Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD

Office Location902, Blockley Hall
Office Phone215-746-0149
Personal Website

Faculty Information

CCEB AppointmentSenior Scholar, Epidemiology
Primary Faculty AppointmentAssociate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman SOM

Additional Positions

Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (secondary)

Associate Professor, Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania (secondary)

Co-Director, Cartographic Modeling Lab, University of Pennsylvania

Senior Fellow, Center for Health Behavior Research, University of Pennsylvania

Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Associate, Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania

Criminologist/Epidemiologist, FICAP (Firearm & Injury Center at Penn), University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Member, Graduate Program in Public Health Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, England

President, Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)

Research Statement

Dr. Wiebe's research interests include environmental risk factors for injury, the methodologic challenges of activity pattern measurement and exposure measurement, and the impact of daily routines on health-related behavior. A number of his studies examine how keeping a firearm at home relates to homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings of household members. Dr. Wiebe also studies issues of the clinical management of trauma and mild traumatic brain injury. One study he leads, funded by the Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, aims to understand the timeline to recovery for children who have sustained a concussion.

Dr. Wiebe leads a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to measure the extent to which adolescents are exposed to risk and protective factors over the course of their daily activities, and investigate the impact of exposure on the likelihood of being assaulted (Space-Time Adolescent Risk Study). He also leads a study funded by the NIH to determine injury prevention priorities in the United States.

Dr. Wiebe holds an Independent Scientist Award from the NIH (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). He also holds a Visiting Scholar appointment in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, England, where he spends time conducting research each summer.

Dr. Wiebe is a member of the American College of Epidemiology and of the Board of Directors of SAVIR (Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research), serves as a reviewer for journals including the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Epidemiology, British Medical Journal, and Pediatrics, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma, and serves on study sections for the Center for Scientific Review at the NIH, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Wiebe also teaches two courses. He received the Teaching Award in the MSCE Program (Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology) in 2008/09, and in the Perelman School of Medicine in 2012 he received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching.

Courses Taught

Epidemiologic Study of Geography & Health (PUBH517) in the Graduate Program in Public Health Studies.

Measurement of Exposure, Disease and Health (EP542) in the Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology program.

Selected Publications

Wiebe DJ, Guo W, Allison PD, Anderson E, Richmond TS, Branas CC. Fears of violence during morning travel to school. Journal of Adolescent Health (in press).

Wiebe DJ, Collins MW, Nance ML. Identification and validation of prognostic criteria for persistence of mild traumatic brain injury-related impairment in the pediatric patient. Pediatric Emergency Care 2012;28:498-502.

Wiebe DJ, Blackstone MM, Mollen CJ, Culyba AJ, Fein JA. Self-reported violence-related outcomes for adolescents within eight weeks of emergency department treatment for assault injury. J Ad Health 2011;49:440-2.

Weiner J, Richmond TS, Conigliaro J, Wiebe DJ. Military veteran mortality following a survived suicide attempt. BMC Public Health 2011;11:374.

Wiebe DJ. Stress associated with interviewing for public health research. Am J Public Health 2010;100(12):2332-2333.

Basta LA, Richmond TS, Wiebe DJ. Neighborhoods, daily activities, and measuring health risks in urban environments. Soc Sci Med 2010;71(11)1943-1950.

Nance ML, Carr BG, Kallan M, Branas CC, Wiebe DJ. Variation in pediatric and adolescent firearm mortality between rural and urban America. Pediatrics 2010;125:1112-8.

Wiebe DJ, Krafty RT, Koper CS, Nance ML, Elliott MR, Branas CC. Homicide and geographic access to gun dealers in the United States. BMC Public Health 2009;9:199.

Nance ML, Polk-Williams A, Collins MW, Wiebe DJ. Neurocognitive evaluation of mild traumatic brain injury in the hospitalized pediatric population. Annals of Surgery 2009;249(5):859-63.

Duchossois GP, Nance ML, Wiebe DJ. Evaluation of child safety seat checkpoint events. Accident Analysis & Prevention 2009;40:1908-12.

Nance ML, Nadkarni VM, Hedrick HL, Cullen JA, Wiebe DJ. Effect of preextracorporeal membrane oxygenation ventilation days and age on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation survival in critically ill children. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2009;44(8):1606-10.

Wiebe DJ, Carr BG, Datner EM, Elliott MR, Richmond TS. Feasibility of an automated telephone survey to enable prospective monitoring of subjects whose confidentiality is paramount: a four-week cohort study of partner violence recurrence after Emergency Department discharge. Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations 2008;5:1.

Wiebe DJ, Nance ML, Branas CC. Determining objective injury prevention priorities. Injury Prevention 2006;12:347-50.

Nance ML, Holmes JH, Wiebe DJ. Timeline to operative intervention for solid organ injuries in children. Journal of Trauma 2006;61:1389-92.

Wiebe DJ, Branas CB. Bias when using dead controls to study handgun purchase as a risk factor for violent death. Injury Prevention 2003;9:381-2.

Wiebe DJ. Sex differences in the perpetrator-victim relationship among emergency department patients presenting with non-fatal firearm-related injuries. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2003;42:405-12.

Wiebe DJ. Firearms in US homes as a risk factor for unintentional gunshot fatality. Accident Analysis & Prevention 2003;35:711-6.

Wiebe DJ. Homicide and suicide risks associated with firearms in the home: a national case-control study. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2003;41:771-82.

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