Research Projects

Current Projects

Research at HIPRC spans the continuum of injury prevention and response.

Our work includes epidemiological research to determine injury causes and risk factors. After injury occurs, we also study acute care of trauma patients by medical providers as well as rehabilitation and recovery in the hospital, home, and community.

Center studies are designed to:

  • Track the type, causes, treatment and consequences of injuries
  • Use epidemiological tools to identify risk factors for injury
  • Develop and evaluate new injury-prevention programs, using behavior change, community education, government action, and product- environment modification
  • Use the principles of biomechanics to study injury causes and treatment
  • Develop more effective ways to resuscitate and treat injury victims
  • Improve rehabilitation strategies by identifying injury-related disability and long-term effects
  • Train new investigators in the field of injury research
  • Educate health professionals, policy makers, and the public about trauma’s magnitude, costs, and prevention

Complete List of Current Research Projects. Select a Section :

Project Pl
A Trial to Prevent Opioid Overdose: E.D. Based Intervention & Take-home Naloxone Caleb Banta-Green, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
A Wearable Health Device to Promote Teenagers’ Physical Activity: A Pilot RCT Jason Mendoza, Pediatrics
Abnormal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in Children after Concussion Monica Vavilala, Anesthesiology
Addition of Pediatric TBI Data To NIH FITBIR Database Fred Rivara, Pediatrics
Amitriptyline to Prevent Headache after Traumatic Brian Injury Nancy Temkin, Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics
Assessment Of Long Term Outcome & Disability In Active-Duty Military Prospectively Examined Following Concussive Traumatic Brain Injury Christine Mac Donald, Neurological Surgery
Best practice guideline adherence and outcomes in severe pediatric TBI treatment in Argentina Monica Vavilala, Anesthesiology
Brain-Heart Interactions in TBI Monica Vavilala, Anesthesiology
Cerebral Autoregulation and Outcomes After TBI Monica Vavilala, Anesthesiology
Child Safety Seat Intervention for Pacific Northwest Tribes Beth Ebel, Pediatrics
Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) examines the long-term effects of combat-related and military-relevant TBI Nancy Temkin, Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics
Concussion and Driving Risk Beth Ebel, Pediatrics
Concussion in College Athletes Sara Chrisman, Pediatrics
Cookstove-Related BURN Injury Investigations in Nepal and Ghana (BURNING) Barclay Stewart, Surgery
Disparities in Disability after Traumatic Brain Injury for Hispanic Children Nathalia Jimenez, Anesthesiology
Drowning and resuscitation Linda Quan, Pediatrics
Educating Teen Drivers Linda Boyle, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Effect Of Treatment On Outcome After TBI in Children and Adolescents Fred Rivara, Pediatrics
Nancy Temkin, Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics
Effects of Cannabis on Driving Beth Ebel, Pediatrics
Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Epidemiology
Effects of Concussion on Driving Beth Ebel, Pediatrics
Ensuring equal access to trauma care in Washington state through system modeling Rebecca Maine, Surgery
ERPO (Extreme Risk Protection Orders) in the State of Washington Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Epidemiology
Fred Rivara, Pediatrics
Evaluation of a Walking School Bus Program: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial Jason Mendoza, Pediatrics
Evaluation of Initial Washington Department of Health Prescription Monitoring Program Implementation Caleb Banta-Green, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
Evaluation Of Longitudinal outcomes in mild TBI Active-Duty Military and Veterans (EVOLVE Study) Christine Mac Donald, Neurological Surgery
First Clinical Test of Feasibility of Ultrasound to Reposition Kidney Stones Hunter Wessells, Surgery
Gun ownership and storage in Washington state Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Epidemiology
Health Literacy After Traumatic Brain Injury Megan Moore, Social Work
Helping Individuals with Firearm Injuries Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Epidemiology
Impact of Aging on the Immune Response to Traumatic Brain Injury Nancy Temkin, Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics
Hilaire Thompson, Biobehavioral Nursing
Impact Of Cannabis On Impaired Drivers In Washington Caleb Banta-Green, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
Impact of Earned Income Tax Credit on multiple forms of violence Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Epidemiology
Implementation Science Methods to Increase Adherence to Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines Monica Vavilala, Anesthesiology
Improving health outcomes after traumatic injury for vulnerable populations Megan Moore, Social Work
Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Epidemiology
Improving Indo-US Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes Monica Vavilala, Anesthesiology
Injury Prevention in Ghana Charles Mock, Surgery
Intervention On Victims Of Gun Violence Fred Rivara, Pediatrics
Managing Severe TBI without ICP monitoring – Guidelines Development and Testing Nancy Temkin, Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics
Mental Illness and Injury Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Epidemiology
Mental Illness and Injury Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Epidemiology
Multidisciplinary Training in Benign Urology Hunter Wessells, Surgery
Native Children Always Ride Safely (Native CARS) Beth Ebel, Pediatrics
Neuropathology of CTE and Delayed Effects of TBI: Toward In-Vivo Diagnostics Hilaire Thompson, Biobehavioral Nursing
Patient-provider communication for patients with communication disorders Hilaire Thompson, Biobehavioral Nursing
Patient-provider communication for patients with communication disorders Hilaire Thompson, Biobehavioral Nursing
Pediatric Injury Research Training Program (T32) Fred Rivara, Pediatrics
Monica Vavilala, Anesthesiology
Beth Ebel, Pediatrics
Pilot study on the effectiveness of a cognitive training intervention to prevent falls in older adults with mild cognitive impairment Hilaire Thompson, Biobehavioral Nursing
Prehospital Tranexamic Acid Use for Traumatic Brian Injury Eileen Bulger, M.D.
Preparing Acute Care Nurse Practitioners for Care of Adults and Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions Hilaire Thompson, Biobehavioral Nursing
Public Health and Safety Impacts of Marijuana Retail Stores on Communities Caleb Banta-Green, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute
Qualitative Outcomes Of Urethral Reconstruction Following Urethral Injury Bryan Voelzke, Urology
Relationship of cognitive decline and automobile crash risk Laura Blanar, Health Services
Social Work Intervention for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (SWIFT): A Pilot Study Megan Moore, Social Work
Stop the Bleed Eileen Bulger, Surgery
Strengthening Injury Control Research in Ghana and West Africa Beth Ebel, Pediatrics
Structural & Programmatic Effects of Bus Rapid Transit on Physical Activity Fred Rivara, Pediatrics
Brian Saelens, Pediatrics
Telephone Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain after Traumatic Brian Injury Nancy Temkin, Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics
The Bicycle Train and Children’s Physical Activity: A Pilot Cluster RCT Jason Mendoza, Pediatrics
Topical Modulation of the Burn Wound Inflammatory Response to improve Short and Long Term Outcomes Saman Arbabi, Surgery
Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI): Improving outcome assessments and effectiveness and costs of tests, treatments and services Nancy Temkin, Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics
Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brian Injury (TRACK Study) Christine Mac Donald, Neurological Surgery
Trauma Genomics Ronald Maier, Surgery
Traumatic Brain Injury Endpoints Development (TED Study) Christine Mac Donald, Neurological Surgery
University of Washington Comparative Effectiveness Research Career Development Program (K12) Beth Ebel, Pediatrics
Urethral Tissue Repair Due to Battlefield Injury Hunter Wessells, Surgery
UroEDIC II: Risk and Progression of Urological Complications of Type 1 Diabetes Hunter Wessells, Surgery
Using Injury Severity to Improve Occupational Traumatic Injury Trend Estimates Jeanne Sears, Health Services
UW Traumatic Brian Injury Model System: Rehabilitation care and outcomes Nancy Temkin, Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics
Youth sports concussion: Epidemiology, injury and outcome Fred Rivara, Pediatrics