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Stephen W. Marshall, PhD

IPRC Director, Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Marshall is an epidemiologist who has conducted research in the field of injury and violence prevention for the past 30 years. His research interests include: musculoskeletal injuries, opioid overdose, occupational injury, homicide and violence prevention, traumatic brain injury, road and other transportation injury, injuries in the military, and surveillance methods. He is author or co-author on more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He leads, and is a member of, multiple interdisciplinary research teams in the field of injury and violence prevention. For over a decade, he has led a team of civilian and military researchers as PI of the JUMP-ACL study, a multi-center prospective cohort study of biomechanics, biomarkers, lower extremity injuries, and musculoskeletal conditions funded by National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. He has a strong commitment to research-practice integration and uses the principles of engaged scholarship to advance the ongoing translation of research findings into policy, programs, and practice. He interacts with a wide range of injury prevention providers and practitioners, from community advocacy groups through to acute care health care providers and injury and violence prevention professionals in state health departments. Dr. Marshall has been a faculty member at the IPRC since 1999 and has served as the IPRC Director since 2011. Prior to becoming the IPRC’s Director, he co-directed a sports injury research center (Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention) from 2008- 2011. In collaboration with Dr. Moracco, he oversees the strategic direction of the IPRC and all aspects of daily operations of the Center. Link to Profile

Core Faculty

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Zachary Y. Kerr, PhD, PHH

Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

Dr. Kerr is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina, and serves as Core Faculty with the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, the Matthew Gfeller Traumatic Brain Injury Center, and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. Dr. Kerr’s expertise provides leadership in traumatic brain injury research at IPRC. His research focuses on the evaluation of injury prevention strategies related to concussion and heat stroke, with a focus on injury surveillance and survey research, and the epidemiology and prevention of injury in populations at high risk, including young athletes who are especially vulnerable to sports related traumatic brain injuries.  Link to Profile

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Kristen L. Kucera, PhD, ATC

Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

Dr. Kucera is Director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research (  Evaluation and improved surveillance for sports and work-related injuries are two of her key research areas.  An epidemiologist and certified athletic trainer, Kristen’s other research interests include sport and occupational injury epidemiology with an emphasis on musculoskeletal disorders, ergonomics, and return to work.  Her projects have addressed problems in commercial fishermen, carpenters, youth and collegiate soccer athletes, certified athletic trainers, military cadets, and university hospital employees.  She joined UNC’s faculty in 2013 after serving as an assistant professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.  Kristen received her undergraduate degree (BS, 1994) in Athletic Training at Linfield College (McMinnville, OR).  She completed her master’s (MSPH, 2002) and doctoral (PhD, 2006) degrees in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, ATC

Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

Dr. Register-Mihalik’s research interests include the negative consequences, prevention, education and clinical management of sport and recreationally related traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her primary work centers on improved care, education and behavior change concerning TBI among physically active children and adolescents. Dr. Register-Mihalik was the 2018 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation New Investigator Award recipient. Currently, she serves on the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining the faculty in Exercise and Sport Science, she served as the Senior Research Associate in the Emergency Services Institute at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. Link to Profile

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Anna E. Waller, ScD

Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Waller is the Director for the Carolina Center for Health Informatics (CCHI) and Principle Investigator/Science Director for the North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT).  She has worked in public health surveillance for more than 25 years and in injury prevention and control for over 35 years. She collaborates with the IPRC and the NC Injury & Violence Prevention Branch on data driven responses to the opioid overdose epidemic in NC, as well as broader injury and violence surveillance efforts. Dr. Waller also works with the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program on an ongoing effort to link motor vehicle crash data with health outcomes. Dr. Waller works with the NC Division of Public Health on a variety of projects using emergency department visit and EMS response data for public health surveillance, including ongoing collaborations with public health practitioners at the state and local levels to develop surveillance case definitions and reports using NC DETECT data.  Dr. Waller is interested in using data effectively to inform public health response and prevention activities. Link to Profile

Affiliate Faculty

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, PhD, MS, ATC

Dean of College of Arts and Science, Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

Jason P. Mihalik, PhD, MS, ATC

Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science