Deborah Girasek, PhD, MPH

Deborah C. Girasek, PhD, MPH

Name: Deborah C. Girasek, PhD, MPH

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Professor & Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
Faculty Rank: 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Social & Behavioral Aspects of Unintentional Injury Control

Office Phone: 
(301) 295-9775


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Maryland
M.P.H. University of Michigan School of Public Health, Michigan

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • Member of Editorial Board, Injury Epidemiology (2013-present)
  • Member of DoD;s Military Injury Working Group, in support of the 3 Star Safety & Occupational Health Steering Group (2014-present)
  • Member of the National Park Service's Drowning Prevention Advisory Board (2014-2016)
  • Paper was one of six selected from the journal “Injury Prevention’s” 20 year publication history, based upon its impact on the field (2015)
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Biomedical Graduate Educator Award, USUHS (2014)
  • Appointed to the NOAA Operations and Assessment Team for Hurricane and Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy (aka "Superstorm Sandy") (2012-13)
  • (Selected Additional Publications) Girasek DC. Advice From Bereaved Parents: on Forming Partnerships for Injury Prevention. Health Promotion Practice 6(2):207-213, 2005.
  • Wegner MV, Girasek DC. How readable are child safety seat instructions? Pediatrics 111(3):588-591, 2003.
  • Girasek DC, Gielen AC, Smith GS. Alcohol’s contribution to fatal injuries: a report on public perceptions. Annals of Emergency Medicine 39:622-630, 2002.
  • Girasek DC. How members of the public interpret the word accident. Injury Prevention 5:19-25, 1999.


  • Girasek DC, Marschall JS, Pope D. Patterns of behavior that pose potential drowning risk to hikers at Yosemite National Park. Journal of Travel Medicine 23(1):tav016, 2016. doi: 10.1093/jtm/tav016.
  • Girasek DC, Marschall JS, Pope D. Understanding Hikers Who Approached a Hazardous River in Yosemite National Park. Injury Prevention. Published Online First:28 September 2015 doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041625.
  • Girasek DC. Gauging Popular Support for Traffic Safety in the United States. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 50:1112–1117, 2013.
  • Girasek DC. Towards operationalizing and measuring the Traffic Safety Culture construct. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 9(1):37- 46, 2012.
  • Girasek DC. Evaluation of a brief intervention designed to increase CPR training among pregnant pool owners. Health Education Research. 26(4):689-97, 2011.
  • Girasek DC, Taylor B. An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Motor Vehicle Safety Features. Traffic Injury Prevention 11(2):151-155, 2010.
  • McKibben JBA, Ekselius L, Girasek DC, Gould NF, Holzer III C, Rosenberg M, Dissanaike S, Gielen, AC. Epidemiology of burn injuries II: Psychiatric and behavioural perspectives. International Review of Psychiatry, 21(6): 1–10, 2009.
  • Girasek DC, Olsen CH. Airline Passengers' Alcohol Use and Its Safety Implications.Journal of Travel Medicine 16(5):311-316, 2009.
  • Girasek DC, Olsen CH. Usual seatbelt practices reported by airline passengers surveyed in gate areas of a U.S. airport. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 78:1050-1054, 2007.
  • Girasek DC. Would society pay more attention to injuries if the injury control community paid more attention to risk communication science? (Commentary) Injury Prevention 12:71-73, 2006.