Anna Waller, ScD

Research Professor - Department of Emergency Medicine Director - Carolina Center for Health Informatics Adjunct Faculty - Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health Core Faculty - Injury Prevention Research Center Graduate Faculty - School of Nursing

Training

Doctorate of Science:
Johns Hopkins University
School of Public Health
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Baltimore, MD

Fellowships:

  • Health Research Council of New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowship
    University of Otago
    Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
    Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit
    Dunedin, New Zealand
  • University of Otago Postdoctoral Fellowship
    University of Otago
    Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
    Injury Prevention Research Unit
    Dunedin, New Zealand

Research

Areas of Interest

As director of the Carolina Center for Health Informatics, Dr. Waller partners with the N.C. Division of Public Health to use near real-time data from emergency department visits and EMS responses to conduct syndromic surveillance for public health threats, including natural and human disasters, infectious and chronic disease, and injury and violence. As core faculty in the Injury Prevention Research Center, Dr. Waller addresses the opioid overdose epidemic in N.C. as well as broader injury and violence surveillance and research efforts. She has collaborated on projects addressing child maltreatment, traumatic brain injury and intimate partner violence. She also works with the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program on an ongoing effort to link motor vehicle crash data with health outcomes.

Dr. Waller has a strong interest in the use of secondary data to address emerging health issues. She works with public health practitioners at the state and local levels to identify health threats, develop and implement surveillance case definitions, and create and disseminate reports. Dr. Waller also works with prevention and intervention programs, identifying and procuring data to use for planning and evaluation efforts.

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Professional Societies & Memberships

  • International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS)
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM)
  • North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA)
  • North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System, Advisory Board
  • North Carolina Traffic Records Coordinating Committee

Special Honors & Awards

  • Best Paper in Biometrics by an IBS Member Award, International Biometric Society (IBS) (2011)
  • Best Poster Award, International Society of Disease Surveillance (ISDS) (2010)
  • Best Overall Paper Award, UNC Emergency Medicine Research Forum (1997)
  • Finalist for Zonta Science Award (New Zealand) (1992)