health, build parental resilience, and support positive parenting behaviors.