Staff

Stanford ChihuriStanford Chihuri, MPH is a staff associate at the Department of Anesthesiology. He received graduate training in epidemiology and biostatistics from Columbia University Mailman of Public Health and has work experience in data management, statistical analysis and manuscript preparation at Columbia University Medical Center. Stan has worked as the biostatistician/data analyst for Dr. Li and colleagues on a variety of research and training projects. He is skilled in performing statistical analysis such as hierarchical modeling using complex data systems and multiply imputed datasets in statistical software such as SAS, R, SPSS etc. He is also responsible for creating and managing datasets for ongoing projects and assisting other investigators with manuscripts and reports.  Stan also directs and coordinates the injury epidemiology lab at the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention.

Victor Puac PolancoVictor Puac-Polanco, MD, MSCE is a doctoral student in the department of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He received his medical degree from San Carlos University in Guatemala and his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has conducted research on the development of mental health illnesses as a consequence of exposure to violence during and after the civil war in Guatemala. He has an active interest in traffic safety research, specifically whether there is an increased mortality risk for certain birth cohorts.

Barbara Lang, BS, is the Center’s Administrative Director. Barbara has over ten years of research program support experience in the university setting; she assists the Center faculty with grant administration and publications, coordinates advisory board meetings, and ensures the Center’s compliance with government and University policies, as well as establishing internal guidelines for monitoring Center progress and productivity. She also oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center and promotes collaborations across departments. Barbara received her Bachelors of Science degree from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

E. Lenita Johnson, MA is the Communications Director for the Center of Injury Epidemiology and Prevention and the National and Communications & Marketing Director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids. As director of communications for the center she is responsible for oversight and development of printed and electronic collateral representing the center, including but not limited to newsletters, brochures, fliers, and the website.  She also assists with the planning and development of regional symposiums, and audio-visual communications.

Ms Johnson has 20 years of reporting, producing and anchoring experience at major television network affiliates.  The five time Emmy Award-winning Broadcast Journalist left the industry 12 years ago and began working for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids.  As communications director she oversees the development of the Coalition’s website, plans and develops the organization’s annual conference including promotional materials, CME and CHES credits, develops printed and electronic collateral, maintains communications lines between the Coalitions 39 sites across the country, and organizes board communication efforts,

In addition to her communication efforts, Ms. Johnson oversees the execution of The Allstate Foundation Grant which provides Safe Play Places for children in communities recovering from disaster, and she executes the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund Project that helps 10 Coalition sites develop unique ways to address the safety of children in some of the country’s most underserved neighborhoods.

Ms. Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in News Editorial from the University of Texas, at Arlington and completed her Master’s in Communications at Northern Illinois University of DeKalb. In March of 2000, Governor Mel Carnahan appointed her to a six-year term on the Board of Governors of Central Missouri State University. She became the first African American female president of the board. Among the nearly 50 awards acknowledging her work, she was recognized as one of Kansas City’s Most Influential African Americans.

DiLenny Roca-Dominguez, MPH. With over 12 years of experience working in the public health sector and non for profit administration, Ms. Roca-Dominguez brings to the Center for Injury Epidemiology at Columbia University (CIEPAC) a wealth of expertise in grants and program management.   For over 10 years, she has worked in various capacities at the National Program Office of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids (Injury Free) and is passionate about promoting and improving community health and outcomes through research and involvement of community stakeholders.

In addition to managing Injury Free, as a Senior Administrator for the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Ms. Roca-Dominguez provides grant and financial management to 12 Principal Investigators working on research in Social Epidemiology and Epidemiology Innovations including the Center for Social Inequalities and Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program.  Ms. Roca-Dominguez experience is built around the effective management of a wide range of projects/programs focused on eliminating disparities in vulnerable populations locally and nationally.

Ms. Roca-Dominguez earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Columbia University in the City of New York.   She has a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Mailman School of Public Health and a Certificate of Non for Profit Administration from the Columbia University School of Business.