The Patricia Waller Lecture honors Dr. Patricia F. Waller (1932-2003), the founding Director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Injury Prevention Research Center. Dr. Waller’s career combined highway safety, injury prevention, and public health, through the lens of her training and clinical expertise in psychology. She exemplified the concept of interdisciplinary collaboration and was a critical thinker whose ideas were often ahead of their time. Her many interests included driver licensing, aging and driving, heavy truck safety, alcohol and safety, and impaired driving.
Her work influenced policy and procedures for licensing young drivers throughout the world. She worked tirelessly to ensure that research findings were implemented through legislative and administrative measures and that injury prevention and public concerns were reflected in the national transportation agenda. Dr. Waller was devoted to mentoring and encouraging students and young researchers. The depth and vigor of her intellect and her passion for ensuring the policy decisions were based on science, influenced the career paths of numerous scientists.
Dr. Emanuel Robinson, Westat
Eric Caine, M.D.
John Romano Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center
Director, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S)
Jean T. Shope, MSPH, Ph.D.
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and School of Public Health
Daniel Webster, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
Outreach Supervisor, Safe Streets East Baltimore
Ron Prinz, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Parenting Family Research Center
University of South Carolina
Andrea C. Gielen, ScD
Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Robert B. Cialdini
Professor of Psychology and Marketing, Department of Psychology
Arizona State University
Dr. Russell T. Jones
Professor of Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Dr. Lindsay Griffin
Former Director, Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas Transportation Institute
Dr. Susan Baker
Founding Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Dr. Alan Williams
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety