Welcome to the WVU Injury Control Research Center

Injury has been called the neglected disease of modern society.  Injuries are the leading cause of death for the first four decades of life, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. More than 179,000 individuals in the United States die each year as a result of unintentional injuries and violence, more than 29 million others suffer non-fatal injuries and over one-third of all emergency department visits each year are due to injuries. Most events that result in injury could be prevented if evidence-based public health strategies, practices, and policies were used throughout the nation.

The West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center (WVU ICRC) maintains a specific focus on populations residing in West Virginia, and throughout the surrounding Appalachian region. West Virginia is the only state that lies entirely within Appalachia.

The Appalachian region manifests many socioeconomic and public health challenges including exceptionally high injury rates and several unique injury problems. Several injury mechanisms contribute excessively to the injury disparities in West Virginia and the surrounding region.  An understanding of these mechanisms has led our Center to emphasize these injury problems in our prior and current work. 

These priority areas include motor-vehicle-related injuries, unintentional drug overdoses and poisonings (largely resulting from prescription drug misuse and abuse), falls among the elderly, occupational injuries and violence, traumatic brain injury, suicide and self harm, and intimate partner violence. Through specifically addressing the underserved and disadvantaged Appalachian region and the injury problems that plague it, the WVU ICRC research has regional, national, and international, implications.



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   News Highlights

  • Congratulations to student and faculty awardees at the 2014 WVU-ICRC Annual Awards Ceremony.  Toni Rudisill (shown below with WVU-ICRC Director Jeffrey Coben, MD) garnered the Outstanding Student Research Award in the ceremony on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the West Virginia Room of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.  Other awardees included Jeffrey Gregg, Student Travel Award; Keaton Hughes, who completed the Concentration in Injury Prevention and Control; and Motao Zhu, Ph.D., who received the Faculty Teaching Award.  For additional photos, and more information on these awards, click here.

  • Danielle Davidov, PhD, presented “Intimate Partner Violence in Appalachia:  Initial Findings and Future Implications,” as part of the WVU Injury Control Research Center’s Research Webinar Series, April 15, in the Hostler Auditorium at WVU's Health Sciences Center.
    The presentation will discussed initial results from an ongoing survey focused on intimate partner violence and related health outcomes in WVU Emergency Department and WVU Urgent Care patients. 
    A new video of Dr. Davidov's presentation has been added to the ICRC Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE4Is9JKlCQ.

  • Update: Application Deadline Revised: The West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center (WVU-ICRC) is now accepting funding applications for exploratory research in injury and/or violence prevention and control.  Application requirements are detailed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (link below). Budget information and justifications should be entered in the ICRC Budget Form documents (links below). 
The application deadline for funding is May 30, 2014 at 5 p.m.

  • Christiaan Abildso, PhD, MPH, presented "The Burden of Pedestrian- and Cyclist-Motor Vehicle Crashes (PCMVCs) and Costs in West Virginia: 2000-06," as part of the WVU Injury Control Research Center's Research Webinar Series, March 18, 2014 at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Abildso is an assistant professor in WVU's Department of Social and Behavior Sciences. To see a video recording of his presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DTF3cyRXJ0

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Recent Publications

  • Awan S, Nasrullah M. Use of Better Designed Hand Knotting Carpet Looms and Workplace Interventions to Improve Working Conditions of Adult Carpet Weavers and to Reduce Hazardous Child Labor in Carpet Weaving in Pakistan. Work. 44:95-103.
  • Bell JL, Collins JW, Tiesman H, Ridenour M, Konda S, Wolf L, Evanoff B.(2013) Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries to Nursing Care Facility Workers. In Press, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal.
  • Blüml V, Regier MD, Hlavin G, Rockett IRH, König F, Vyssoki B, Bschor T, Kapusta ND. Lithium in the public water supply and suicide mortality in Texas. Journal of Psychiatric Research.
  • Buckley, H., Tonmyr, L., Lewig, K., & Jack S. (2013). Factors influencing uptake of research evidence in child welfare: A synthesis of findings from Australia, Canada and Ireland. Child Abuse Review.      
  • Catallo C, Jack S, Ciliska D, MacMillan HL. (2013) Mixing a Grounded Theory Approach With a Randomized Controlled Trial Related to Intimate Partner Violence: What Challenges Arise for Mixed Methods Research? Nursing Research and Practice.
  • Coben JH and Zhu M. (2013). Keeping an eye on distracted driving.  JAMA. 309(9): 877-878. PMID: 23462782.
  • Conner KR, Bohnert AS, McCarthy JF, Valenstein M, Bossarte RM, Ignacio R, Lu N, Ilgen MA. Mental health comorbidity and suicide among 2.96 million men receiving care in the Veterans Health Administration System. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 2013;122(1):256-263. DOI: 10.1037/a0030163.
  • Cross KM, Gurka KK, Saliba S, Conaway M, Hertel J. (2013). Comparison of hamstring strain injury rates between male and female intercollegiate soccer athletes. Am J Sports Med. PMID: 23408592.
  • De Leo D, Too LS, Kolves K, Milner A, Ide N. Has the suicide rate risen with the 2011 Queensland floods? Journal of Loss and Trauma. 2013;18(2): 170-178. DOI: 10.1080/15325024.2012.684581.
  • De Leo D, Draper B, Snowdon J, Kolves K. (2013). Suicides in older adults: A case-control psychological autopsy study in Australia. Journal of Psychiatric Research.
  • Goldstein AL, Henriksen CA, Davidov DM, Kimber M, Pitre NY, Afifi TO. Childhood Maltreatment, Alcohol Use Disorders, and Treatment Utilization in a National Sample of Emerging Adults. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013;74:185-194.
  • Lipscomb HJ, Nolan J,  Patterson D, Sticca V, Myers DJ. (2013).  Safety, incentives, and the reporting of work-related injuries among union carpenters: “You’re pretty much screwed if you get hurt at work.”  American Journal of Industrial Medicine.56(4):389-99. PMID: 23109103DOI: 10.1002/ajim.22128.
  • MacMillan HL, Tanaka M, Duku E, Vaillancourt T, Boyle MH. Child physical and sexual abuse in a community sample of young adults: Results from the Ontario Child Health Study.Child Abuse and Neglect 2013;37:14-21. PMID: 23290623.    
  • Matthews MR, Zullig KJ. (2013). Evaluating the performance of a short loneliness scale among college students. Journal of College Student Development. 54(1):105-109.
  • Nadorff MR, Fiske A, Sperry JA, Petts R, Gregg JJ. (2013). Insomnia Symptoms, Nightmares and Suicidal Ideation in Older Adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. 68:145-152.
  • Ning X, Guo G.D. Assessing spinal loading using the kinect depth sensor: a feasibility study. The IEEE Sensors Journal.
  • Odwyer St, Moyle W, Zimmer-Gembeck M, De Leo D. Suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia: a pilot study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
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