Michael Mello, MD, MPH
The Injury Prevention Center's director is Michael Mello, MD, MPH. He is a principal investigator on projects funded by the NIH, the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Mello is also a practicing physician with the University Emergency Medicine Foundation, former president of Rhode Island chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and national president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research. Mello has 20 years of experience teaching medical students and residents, and is co-director of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University's community health clerkship. He is an associate professor in the department of emergency medicine and community health at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Ted Nirenberg, PhD
Ted Nirenberg, PhD, is prinicipal investigator for the RYDD Project and co-principal investigator of IFCK of Providence, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown Medical School, and faculty member of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. He served for ten years as editor of the Journal of Substance Abuse, and has published more than 70 articles and four books on the assessment, treatment and prevention of substance abuse. Nirenberg's research has been funded by the Veterans Administration, Rhode Island Division of Substance Abuse, NIDA, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company, among others.
Lynne Palmisciano, MD
Lynne Palmisciano, MD, is co-principal investigator of Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Providence as well as a specialist in pediatric emergency medicine and an attending physician in Hasbro Children Hospital's emergency department. Palmisciano is also an assitant professor (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She teaches and mentors fellows and residents in pediatric and emergency medicine. Her research projects include a program to place toy recall posters in pediatricians' offices, scooter injuries and EMS protocols.
James Linakis, MD, PhD
James Linakis, MD is an IPC researcher and currently associate professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown Unviersity and associate director of pediatric emergency medicine at Hasbro Children's Hospital. He attended University of Oregon Health Sciences Center where he received a PhD in medical biopsychology and Yale University School of Medicine where he received his medical degree. Linakis completed a residency in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a combined fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine and toxicology at Children's Hospital in Boston. He has conducted research in the areas of toxicology and injury prevention and in healthcare delivery.
Janette Baird, PhD
Janette Baird, PhD is a co-investigator and the project manager for several IPC research projects. Baird has a PhD in experimental psychology and is interested in behavior change research. She is an assistant porfessor of emergency medicine (research) at Brown Medical School.
Julie Bromberg, MPH, CCRP
Julie Bromberg is senior clinical research coordinator at the Injury Prevention Center. Currently she is project manager for two IPC studies. She holds a masters degree in public health and a bachelors in anthropology.
Esther Choo, MD, MPH
Esther Choo, MD MPH is an IPC researcher and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her residency training was at Boston Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She completed a health services research fellowship and obtained a Master in Public Health degree at Oregon Health & Science University. The goal of her research is to use technology to improve services for women with high risk health conditions, including substance use and partner violence. She is currently supported by a career development (K23) award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Traci Green, PhD
Traci Green, PhD is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on drug abuse, addiction, and injury. She earned a master of science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University and a PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University where she was both a Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS pre-doctoral fellow and an individual Kirschstein-National Research Services Award pre-doctoral fellow. Currently, she is the Director of Public Health Research and Methodology at Inflexxion, Inc., and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. She chairs the Rhode Island Drug Overdose Prevention and Rescue Subcommittee for the Rhode Island Department of Health. Her research is supported by the Centers for disease Control and Prevention, the Tufts/Lifespan/Brown Center for AIDS Research, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Dina Morrissey, MD, MPH
Dina Morrissey, MD, MPH is the program coordinator for community activities at the IPC. She coordinates the Injury Free Coalition for Kids in Providence program, the Safe Kids RI program, Kohl's Cares for Kids on the Go program, and the IPC Home Safety programs. Morrissey earned her MD degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed a residency in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Morrissey has practiced as a primary care pediatrician and recently earned an MPH from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She enjoys working at the IPC to help keep kids safe throughout Rhode Island.
Megan Ranney, MD, MPH
Megan Ranney is an IPC researcher and attending emergency physician at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. Her primary areas of interest include motorcycle safety and prevention of injuries from youth violence. She has also spent significant amounts of time working in Kenya on sexual assault and domestic violence prevention efforts. She completed the Brown Emergency Medicine Residency Program, a two-year reasearch fellowship at the IPC that also included obtaining her MPH degree from Brown University.
Alison Riese, MD
Alison Riese, MD is currently completing a two year research fellowship with the Injury Prevention Center. She received her medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School and recently completed her Pediatrics residency at the Hasbro Children's Hospital/Brown University Program. Her research interests involve youth violence, particularly increasing screening and counseling in primary care as well as strengthening support for victims post-injury. In addition, she works in the Hasbro Emergency Department and is pursuing her MPH at Brown.
Sarah Bowman, MPH
Sarah Bowman is a project manager at the Injury Prevention Center. Her areas of interest include overdose death prevention and response, drug use, prisoner health and LGBTQ health. She holds a masters degree in public health from Yale School of Public Health.
Andrea Cheli graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA in Psychology. She has plans to return to school for her doctorate, with an emphasis in family dynamics and structures. She is currently a research assistant with the RYDD program.
Alyssa Hozey is a clinical research assistant for the ReDIAL study in the Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital's emergency departments. Alyssa holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Rhode Island College.
Manuel Ortiz is a clinical research assistant for the community activities at the IPC and for the ReDIAL study in the Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital's emergency departments. Manuel holds a bachelor of science in biology with a pre-medical concentration from Providence College and is fluent in Spanish.
Christina Sales is a clinical research assistant for the ReDIAL study in the Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital's emergency departments and for the DOVE study at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Christina holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Rhode Island College and a master of arts in psychology from Rhode Island College.
Valerie Hastings Strezsak
Valerie Hastings is a program coordinator for the ReDIAL study in the Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital's emergency departments. Valerie holds a master of science in epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and bachelor of arts in human evolutionary biology from Harvard University.