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Bernadette Hohl, PhD, MPH

Past President

Bernadette Hohl, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Rutgers University School of Public Health. She also has an appointment in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University – Newark. Dr. Hohl received her PhD (2013) and MPH (2007) in Social and Behavioral Health from Temple University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Urban Health Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she secured state funding to establish the New Jersey Center on Gun Violence Research where she serves as its Co-Director.

Dr. Hohl’s 20-year violence prevention career began with her work as a community educator providing prevention programming on child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and harassment to a variety of audiences. She led efforts to implement comprehensive school and community approaches to improve student access to mental health services and youth violence prevention for at risk communities. This work informed her graduate work and current research agenda. Her work employs mixed methods, community based participatory research approaches and epidemiological study designs to examine the influence of social and physical neighborhood factors on community well-being, youth development and violence.

She has participated in several community and academic partnerships to address factors that negatively affect health and safety issues facing urban, minority, and disadvantaged communities; including two CDC-funded Youth Violence Prevention Centers. She has organized teams of community, city and academic stakeholders to assess community needs, design, and implement interventions and disseminate results. Her current research focuses on identifying modifiable community level risk factors for violence and in turn developing and testing place-based interventions to address those factors. She has extensive teaching and curriculum development experience at both graduate- and undergraduate-levels. She has also mentored PhD and post-doctoral students in the areas of gun violence prevention.

Dr. Hohl has been an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) since 2009. She served as a member and Chair of the Science and Research Committee during which time she helped develop the SAVIR Mentoring Program, ran the Outstanding Science Award selection for several conferences, and facilitated the development of reports highlighting important injury research conducted by SAVIR membership. She served on the Conference Planning Committee for the 2015 and 2017 SAVIR conferences, the Program Planning Sub-committee for the 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 conferences and the Nominations Committee. She received the SAVIR Service Award in 2017 in recognition of these efforts. She is currently a member of the SAVIR Board of Directors.

Dr. Hohl is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of communities, particularly those facing high rates of violence and structural disadvantage and recognizes the importance of organizations, particularly SAVIR, in unifying the voices behind evidence-based solutions to these and other injury problems. As President, she will use her knowledge and expertise to advance SAVIR’s mission to provide leadership and excellence in the science of violence and injury prevention and care. Her ability to work across traditional and non-traditional sectors to advance and fund injury and violence prevention research will assist her leads SAVIR in its goals of growing our membership, expanding external funding opportunities, and elevating evidence-informed policies and practices. She will also work to elevate the work of our scientists through her connections to governmental and non-governmental partners, ensuring that SAVIR is the organization to which they turn for evidence-based solutions to injury and violence. She will develop linkages across practice partners.

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