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- Emeritus

Andrea Gielen, ScD, applies behavior change methods to help create injury-free lives for women and children.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway , Hampton House 554

Research Interests

Health Behavior Change; Health Policy; Intervention Research; Health Education; Health Promotion; Health Communication; Injury Prevention; Child/Maternal Health; Domestic Violence; Sexual Violence; Prevention Research; Evaluation
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins University
My work focuses on conducting theory-informed needs assessment research, building interventions based on those findings, and conducting both intervention trials and translational research to disseminate interventions. I have extensive knowledge of child injury prevention issues, having worked in this field as a practitioner and a researcher for more than three decades. I have led multiple federally-funded intervention trials in clinical and community settings, focused on preventing unintentional injuries to children, particularly among families living in low income, urban environments. This body of work incorporates the use of innovative communication technologies and behavior change theories to increase parents’ child safety behaviors, including child passenger safety, poisoning prevention, fire safety, pedestrian safety, among others.

From 2006-2020, I directed the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy and now as Professor Emerita, I continue active engagement with the Center as a senior advisor. I continue to consult on an NIH-funded study (McDonald and Solomon, Co-PIs) that will integrate safe sleep counseling into the electronic medical record and facilitate pediatric advice to new parents. In addition, I am continuing to work on manuscripts with colleagues, advise doctoral students on injury related and other public health research, and provide guest lectures on behavioral science and injury topics.
Honors & Awards
Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award, CDC Foundation, 2015
Distinguished Career Award, American Public Health Association, ICEHS Section, 2015
American Public Health Association, Award for Excellence, 2013
American Academy of Health Behavior, 2012 Research Laureate
Named one of“20 for 20” Distinguished Leaders in Injury Prevention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012
Faculty Senate President, 2010
Society for Advancement of Injury and Violence Research (SAVIR) President, 2010
Environmental Justice Partnership, Award in Recognition of Addressing Environmental Health Concerns in Urban Communities, 2009
Home Safety Research Award from the Home Safety Council, 2008
Distinguished Career Award, American Public Health Association, PHEHP Section, 2002
Early Career Award, American Public Health Association, PHEHP Section, 1990.
Delta Omega, National Honorary Public Health Society, Alpha Chapter, 1989.
Sigma Xi, Honorary Scientific Research Society, Johns Hopkins University Chapter, 1989.
Select Publications
Recent publications (out of > 200)
  • Green LW, Gielen AC, Kreuter M, Petersen D, Ottoson J (Editors), Population Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation, Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press (February 2022)
  • Gielen AC, Bachman G, Badaki-Makun O, Johnson RM, McDonald E, Omaki E, Pollack Porter KM, Ryan L, Shields W. National survey of home injuries during the time of COVID-19: who is at risk? Inj Epidemiol. 2020 Nov 11;7(1):63. doi: 10.1186/s40621-020-00291-w. PMID: 33176881; PMCID: PMC7656093.
  • Omaki E, Castillo R, McDonald E, Eden K, Davis S, Frattaroli S, Rothman R, Shields W, Gielen A. My Healthy Choices Decision Aid Team. A patient decision aid for prescribing pain medication: Results from a pilot test in two emergency departments. Patient Educ Couns. 2020 Nov 26:S0738-3991(20)30646-7. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2020.11.022. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33280968.
  • Mahoney, P, Gielen, A, Bailey, M, Gabel, C. Applying the Haddon Matrix to Evaluate Sexual Assault Interventions on College Campuses. J Am Coll Health, 2019; (25):1-8.
  • Frattaroli S, Pollack Porter K, Omaki E, Vernick JS, Gielen AC. Creating and Disseminating a Resource for State Policy Makers About Injury and Violence Prevention: A Case Example of Translating Research to Policy. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2019 Jul 24. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001012. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31348150.
Case Study of Pennsylvania Fire Prevention
Dissemination Research in Child Safety
Community Partnerships for Child Safety
Evaluating a Web-Based Child Passenger Safety Program: Safety in Seconds v2.0
A Study of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Home Visiting Programs in the U.S.
Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy
Housing Characteristics and Child Injury Risks: A New Tool for Researchers and Policy Makers
An Academic Partnership to Enhance Pediatric Injury Prevention
Health Literacy and Child Injury Prevention
Center for Injury Research and Policy
Promoting Safety in the Baltimore Region: Expanding the Impact of the Johns Hopkins CARES Mobile Safety Center
National Fire Protection Association Safety Messaging Project
Data-Driven Capacity Building for the Baltimore City Fire Department
Community Based Participatory Research in Child Safety
Community Traffic Safety Programs Development and Evaluation
University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute, NCRR ARRA Supplement: Community Engagement
Active Living in Deisgn: Promoting Safety Supplement
Residential Sprinkler Technology: A Survey of U.S. Homeowners
Jamaica Road Traffic Safety
Infant Safe Sleep Intervention Trial
Injury Control Research Center
Ensuring Child Safety in For-Hire Rideshare Vehicles
Mind Your Meds Monday
Contract with National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention
A New m-Health Tool for Injury Prevention Anticipatory Guidance of Parents with Infants,
Child Injury Prevention
Seniors on the MOVE – A Feasibility Study