Frederick P Rivara, MD, MPH

Frederick P Rivara, MD, MPH


  • Academic Title: Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington, School of Medicine Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology, University of Washington, School of Public Health Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, School of Med
  • Foundation Title: Children’s Hospital Guild Association Endowed Chair in Pediatric Health Outcomes Research
  • Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development
  • On Staff Since: February 1985
"An important part of our mission is that children should grow up without injury. My work over the past 25 years has been dedicated to making that hope a reality."
  • Biography

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    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Clinical Interests

    General pediatrics, Injury prevention

    Research Description

    I have devoted my career to studying childhood injury and injury prevention. I have conducted seminal research on the effectiveness of bicycle helmets and developed programs to promote helmet use that have been copied and implemented around the world. These programs have led to a significant reduction in the number of children sustaining bicycle-related traumatic brain injury and death.

    My research has contributed to a better understanding of the role of gun ownership in violence in the home, the impact of intimate partner violence on the family, the societal costs of intimate partner violence, the epidemiology and prevention of pedestrian injuries, the outcome after trauma in children and adults, the role of alcohol in trauma and the effect of brief intervention programs on reducing alcohol use, and the prevention of alcohol abuse.

    My current research is on the long term disability after traumatic brain injury in children, interventions to reduce the prevalence of PTSD after traumatic injury in adolescents, and the genetic factors associated with poor recovery from trauma. I am the author of over 390 publications, the majority on injury control.

    Research Focus Area

    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

  • Related Resources

    • Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center

      HIPRC is a worldwide leader in injury cause and prevention research. Founded in 1985, we are affiliated with UW & Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

    • Seattle Concussion Research Collaborative

      We are the Seattle Concussion Research Collaborative (SCRC) lab, housed at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Our lab is comprised of clinicians, researchers, public health specialists, and community representatives who are working together to better understand concussion risk and concussion prevention in children,

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