Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Division of Violence Prevention
Address: 4770 Buford Highway, N.E.
Mailstop K68
Atlanta, GA 30341
USA

The Division of Violence Prevention oversees prevention research, surveillance, and programs in youth violence, family and intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual assault and suicide. The Division has three Branches and includes staff from multiple disciplines in psychology, behavioral science, medicine, and public health.

VPA focal person

Dr. James A. Mercy, Ph.D.
Special Advisor for Global Activities
Division of Violence Prevention
Tel: +1 770 488 4723
Fax: +1 770 488 4221
Email: jmercy@cdc.gov

James A. Mercy, Ph.D., is the Special Advisor for Global Activities in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) within the National Center for Injury Prevention at US-CDC in Atlanta, GA. In his current position, Dr. Mercy is responsible for DVP research and programmes addressing violence globally.

He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University in 1982 and began his work at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to violence prevention in that same year. Over the past three decades he has helped to develop the public health approach to violence prevention. He has published over 190 articles and overseen a number of seminal studies of the epidemiology, prevention, and costs of violence in the United States and other parts of the world. In 2009, Research! America named Dr. Mercy as one of its public health heroes for his work on violence prevention. He also served as a co-editor of WHO's World report on violence and health and served on the Editorial Board of the United Nation Secretary-General’s Study of Violence against Children.

He also served as a co-editor of WHO's World report on violence and health and served on the Editorial Board of the United Nation Secretary-General’s Study of Violence against Children.

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