Joyce Pressley, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management at Columbia University Medical Center and Co-director of the Outreach core for the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention. She is a member of the Committee on Occupant Protection of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, a Governing Councilor of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and Chair of the 2013 Program Committee for APHA’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section. She serves as Director of Injury Free Health Policy and Population Studies and heads the Department of Epidemiology’s master’s level internship and thesis programs. She is a former chair of APHA’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.
Dr. Pressley’s experience in research and community-based injury prevention programs crosses the disciplinary boundaries of health policy, epidemiology, emergency medicine, critical care, economics, health planning and management. She has experience in strategic planning at the local city, county and regional levels gained through her role as a former Director of Emergency Medical Services for an 11 county EMS planning and implementation program whose goals included improving access, communication and public education at the community level and identifying deficiencies and planning for the certification of regional critical care units for trauma, burn and poisoning.
Her current research interests include evaluating the impact of legislative regulatory policies and laws on unintentional injury including motor vehicle (MV) safety across the age span, technological advances for occupant protection, alcohol and drug-related MV injury, injury-related health disparities and injury in vulnerable populations. She has published in the areas of MV safety, home safety including window falls, the impact of injury-related laws, disparities, injury in vulnerable populations and methodological issues in research. She previously served as the principal investigator of an NIH-funded injury-related health disparities research core.
- Injury-related disparities
- Laws/regulations for injury prevention
- Road safety
- Vulnerable populations
- Technology and safety
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