• 27 Jul 2015 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    Building Effective Mentoring Relationships

    Date and Time
    Thursday, October 29, 2015, noon-1:00 ET

    Mentoring is a dynamic reciprocal relationship in a work environment between an advanced career incumbent (mentor) and a less experienced professional (mentee) aimed at promoting the development and fulfillment of both (Healy 1990). All of us have likely served as both a mentee and a mentor at various times in our careers. Effective mentoring is identified as one of several determinants of success in an academic research environment. Effective mentors are not born that way. Effective mentoring consists of a set of skills that can be learned. Using materials from a proven effective curriculum in mentor training, this webinar will review some of the essential skills of effective mentors and introduce participants to resources that they can use to improve their research mentoring.

    Who Should Attend
    • Public health and mental health professionals
    • Medical care providers
    • Harm reduction advocates
    • Injury prevention specialists and researchers
    • Law makers/Legislators

    Learn to identify different communication styles, including their own, and how to adapt their style to meet the needs of their mentee.
    Learn how to effectively establish expectations for a mentoring relationship and to clearly communicate those expectations.
    Identify web-based resources to enhance their mentoring practice.


    Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE. Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Director, Office of Clinical and Translational Research, The Children¹s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. 

    Dr. Durbin is an internationally recognized injury epidemiologist whose research has focused on the prevention of motor vehicle occupant injuries to children and the prevention of teen driver crashes. He served as the co-principal investigator of Partners for Child Passenger Safety, an innovative academic/ industry partnership that resulted in the world’s largest child-focused motor vehicle crash surveillance system. He was also the co-PI of the CIREN site at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the PI of several studies done in collaboration with NHTSA known as the National Child Occupant Special Study. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, has given lectures at dozens of scientific meetings and academic institutions worldwide, and has served on the Committee for Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics during which time he was the lead author on the Academy’s revised policy statement on child passenger safety. His research has been recognized by a number of organizations with several awards, including the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the University of Pennsylvania.

    Please contact the SAVIR Executive Office for more information.
    (205) 823-6106

  • 17 Jul 2015 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    Leon S. Robertson's new edition of Injury Epidemiology (2015) is available free in PDF format at Those who do not like to read on the computer will find a link to purchase on that website.

  • 07 Jul 2015 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    The Avielle Foundation has announced the availability of funding to support public health research in the area of brain health and violence.

    View The Avielle Foundation's Call for Public Health Research Proposals

  • 01 Jul 2015 12:51 PM | SAVIR Executive Office

    Concussion Reporters Needed! The Spot Light RIOTM Study is looking for parents, coaches and athletic trainers involved with middle and/or high school football players to help test the effectiveness of a mobile app that assesses concussions and helps manage an athlete’s return to play. Concussion reporters must have an iOS mobile device to participate and will be compensated for their participation.

    To learn more, please go to or contact us at (614)355-5880 or

  • 29 May 2015 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    Injury & Violence Trainees & Scientists:
    CDC now accepting applications for EIS fellowship

    Applications for CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program are currently being accepted through August 17, 2015. CDC’s EIS program is a 2-year fellowship that provides training in applied epidemiology. The program is more than just a training, though. It can open the door to an exciting and rewarding career in public health. EIS officers serve as CDC’s “disease detectives,” the first responders to public health emergencies. EIS officers work in all areas of public health including injury and violence prevention. Officers work to save lives and protect people by solving mysterious outbreaks, detecting new microbes and ensuring global health when natural disasters and other emergencies occur.  

    For more information or if you are interested in applying, visit Or, if you would like to learn more about the injury and violence prevention work that EIS officers do, contact Arlene Greenspan ( at CDC’s Injury Center.

    Contact: Arlene Greenspan, DrPH, MPH, PT

    Associate Director for Science

    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    4770 Buford Highway, MS F63

    Atlanta, GA 30341

    Phone: 770-488-1279


  • 08 May 2015 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Implementing Project Lazarus in North Carolina:
    Lessons Learned From the Hub Components of the Project Lazarus Model

    A Two-Part Webinar on Lessons Learned from Implementing Project Lazarus in North Carolina - A Clinical and Community Based Intervention to Prevent Prescription Drug Overdose

    DATE May 11, 2015

    TIME 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time


    Register online at


    The purpose of these two 90 minute webinars (May 11, 2-3:30 PM ET and June 29, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET) is to illustrate key issues and challenges related to the implementation of Project Lazarus as a model prescription drug overdose prevention program by highlighting major lessons learned (i.e., 'what went well', 'what did not go well' and 'what needed to change') in both the hub activities (the components of the Project Lazarus model that reflect a community-based, bottom-up public health approach) and in the spoke activities (the components that reflect a medical and law enforcement-based, top-down public health approach). Discussions following didactic presentations on lessons learned by key Project Lazarus stakeholders will be based on personal experiences, concerns and solutions from webinar participants. Materials presented during the webinar, as well as summaries of discussions, will be condensed into a white paper by the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and made available for the general public.

    This webinar will be recorded and archived. The recording will be sent out to all registrants within two weeks after the session.

    We are unable to provide CEU credits or certificates for attendance at our webinars.


    Persons interested in implementing Project Lazarus and/or similar prescription drug overdose prevention programs in their respective communities
    Public health and mental health professionals
    Community leaders
    Law enforcement
    Medical care providers
    Harm reduction advocates
    Injury prevention specialists and researchers
    Law makers/Legislators


    Part 1:

    Christopher L. Ringwalt, DrPH, Senior Scientist, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
    Karin Mack, PhD; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Fred Wells Brason II; CEO, Project Lazarus, Inc.
    Jenni Irwin; DFC Director, Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Cherokee County
    Nabarun Dasgupta; Senior Epidemiologist, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center

    Part 2:

    Michael Lancaster, MD; Medical Director, Behavioral Health Integration, Community Care of North Carolina
    Robert BB Childs, MPH; CEO, NC Harm Reduction Coalition
    Donnie Varnell; Special Agent-in-Charge, NC State Bureau of Investigation
    Kelly Ransdell; Director, Operation Medicine Drop, NC Department on Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshall and Safe Kids North Carolina
    Ashwin Patkar, MD; Pain Management Clinician; topic specialist and consultant for NC
    Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse Project Lazarus Provider Education seminars
    Catherine (Kay) Sanford, MSPH; UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
    Karin Mack, PhD; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • 16 Apr 2015 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    We would like to invite you to join faculty from the Kempe Center and the University of Colorado for a participatory and interdisciplinary Institute on Child Protection. Our Summer Institute offers short, intensive courses for professionals, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are concerned about the safety of children.

    Visit the Summer Institute Website 


    July 6-24, 2015

    University of Colorado, Denver

    1201 Larimer Street 

    Denver, CO 80204

    In 1993, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect declared child abuse and neglect a "national emergency." More than 20 years later, child abuse and neglect continue to be a serious and prevalent public health problem. In the United States alone, 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect involving more than 6 million children are made each year. Many more go unreported. Without appropriate and timely intervention, research suggests that these children may experience long-term health problems.

    The Summer Institute is designed to improve knowledge, practice, and policy related to the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect and family violence. Participants will learn the latest approaches in research, clinical services, prevention and administration. Through special events, participants will have an opportunity to network with each other and with faculty. 

    The Summer Institute is designed for the following professionals who have an interest in child abuse and neglect:
    • Physician
    • Physician's Assistant
    • Advanced Practice Nurse
    • Allied Health Professional
    • Social Worker
    • Behavioral Health Professional
    • Educator
    • Researcher
    • Community Leader
    • Child Advocate
    • Public or Private Human Service Administrator
    • Graduate student 
    • Post-Doctoral fellow

    Graduate course credit, available through the Clinical Sciences Graduate Progam at the University of Colorado, Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and Continuing Medical Education (CME) will be offered through the Summer Institute. 

    The registration deadline for participants not seeking course credit is June 1, 2015. For participants seeking course credit, the registration deadline is May 15, 2015. A late fee of $50 will be applied to any registrations received after the deadlines.

    The Kempe Center 
    for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • 26 Mar 2015 10:34 AM | SAVIR Executive Office

    The Office of Epidemiology and Research, Division of Epidemiology in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau has just posted an advertisement for a GS-14 epidemiologist.

    Applications will be accepted through March 30th, 2015.

    The position is open to the following kinds of applicants: Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and individuals with disabilities. Military Spouses are encouraged to apply (Click here for more information).

    The details for the announcement can be found in the following link:

  • 25 Mar 2015 12:55 PM | SAVIR Executive Office

    Robertson Fellowship in Violence Prevention Research

    Violence Research Program
    University of California, Davis


    We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Robertson Fellowship, an intensive one- or two-year postdoctoral program of mentored, applied research in the nature and prevention of violence from a public health perspective. The Robertson Fellowship is available on a competitive basis to individuals who have completed a doctoral degree program (PhD, DrPH, MD) and are making a long-term commitment to violence research, either as their primary career focus or in conjunction with a career in a clinical health profession.


    The Robertson Fellowship is offered by the Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP) at the University of California, Davis. VPRP helped develop the public health approach to violence prevention. Our program of research on firearm violence is internationally recognized as among the best of its kind, and firearm violence remains a major area of interest. We are now expanding in size and scope, adding new areas of emphasis in alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness, and the social factors that determine risk for violence and many other health problems. VPRP’s director is Garen Wintemute, MD, MPH, an emergency physician and one of the nation’s leading firearm violence researchers and policy experts. We anticipate that Magdalena Cerdá, DrPH, an internationally known social epidemiologist with special expertise in violence and substance abuse, will join VPRP as Associate Director in June.


    Robertson Fellows will participate in VPRP’s ongoing research and undertake independent investigation with mentoring by Drs. Wintemute and Cerdá, and by others from a wide variety of fields as appropriate. The specific content of each Fellowship will be tailored to meet the goals and objectives of the Fellow. UC Davis has extensive course offerings in the relevant disciplines and provides a robust program of seminars and other learning and teaching opportunities for postdoctoral scholars. VPRP is actively involved in developing health policy in its areas of expertise, and Fellows will be invited to participate in this important translational work.


    Applications are now being accepted for one or more appointments beginning as soon as the fall of 2015 or as late as the summer of 2016. Appointments are made for one year and are renewable. The Fellowship will provide a competitive full-time postdoctoral scholar salary and benefits; funds for research project expenses and travel to a scientific meeting are available. Candidates should provide a cover letter describing their goals and qualifications for the Fellowship, a CV, contact information for three references, and copies of two published papers or other examples of their scholarly work. Materials should be sent to Pamela Keach, MS, Research Administrator, VPRP, at UC Davis Medical Center, 2315 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817. Alternatively, materials may be emailed to us at



  • 13 Mar 2015 9:05 AM | SAVIR Executive Office

    The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Biostatistics Postdoctoral Fellow

    Position Description: Division of Biostatistics, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) invite applications for an open post-doctoral fellow position. This position is created with funding support from the College of Public Health and the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at NCH, to explore new statistical methodological issues concerning health outcome research and big data analysis. The fellow will work under the joint supervision of Drs. Bo Lu (Division of Biostatistics), Steve MacEachern (Department of Statistics) and Huiyun Xiang (NCH and Division of Epidemiology), and will be supported by a team of epidemiologists and data managers. The general research topic focuses on Bayesian methods for causal inference and the specific topic will be determined based on the mutual interests of the fellow and the advisors. Publications in peer-reviewed journals are expected. This post-doctoral fellow will be officially managed by the NCH Patient-Centered Pediatric Research Fellowship Program. The fellow will have opportunities to participate in pediatric/injury research projects in collaboration with clinical investigators and other post-doctoral fellows. The appointment will be for a two-year period.


    Position Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in biostatistics, statistics, or related quantitative fields; interest and track record in statistical methodology research; strong programming skills; working knowledge of Bayesian models or causal inference is a plus; excellent written and oral communication skills.


    Salary/Benefits: Salary will be determined based on years of experience following the NIH National Research Service Award guidelines. This position will be eligible for full time benefits offered to all full time employees at NCH.


    Application Address: Applicants should arrange to send a letter of interest (including a summary of research interests), curriculum vitae, relevant transcripts, up to two publications or working papers, and the contact information for three references as one PDF file to Dr. Bo Lu (Email:; Phone: 614-247-7913).


    Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. Applications from historically underrepresented group members, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.

Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research


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