Joyce Pressley

Joyce Pressley

Joyce Pressley

Our failure to scale up and ensure access to effective injury interventions is a key contributor to disparities in life expectancy.
Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Medical Center
Co-Director, Department of Epidemiology, Practicum and Executive Thesis Programs


722 West 168th Street, 812G
New York, NY USA 10032
- -


Dr. Pressley's experience in research, teaching and injury prevention is multidisciplinary--crossing the disciplinary boundaries of public health policy, epidemiology, emergency medicine, critical care, economics and health care management. She has chaired and served on several national organizations and committees whose missions are to address injury and violence. Her ongoing research interests include use of large, multiple-sourced data sets to investigate modifiable factors related to motor vehicle (MV) crash outcomes, the impact of laws and technological advances in occupant safety including rapidly advancing automated vehicle features, comorbid disease risk and MV crash outcomes and the use of trauma centers and translational science to scale up proven effective interventions. She has authored studies and mentored students doing research in occupant protection across the age span covering issues such as substance use, child endangerment, crash characteristics and outcomes across the age span, the impact of policies and laws on MV occupant safety and the economic burden of MV injury. As part of her early work on disparities in life expectancy, she developed the Socioeconomic Model of Functional Decline, a theoretical framework used to study injury-related disparities and the Active Life Expectancy Functional Impairment (ALE) Scale to improve the ability to quantify factors associated with active and disabled life expectancy. Dr. Pressley developed and piloted the Comprehensive Injury Risk Assessment and Reduction which identifies modifiable risk arising from four major contributing sources: the home, community, individual intrinsic (symptoms, health status, comorbid diseases, physical and cognitive profile) and medical care/rehabilitation. She has research and grants management experience gained while serving as PI of private foundation grants, two NIH-funded grants including serving as PI of the Injury Research Core of an NIH-funded P50 Center grant on health disparities and from working with a CDC-funded Injury Control Research Center.



PhD, 1996, Duke University
MPH, 1980, University of South Carolina at Columbia
BA, 1975, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mailman Affiliations

Faculty lead, Injury Prevention and Control Certificate, Department of Epidemiology
Co-Director, Education and Training, Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention

Editorial Boards

Injury Epidemiology

Columbia Affiliations

Chair, University Seminar Series for Injury Control

Other Affiliations

Member, Motor Vehicle National Peer Learning Team, 2017
Chair, Scientific Program Committee, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, APHA, 2014-2015, (CoChair, 2016-2017)
Chair, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, APHA, 2007-2009
Governing Councilor, American Public Health Association, 2009-2013

Honors & Awards

President's Award, Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, 2017

Areas of Expertise

Aging and Elderly, Adolescent Health, Child Health and Development, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Injury Prevention, Minority Health, Urban Health

Select Publications

Oh, SA, Liu C, Pressley JC. Fatal pediatric motor vehicle crashes on U.S. Native American Indian lands compared to adjacent Non-Indian lands: Restraint use and injury by driver, vehicle, roadway and crash characteristics. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2017;doi:10.3390/ijerph14111287.
Kalesan B, Adhikarla C, Pressley JC, Fagan JA, Galea S. The hidden epidemic of firearm injury: Increasing firearm injury rates during 2001-2013. American Journal of Epidemiology 2017; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kww147.
Pressley JC and Branas CC. Trauma centre synergies can move injury science to effective injury prevention. Injury Prevention 2017; doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042481.
Liu C and Pressley JC. Side impact motor vehicle crashes: driver, passenger, vehicle and crash characteristics for fatally and nonfatally-injured rear-seated adults. Injury Epidemiology 2016:2016 Dec;3(1):23.
Liu C, Huang Y and Pressley JC. Restraint use and risky driving behaviors across drug types and drug and alcohol combinations for drivers involved in a fatal motor vehicle collision on U.S. roadways. Injury Epidemiology 2016:3:9 Epub 2016.
Huang Y, Liu C, Pressley JC. Child restraint use and driver screening in fatal crashes involving drugs and alcohol. Pediatrics 2016; doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-0319 Epub.
Pressley JC, Gatollari HJ, Liu C. Rear seat belt laws and restraint use in rear-seated teen passengers traveling in passenger vehicles involved in a fatal collision on a U.S. roadway. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2016 Oct;81(4 Suppl 1):S36-43.
Raneses E and Pressley JC. Factors associated with mortality in rear-seated adult passengers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes on US roadways. Injury Epidemiology 2015; 2:5;1-12.
Pressley JC and Patrick CH Frailty bias in co-morbidity risk adjustments of community-dwelling elderly populations. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 1999; 52:753-760.
Pressley JC, Barlow B, Quitel L and Jaffri A Improving access to comprehensive injury risk assessment and risk factor reduction in older adult populations. American Journal of Public Health 2007;97:676-678.

Back to Top