Speaker: Alex Wagenaar, PhD, Professor, Health Outcomes and Policy, University of Florida College of Medicine
Professor Wagenaar will review the epidemiology of injury and the role of alcohol in injuries in the U.S., and identify a large number of evidence-based public policies for preventing alcohol-related injuries. After summarizing the underlying theory of causes of injuries and role of the availability and consumption of alcoholic beverages in increasing the probability of injury, he will illustrate the wide range of scientifically documented effective strategies for reducing rates of alcohol-related injuries, with sets of effective strategies coming from distinct fields of inquiry commonly labeled injury control, criminal justice, and alcohol policy. Tools for effective improvement in population health are readily available. Current limits are in the social and political conditions necessary for implementation of effective prevention strategies.
Dr. Wagenaar has a strong interest in evaluation of public policy changes and community-level interventions, using both randomized trial and controlled time-series research designs and statistical methods. He has published more than 170 scientific articles on social and behavioral epidemiology, public health policy, legal evaluations, community intervention trials, alcohol and tobacco studies, violence prevention, traffic safety, and injury control. His second book, Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods (with Scott Burris of Temple University School of Law), was published in June by Wiley.
Dr. Wagenaar serves as Associate Director of the Public Health Law Research Program at Temple University, the national program office for a $20 million initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a scientific reviewer for two dozen journals, is a member of the Editorial Boards of Prevention Science and the Journal of Safety Research, and serves as a Senior Associate Editor for Health Behavior and Policy Review.
In 1999, Dr. Wagenaar received the Jellinek award for lifetime achievement in research on alcohol. In 2001 he received the Innovator’s Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in 2004 was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as a Highly Cited Researcher, an honor limited to less than one-half of one percent of published scientists worldwide. In 2009 he received the Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research for the contributions of his three decades of research in advancing the methods and outcomes of prevention research.