IPRCE conducts injury prevention research with a focus on the injuries that have the greatest impact in Georgia and the southeast region. Current research areas reflect the top five causes of death and injury: motor-vehicle crashes, violence, falls, traumatic brain injury, and drug use.

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 these projects are the practical implications on injury prevention strategies. IPRCE research is vetted, discussed, and evaluated in our task force meetings, 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

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.

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

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

PI: Lance Waller, PhD; Collaborators: Laura Edison, DVM, MPH (Georgia Department of Public Health) 

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

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

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.

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

Co-PI: Nadine Kaslow, PhD, Co-PI: Dorian Lamis, PhD, ABPP; Collaborators: Grady Health System 

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.

Core Faculty Publications

Our core faculty are major contributors to the center's body of research. View the 2019-2020 IPRCE Annual Research Compilation to learn more about their contributions to injury prevention.

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