Dr. Karen Liller appointed to the FIVPAC

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USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Karen Liller has been appointed to the Florida Injury and Violence Prevention Advisory Council (FIVPAC) as the research committee chair for a three-year term which began on August 1.

The FIVPAC was created to provide injury prevention research and practice expertise and to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of the 2014–2016 Florida Injury Prevention State Plan. Appointed council and goal team members are assigned to one of the state plan’s prioritized goals.

This group of approximately 50 individuals includes representatives from key state agencies, the medical community, injury prevention advocacy groups and non-profit agencies, university systems, research facilities, county health departments, laypersons, law enforcement, health educators and injury prevention specialists.

“This council will play a vital role in the continued development and evolution of Florida’s injury and violence prevention programs and also ensure the progress of injury and violence initiatives and goals statewide,” said FIVPAC Division Director Wayne North. “We believe that your [Liller’s] expertise and work on this Council will serve well to advance these efforts.”

Karen Liller, PhD, CPH, AAAS Fellow (Photo courtesy of Liller)

Karen Liller, PhD, CPH, AAAS Fellow (Photo courtesy of Liller)

Liller is a professor in the Department of Community and Family Health specializing in injury prevention.  She has served as associate dean for academics and student affairs in the COPH, dean of the USF Graduate School, and associate vice president for USF Office of Research and Innovation.

Liller’s teaching, research, and service activities largely focus on public health and the prevention of children’s unintentional injuries. She has been the recipient of several awards and honors such as the first State of Florida Injury Prevention Award, the Tampa Bay Business Healthcare Hero Award and was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She has also published extensively in top peer-reviewed publications and was named one of the top 15 national women scholars in health education and health promotion in 2012.

Liller is excited to continue researching and implementing injury prevention programs on behalf of the FIVPAC.

“This appointment me will allow me the opportunity to help the research efforts in injury prevention in Florida, develop new projects and strategies with measureable outcomes, and provide students the opportunity to work with me on various initiatives with the goal of decreasing injury morbidity and mortality,” Liller said.

Story by Caitlin Keough, USF College of Public Health