Annual CCISP Symposium, May 6, 2021

Annual Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention Symposium

Thursday, May 6, 2021
10:00 AM -4:00 PM

The conference will be held via Zoom.

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Dear Injury Prevention Colleague,

You are invited to attend our Annual Symposium of the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP), Applying an Equity Lens to Injury and Violence Prevention. The symposium will be held on May 6, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm with keynote speaker, Law Professor Ekow Yankah.

Registration is free, but required so a Zoom link can be sent to your email address. Register here.

Injury and violence topics to be addressed include adverse and positive childhood experiences, transportation safety, older adult falls, substance use and misuse, firearm safety and updates from injury and violence prevention partners.

Center Director, Dr. Charlie Branas, will open the symposium with a welcome to attendees. Program content will begin at 10:10 am ET.  The keynote will begin at 11:15am, partner reports at 1:00 pm and networking roundtables at 1:30 pm (see the agenda for details).

Schedule of Injury Epidemiology Unit Seminars, Spring 2021

All of the seminars listed below will be held from 11:30 – 12:30 pm via live webinar. Please email Gerald Govia if you would like to attend (

Click to download a PDF flier of this schedule.

JANUARY 25, 2021

Critically examining three intersections of public health injury & policing: traffic stops, death by law enforcement, and opioid overdose indicators

Mike Dolan Fliss, PhD, MPS, MSW
Epidemiology Research Scientist,
Injury Prevention Center,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Substance Use Among Victims of Violence

Edouard Coupet Jr, MD, MS
Assistant Professor,
Drug Use, Addiction and HIV Research Scholar (DAHRS),
Department of Emergency Medicine
Yale University

MARCH 15, 2021

Mass criminalization and incarceration: state violence as response to interpersonal violence

Sandhya Kajeepeta, MS
Doctoral Student
Department of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University

APRIL 19, 2021

Injury risk and prevention among people who inject drugs

Ricky N. Bluthenthal, PhD
Associate Dean for Social Justice and Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine, Institute for Prevention Research
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California


Annual 2020 CCISP Symposium Attracts Record Attendance

View the full symposium agenda and selected slides.

The 2020 Annual Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention (CCISP) Symposium, “Science in Service to Safety”, was held virtually by webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020. The Center Director, Dr. Charles Branas, welcomed more than 160 attendees to this year’s violence-focused symposium.

A conference highlight included the keynote address titled “Mass Shootings: What We Know and Why It Matters” delivered by renowned professor and author of Rampage Nation, Lou Klarevas.

Dr. Sonali Rajan, faculty at Teacher’s College and Mailman SPH, moderated a lightning round on Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): Issues and contributing factors. Her session included presentations on cognitive control performance and fMRI correlates that vary by ACEs in children, ACEs and criminality, child maltreatment, gender and sensation seeking trajectories, an examination of the proportion of US deaths attributable to ACES, and gun violence prevention through amplifying the voice of urban youth.

Several CCISP partners and collaborators provided updates from their organizations. Of particular interest to attendees was an update from Lauren Paterno of AAA Northeast who announced a new high school curriculum on teen marijuana use and driving developed in a AAA collaboration with Brown University. Originally developed to be delivered in the classroom, the curriculum has now been adapted for on-line virtual delivery. Preliminary evaluations using a pre-post test format have shown a dramatic change in the proportion of teens who recognize the dangers that driving after smoking marijuana poses.


The symposium’s traditional lunch topic roundtables were held via of zoom breakout sessions using gallery mode so that roundtable attendees could network “face-to-face”. Several attendees requested to continue the networking on a regular basis post conference. The evaluation form provided space for attendees to enroll in post conference networking virtual zoom meetings. Approximately 80% completing the evaluation survey said they would like to continue to network with roundtables. The proportion of those who said they would like to continue to network via of roundtables by table topic were: gun violence/firearms (79%), transportation safety (68%), older adult falls (65%), adolescent depression/suicide (62%), ACES (59%), and overdose (54%).

These are expected to begin in August and September.

The six breakout topics included:

  1. Adverse and positive childhood experiences (led by Sonali Rajan/Virginia Rauh)    
  2. Adolescent depression/suicide  (led by Katherine Keyes)
  3. Gun violence and advances in firearm safety (led by Kara Rudolph and Pina Violano)
  4. Advances and challenges in transportation safety (Led by Michael Bauer and Joyce Pressley)
  5. Drug overdose   (led by Silvia Martins)
  6. Older adult falls   (led by Thelma Mielenz)                   

Future Symposium Format Suggestions

Attendees were asked about their preferences for the format of future symposiums. Surprisingly, only 19% indicated a preference for an in-person only format. Nearly 38% reported a preference for in-person (19%) or a blended in-person and virtual format (19%). Two-thirds reported a preference for a virtual format– either using zoom (48%) or a blended in-person and virtual format (19%). Several respondents reported lack of travel funds to come to the symposium and said the virtual format allowed them to attend.

Outreach Director, Dr. Joyce Pressley, worked with the CCISP outreach team and core faculty to organize and moderate the symposium. The symposium was co-sponsored by CCISP in the Department of Epidemiology and the Columbia University Seminar in Injury Prevention and Control.

Schedule of Injury Epidemiology Unit Seminars, Spring 2020

All of the seminars listed below will be held from 11:30 – 12:30 pm in the Hammer Health Sciences Building (701 West 168th Street, Rm HSC 322). Lunch will be served. Webinar link also listed with each talk.

Click to download a PDF flier of this schedule.

JANUARY 27, 2020

Cannabis impaired driving

Ashley Brooks-Russell, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Community and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado University Anschutz Medical Campus

Zoom address:


FEBRUARY 24, 2020

Linking criminal justice and healthcare data to address the opioid crisis

Noa Krawczyk, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health,
New York University Langone

Zoom address:

MARCH 23, 2020

Evaluating the Impact of “Stand Your Ground” Self-defense Laws

David K. Humphreys
Associate Professor of Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation Research Fellow, Green Templeton College Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

Zoom address:

APRIL 27, 2020

Substance-related Injury: Random Breath Testing, Alcohol Fuelled Violence and Drug Use

Jason Ferris, PhD
Associate Professor, Centre for Health Services Research, Translational Research Institute, The University of Queensland

Zoom address: