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About Us

Nancy L. Weaver

Nancy L. Weaver, PhD, MPH, is the Director of this project and an Assistant Professor at the Saint Louis University, School of Public Health, where she has directed numerous efforts to develop, evaluate and disseminate public health programs. Dr. Weaver has extensive expertise designing survey tools and health communication strategies and providing technical and training assistance to practitioners. Her currently funded projects aim to promote positive parenting practices in order to reduce child abuse and neglect and injury risk factors. Dr. Weaver teaches and presents nationally in the areas of injury control, health communication, health literacy, research methodology and program evaluation.

Children's Hospital

Children’s Hospital Association, advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. Representing more than 220 children’s hospitals, the Association is the voice of children’s hospitals nationally. The Association champions public policies that enable hospitals to better serve children and is the premier resource for pediatric data and analytics, driving improved clinical and operational performance of member hospitals. Formed in 2011, Children’s Hospital Association brings together the strengths and talents of three organizations: Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA), National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.). The Children’s Hospital Association has offices in Alexandria, VA, and Overland Park, KS.

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Trent D. Buskirk

Trent D. Buskirk, PhD, is a Global Research Director, Advance Methods with The Nielsen Company. Formerly an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics of the Saint Louis University School of Public Health, Dr. Buskirk has been conducting research relating to the use of cell phones in survey research for the past decade. He was among the first to explore the use of text messaging as pre-alerts/invitations for cell phone surveys. Dr. Buskirk recently served as the Principal Investigator on a grant funded project for developing and deploying a smartphone survey related to the use of health apps. His research interests also include dual frame weighting for cell phone surveys as well as mode effects related to cell phone surveys, online and in-person surveys. He has recently served on the AAPOR Cell Phone Task Force and is currently the Chair of the American Statistical Association's Survey Review Committee. While not pursing academic or professional pursuits, Trent serves as the "Resident Prince" to his two very young Princesses in Residence.  

Janice Williams

Janice Williams, MSED, CPHM, is the Director of the Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte North Carolina and the Injury Prevention Specialist with Levine Children’s Hospital. Her work revolves around translational research in implementing injury prevention programs in communities as well as directly serving the Charlotte community with programs. She began work with the Safe N’ Sound team in 2006 when studying the barriers and facilitators to adoption of the program in a pediatric healthcare system and has assisted since then as part of the project team.


Heather Jacobsen, MPH, is the owner of ClearApple Health Writing ( and specializes in writing plain language health materials. She also consults on content development issues for health communication research projects. She has collaborated with Dr. Nancy Weaver on childhood injury prevention projects since 1997.

Keri Jupka

Keri Jupka, MPH, has worked as a research coordinator at Saint Louis University School of Public health since 2001. She manages federal, state, local and foundation grants for two SLU faculty researchers. She specializes in health communication, qualitative and formative methods and has worked in the areas of colorectal and prostate cancer screening and prevention, organizational health literacy, tobacco control, physical activity and nutrition, vaccination promotion and childhood injury prevention. Ms. Jupka received her MPH from SLU in 2001.  

Victoria Kortlandt

Victoria Kortlandt, BA,has research experience in a wide variety of fields including psychology, neurology, and maternal child health. She currently works as a data analyst and assistant for injury prevention research at Saint Louis University School of Public Health, where she is pursuing her masters in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Her work primarily consists of unpacking survey data to understand hospital benchmarking and decision making. She works with partners and supervisors to inform approaches for injury prevention practices.

Salwa Maalouf

Salwa Maalouf, MA, has research experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has worked on a number of projects in the fields of psychology, political economy and public health. She is the co-author on three papers in peer–reviewed journals in the field of Health Management and Policy. Her interests include community based interventions and international work. She is currently an assistant for injury prevention and dissemination project at the School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, where she is also pursuing a Master in Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

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