Andrea Carlson Gielen, Sc.D., Sc.M. is Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Gielen has experience as a public health department practitioner and an academic researcher directing numerous federally funded studies.
At the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Gielen directed the first statewide child passenger safety program, Project KISS (Kids in Safety Seats), which won a national program excellence award from the Society for Public Health Education.
At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gielen's research focuses on developing and evaluating injury prevention programs, particularly those serving children in low income urban communities. Studies include designing and evaluating child safety resource centers and computer tailored communication programs, evaluating home and fire safety programs and messages for young children, creating and evaluating stage tailored programs to reduce repeat domestic violence, a national survey of fire and life safety education programs, and community partnered research on dissemination of home and fire safety products. Dr. Gielen teaches courses in program planning for behavior change, and behavioral sciences applications to injury and violence prevention. In 2006, she was lead editor of an injury textbook, Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Science Theory, Methods and Applications.
Dr. Gielen has served on technical advisory boards and as consultant to a variety of governmental and private national and international organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Home Safety Council, and the World Health Organization. For SAVIR, Dr. Gielen has served on the Council of Centers and the Advocacy and Policy Committee, and she is currently President-Elect.