Kelly K. Gurka, MPH, PhD
Kelly Gurka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine. Dr. Gurka earned an MPH in epidemiology at the University of Birmingham, after which she served as a maternal and child health epidemiologist in the Alabama Department of Public Health. She then earned a PhD in epidemiology with an emphasis in injury prevention and control from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the recipient of the 2007 Susan P. Baker Student Paper Prize. Prior to joining WVU in July 2010, she was an assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and collaborated extensively with the Department of Emergency Medicine on research projects.
Dr. Gurka has conducted research related to workplace homicide. She is particularly interested in occupational injuries to women perpetrated by intimate partners as well as prescription drug misuse and abuse. Dr. Gurka is currently the WVU consortium principle-investigator for a clinic-based prenatal education intervention and a co-investigator on the SMART-ED study, a screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) trial for substance use and abuse, being conducted in the WVU Emergency Department. She is also collaborating with researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on workplace violence projects.
Dr. Gurka enjoys teaching both epidemiology and injury research methods; she is the course director for PUBH 705: Injury Control Research Methods. She also serves on the Science committee for the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research and is a member of the American Public Health Association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section.