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Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Professor to Receive APHA Excellence in Science Award

Dr. Guohua Li, FinsterFinster Professor, Mailman School of Public Health professor of Epidemiology, and the founding director of Columbia’s Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention, will receive the   Excellence in Science Award of the American Public Health Association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section for his outstanding contribution to the science of injury epidemiology and prevention and for his leadership in advancing the academic field of injury control and prevention through his pioneering research and training programs.   He will be presented with the award at the APHA annual meeting in Chicago in November.


[Photo: Dr. Guohua Li]

Dr. Li has published over 200 manuscripts in peer-review journals, and is co-author of the influential text, Injury Fact Book, and the reference book Injury Research: Theories, Methods, and Approaches.  Dr. Li was awarded the Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize in 1999 for developing the decomposition method linking injury mortality to exposure prevalence, incidence density and case fatality, and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 for his pioneering work on pilot aging and flight safety. Currently, Dr. Li is working on projects aimed at understanding and controlling the epidemic of drug overdose and drugged driving, and uncovering the dynamics of injury risk and injury-disease interaction during the process of aging. He serves as the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Injury Epidemiology ( and is the principal investigator for the LongROAD project (Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers) ( ), a multi-center cohort study of 3000 older adult drivers sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.