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Sabrina Walsh, Dr.P.H.
Dr. Sabrina Walsh serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Walsh expanded the Kentucky Injury Surveillance Project in 2002, to meet requirements for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Violent Death Reporting System. Dr. Walsh developed the CDC funded Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System, and serves as principal investigator. Together with Kentucky coroners, Dr. Walsh developed the statewide Coroner Investigation Report, used by nearly all county coroners and the Coroner Investigation Reporting Web-based System, used by over half of Kentucky’s 120 county coroners (the reports’ development and distribution are detailed in American Journal of Health Behavior). She has also designed curriculum for annual coroner in-service trainings aimed at improving coroner death investigations, record keeping, and reporting practices. Dr. Walsh holds a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences and a Doctor of Public Health concentrating in Biostatistics, both from the College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.
Additional public health publications are found in the Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association and Public Health Reports. Dr. Walsh has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Eastern Kentucky University and Asbury College. She has a background in Journalism and worked as a television reporter/producer, WTVQ Channel 36, Lexington KY; television producer, WROC Channel 8, Rochester, NY; news anchor/reporter, WHAM 1180 AM Radio, Rochester, NY; and in public television and radio, WXXI, Rochester, NY. She was selected as a 2007 contributing columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and produced six columns focusing on violence prevention and public health.
Dr. Walsh serves on state and national committees, including the Training and Infrastructure Committee for the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research. She presents yearly at various conferences and meetings, including the National Injury & Violence Prevention Research Conference, the Association of State Uniform Crime Reporting Programs, the Kentucky Public Health Association, and presents on national web casts.
Dr. Walsh’s primary research interests have focused on violence prevention, developing statewide surveillance and reporting systems, and system evaluation. She developed the Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System, which addresses the need for accurate surveillance and data analysis to identify those populations at risk for violent death. She conducts epidemiologic analyses to assist in the development of prevention strategies, including program evaluation. The power of the national system comes from its expansive scope. Successful anti-gang and youth suicide prevention programs were implemented with the help of the NVDRS. The NVDRS software can be tailored almost limitlessly to specific needs. Dr. Walsh was also principal investigator on a six-state pilot to develop a Nationwide Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Case Registry; results from the pilot have been implemented with the goal of full nationwide inclusion.
Dr. Walsh has spearheaded several population-based studies: differences in suicide between men and women, intimate partner violence and homicide-suicides, and is currently collaborating on an ecological study, and a study linking morbidity and mortality rates to geographic areas to prevent infant death.
Walsh S, Clayton R, Liu L, Hodges S. Divergence in Causative Factors for Suicide in Men and Women: National Recommendations to Raise Public Awareness. Forthcoming, Public Health Reports.
Barber CW, Azrael D, Hemenway D, Olson LM, Nie C, Schaechter J, Walsh S. Suicides and Suicide Attempts Following Homicide. Homicide Studies. 2008;12(3):285-297.
Walsh S, Dignan M, Caldwell G. The PAPM, Diffusion Theory, and Violent Death Surveillance. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2007;31(5):451-461.
Walsh S, Hemenway D. Intimate Partner Violence: Homicides Followed by Suicides in Kentucky. Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association. 2005;103:10-14.