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Jess Kraus Award

Dr Jess KrausIn honor of Dr Jess F Kraus, the Jess Kraus Award is given each year to the author(s) of the best paper published in Injury Epidemiology, selected by the Editorial Board according to novelty, simplicity, clarity, and potential impact on population health. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and is invited by the Editorial Office to present a special seminar at Columbia University.

Dr Kraus is Professor Emeritus, Department of Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is an MPH graduate from the University of California, Berkeley and earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1967. Following two years with the Public Health Service Division of Accident Prevention he joined the faculty of the University of California, first on the Davis, California campus for 12 years then the UCLA campus for 27 years.

His research encompassed all areas of human injury including suicide, homicide, and unintentional injury. He has published over 250 articles on injury. The last 20 years of his career were focused on trauma epidemiology, especially brain injury. He developed and then secured funding for one of the 10 US Centers of Excellence in Injury Prevention with the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center which he directed until his retirement. He is currently a consultant with the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California.

2023 recipient

Views of democracy and society and support for political violence in the USA: findings from a nationally representative survey
Garen J. Wintemute, Sonia L. Robinson, Andrew Crawford, Daniel Tancredi, Julia P. Schleimer, Elizabeth A. Tomsich, Paul M. Reeping, Aaron B. Shev & Veronica A. Pear 
Injury Epidemiology 2023 10:45

Read the associated blog here.

2022 recipient

Accuracy of behavioral health variables in Oregon national violent death reporting system data: a linked cohort study
Kathleen F. Carlson, Tess A. Gilbert, Susan DeFrancesco, Dagan A. Wright, Xun Shen & Lawrence J. Cook
Injury Epidemiology 2022 9:29

Read the associated blog here.

2021 recipient

The role of domestic violence in fatal mass shootings in the United States, 2014–2019
Lisa B Geller, Marisa Booty & Cassandra K Crifasi
Injury Epidemiology 2021 8:38

Read the associated blog here.

2020 recipient

Re-prioritizing traffic stops to reduce motor vehicle crash outcomes and racial disparities
Mike Dolan Fliss, Frank Baumgartner, Paul Delamater, Steve Marshall, Charles Poole & Whitney Robinson
Injury Epidemiology 2020 7:3

Read the associated blog here.

2019 recipient

Use of multiple failure models in injury epidemiology: a case study of arrest and intimate partner violence recidivism in Seattle, WA
Vivian H. Lyons, Mary A. Kernic, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Victoria L. Holt & Marco Carone 
Injury Epidemiology 2019 6:36

2018 recipient

Interrupted time series design to evaluate the effect of the ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM coding transition on injury hospitalization trends
Svetla Slavova, Julia F. Costich, Huong Luu, Judith Fields, Barbara A. Gabella, Sergey Tarima and Terry L. Bunn
Injury Epidemiology 2018 5:36

Read the associated blog here.

2017 recipient

Interaction of marijuana and alcohol on fatal motor vehicle crash risk: a case–control study
Chihuri S, Li G, and Chen Q
Injury Epidemiology 2017 4:8

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2016 recipient

Assaults against U.S. law enforcement officers in the line-of-duty: situational context and predictors of lethality
Crifasi CK, Pollack KM, and Webster DW
Injury Epidemiology 2016 3:29

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2015 recipient

Children and unintentional firearm death
Hemenway D and Solnick SJ
Injury Epidemiology 2015 2:26

2014 recipient

Explaining geographic patterns of suicide in the US: the role of firearms and antidepressants
Opoliner A, Azrael D, Barber C, Fitzmaurice G, Miller M
Injury Epidemiology 2014 1:6