IPRC External Advisory Board

UNC IPRC’s External Advisory Board provides strategic input to the IPRC’s leadership, including providing unique and diverse perspectives that generate new ideas for research, partnerships, and collaborations; and advising on research to practice integration.

  1. Alan Dellapenna Jr, MPH (Chair), Head, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh NC. Alan has led NC’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch for the last decade. He is also co-Chair of the Unintentional Death Committee of the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, and serves on advisory board for the NC Brain Injury Advisory Council and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Alan joined the Division of Public Health following a 27 year career as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service (PHS). He spent his PHS career assigned to the Indian Health Service, retiring at the rank of Captain. In 2018, he was awarded the Alex Kelter Vision Award by the Safe State’s Alliance. The award is Safe States Alliance’s highest honor and recognizes individuals who have brought leadership and vision to the field of injury and violence prevention.
  2. Michael Bauer, MS, President, Safe States Alliance; Director, Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention, New York State Health Department, Albany NY. Michael has been working in injury prevention since 2002, and is Principal Investigator for NY state’s Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program. He is also the Chair of the Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Subcommittee for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.
  3. Terry Bunn, PhD, Director, Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center; Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to serving as Director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center, Terry is also Principal Investigator for the Kentucky Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program and the Kentucky Occupational Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation.
  4. Mighty Fine, MPH, Director, Center for Public Health and Professional Development, American Public Health Association; Executive Committee, Safe States Alliance, Washington DC. Mighty is committed to working towards a society where we dismantle the social structures that widen health inequities and impact the public’s health.
  5. Sharon Gilmartin, MPH, Deputy Director, Safe States Alliance, Greensboro NC. Sharon has a long history of involvement in the field of injury prevention and has worked at Safe States since 2014. She has a background in public health, injury prevention, and an emphasis in motor vehicle injury prevention. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and her Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Washington in Seattle.
  6. Scott Proescholdbell, MPH, Epidemiologist, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh NC. Scott is the head of the Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit in the NC Injury and Violence Prevention Branch. He is Principal Investigator of the NC Violent Death Reporting System, NC Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS), and NC Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) project. He is active in the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and has mentored numerous CSTE Fellows.
  7. Jonathan Rupp, PhD, Director, Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory; Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta GA. In addition to Directing the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory, Jonathan also serves as the Associate Director of Research for Emory University’s Department of Emergency Medicine. His research focuses on reducing death and injury from physical trauma, particularly in civilian and military motor-vehicle crashes and blast events. His research areas include collecting and using transportation and health data to characterize the factors that influence injury causation; conducting laboratory tests and simulations that quantify human mechanical responses and tissue tolerances to crash forces; and assessing the performance of injury prevention technologies such as seat belts and crash-avoidance systems.
  8. Laura Sandt, PhD, Director, Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety; Director, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center; Senior Research Associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Chapel Hill NC. Laura has over 15 years experience in road safety research. A major focus of her work is intervention evaluations and studies focusing on pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility. She has led several projects working directly with communities to develop, implement and evaluate programs aimed at improving pedestrian and bicycle safety, including the WatchForMeNC program.
  9. Shelli Stephens-Stidham, MPA, Director, Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas TX. Shelli has over 25 years of experience in injury and violence prevention. She is a past-president of the Safe States Alliance. She served as co-chair of the National Training Initiative for Injury and Violence Prevention (NTI), and served on the committee that developed core competencies for injury and violence prevention professionals. She has extensive experience in conducting training programs for injury and violence professionals and has served as a peer reviewer on numerous state and local assessment team visits. She chairs the Texas Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Injury Prevention Committee.
  10. Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH, President and CEO, North Carolina Institute of Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UNC School of Medicine; Chapel Hill NC. Adam has practiced family medicine in a small-town practice, rural emergency department, county health department, and an academic medical center. His research interests include prevention of physical abuse to children, including shaken baby syndrome and child physical discipline. He has served as the President and CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) for over 5 years. His work at the NCIOM has included initiatives around rural health, child maltreatment prevention, and a legislative health policy fellowship program.