IPRC Associate Director, Associate Professor of Health Behavior
As a researcher and a public health practitioner, Dr. Moracco is skilled in intervention development and evaluation research and an expert in engaging with communities and community-based organizations. Her research focuses on the primary and secondary prevention of gender-based violence in the U.S. and global settings using qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Moracco’s has served as co-investigator on studies focused on the effectiveness of conditional cash transfers on pregnant women’s prevention of mother-to-child transmission adherence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently, she is the PI for a study funded by the National Institute of Justice evaluating “best practices” for domestic violence protective orders in NC, a study examining firearm surrender and confiscation in domestic violence protective order cases, and a pilot study examining the effectiveness of group-based peer support to decrease social isolation and increase social connectedness among newly-resettled female refugees from the DRC. She is also a co-PI for a CDC-funded study evaluating an ongoing Rape Prevention Education-funded program, Wise Guys: The Next Level, which addresses primary prevention of sexual perpetration by addressing known risk and protective factors. Previously she led assessments and served as co-investigator on a range of studies within North Carolina, and globally. Dr. Moracco previously led evaluations of primary prevention programs for intimate partner violence and legislation restricting access to firearms in dating violence protective order cases. She is a member of the NC Administrative Office of the Court’s Domestic Violence Committee and a research fellow at UNC-G’s Center for New North Carolinians. Dr. Moracco has served as director of the master’s program in Health Behavior since 2012. Link to Profile
Director of Training and Outreach
Ms. Dixon is responsible for overseeing the Outreach and Training cores to support the 1) dissemination of evidence-based injury and violence prevention strategies and information; 2) provision of training and educational opportunities for academic and non-academic injury prevention professionals; and 3) capacity development of communities to develop, implement, and evaluate injury and violence prevention strategies. She has over 20 years of experience as a program developer, implementer, and consultant working in violence prevention for vulnerable populations in the U.S. and international emergency, post-conflict, and development settings. She has extensive experience using best practices and internationally-recognized guidance to develop programs and training packages for integration into community-based and public health settings (e.g., health care clinics, mental health agencies, law enforcement agencies), both in the U.S. and abroad. Much of her work has involved providing technical assistance, training, and other capacity building support to U.S. government and nongovernmental organization staff, foreign government ministry officials and civil society organizations, as well as vulnerable populations at-risk of violence and HIV (e.g., women and adolescent girls, sex workers, LGBTQ+). Ms. Dixon also has experience managing research studies, including managing a CDC-funded RCT of a teen dating violence prevention intervention (Moms and Teens for Safe Dates), one of the few proven strategies for teen dating violence prevention; and conducting assessments to inform the development and implementation of community-based violence prevention and response interventions.
L. R. Preyer Distinguished Professor of Social Work
Dr. Macy is a researcher and social worker with 16 years of experience conducting community-engaged studies that focus on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. She is committed to preventing violence among vulnerable populations and has used her prior experience as a community-based social worker to inform her research in violence prevention and to improving services for survivors of violence. She has conducted investigations in various community settings in collaboration with survivors, service providers, and policymakers. Dr. Macy is experienced in leading projects and teams that have developed manuals, toolkits, and outcomes to promote community-based and survivor-centered research. Link to Profile
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Dr. Ranapurwala conducts advanced analytical research in injury and violence prevention. His work utilizes a diverse set of epidemiological study designs including cluster randomized trials, retrospective cohorts, case control and ecologic studies. His substantive areas of research include the prevention of opioid poisoning, violence, and occupational injury. Currently, he uses large existing claims data, electronic health records, public safety, and death records databases to examine opioid use disorders and overdose in North Carolina in the context of state and local interventions. He is a lead and a co-investigator on two opioid overdose prevention grants funded by the CDC and has completed another CDC funded opioid project. Link to Profile