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Alex Quistberg, PhD, MPH

Alex Quistberg

Associate Research Professor
Environmental and Occupational Health, Urban Health Collaborative
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PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington
BA, Health & Societies, University of Pennsylvania


Alex Quistberg is Associate Research Professor in the Urban Health Collaborative and the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health. He also has a courtesy appointment as Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine in Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia.

His current research focuses on the epidemiology of road traffic safety, the built environment, and global and urban health. His work implements methods to measure the built environment objectively, including from geographic information systems (GIS), virtual audits, and artificial intelligence via computer vision and deep learning. He currently leads the Built Environment, Pedestrian Injury, and Deep Learning (BEPIDL) study funded by the Fogarty International Center at NIH and the Urban Health and Climate Change in Informal Settlements in Latin America Study (ESCALA) study funded by the Lacuna Fund. Both these grant are in partnership with the Universidad de los Andes, and the latter also with Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. He is also a co-investigator of the SALURBAL project, funded by Wellcome Trust. His work has primarily focused on improving safety for walking and biking, including the evaluation of policies on road safety outcomes.

His past work has involved trauma registries, electronic health records, health literacy, health disparities, teen driver safety, child passenger safety, pediatric window falls, and boating safety. He also serves as a Collaborator on the Global Burden of Disease study at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). He has served Statistical Editor of the BMJ journal Injury Prevention since 2016. He recently joined Drexel’s Standing Committee on Artificial Intelligence (SCAI).

Research Interests

  • Data Analysis Methods
  • Global Health
  • Health and Place
  • Health Disparities
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Urban Health
  • Intentional/Violent Injury and Trauma
  • Unintentional Injury and Trauma
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision


Quistberg DA. Potential of artificial intelligence in injury prevention research and practice. Inj Prev. 2024 Feb 2;. doi: 10.1136/ip-2023-045203. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 38307714.

Wells JM, Yi H, Yang J, Mooney SJ, Quistberg A, Leonard JC. Pediatric emergency department visits for pedestrian injuries in relation to the enactment of Complete Streets policy. Front Public Health. 2023;11:1183997. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1183997. eCollection 2023. PubMed PMID: 37670840; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC10475551.

Cárdenas-Cárdenas LM, Barrientos Gutiérrez T, Quistberg DA, Chias-Becerril L, Martínez-Santiago A, Reséndiz Lopez H, Perez Ferrer C. One-year impact of a multicomponent, street-level design intervention in Mexico City on pedestrian crashes: a quasi-experimental study. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2023 Mar;77(3):140-146. doi: 10.1136/jech-2022-219335. Epub 2022 Dec 19. PubMed PMID: 36535752; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7614172.

Quintero Valverde C, Perez-Ferrer C, Chías Becerril L, Martínez Santiago A, Reséndiz Lopez H, Prado Galbarro J, Quistberg DA, Diez Roux AV, Barrientos-Gutierrez T. Evaluation of road safety policies and their enforcement in Mexico City, 2015-2019: an interrupted time-series study. Inj Prev. 2023 Feb;29(1):35-41. doi: 10.1136/ip-2022-044590. Epub 2022 Sep 12. PubMed PMID: 36096653; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7614109.

Mullachery PH, Quistberg DA, Lazo M, Indvik K, Perez-Ferrer C, López-Olmedo N, Colchero MA, Bilal U. Evaluation of the national sobriety checkpoints program in Mexico: a difference-in-difference approach with variation in timing of program adoption. Inj Epidemiol. 2022 Nov 21;9(1):32. doi: 10.1186/s40621-022-00407-4. PubMed PMID: 36411475.

Peden M, Puvanachandra P, Keller ME, Rodrigues EM, Quistberg A, Jagnoor J. How the Covid-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the issue of active mobility and co-benefits in Latin American cities. Salud Publica Mex. 2022 Jun 13;64:S14-S21. doi: 10.21149/12786. PubMed PMID: 36130399; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9494289.

Huynh TB, Oddo VM, Trejo B, Moore K, Quistberg DA, Kim JJ, Diez-Canseco F, Vives A. Association between informal employment and depressive symptoms in 11 cities in Latin America. SSM Popul Health. 2022 Jun;18:101101. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101101. eCollection 2022 Jun. PubMed PMID: 35698484; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9187523.

Delclos-Alio X, Rodriguez DA, Medina C, Avila-Palencia I, Targa F, Moran MR, Sarmiento OL, Quistberg DA. Walking for transportation in large Latin American cities: walking-only trips and total walking events and their sociodemographic correlates.

Quistberg DA, Hessel P, Rodriguez DA, Sarmiento OL, Bilal U, Caiaffa WT, Miranda JJ, de Pina MF, Hernández-Vásquez A, Diez Roux AV. Urban landscape and street-design factors associated with road-traffic mortality in Latin America between 2010 and 2016 (SALURBAL): an ecological study. Lancet Planet Health. 2022 Feb;6(2):e122-e131. doi: 10.1016/S2542-5196(21)00323-5. PubMed PMID: 35150622; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8850369.

Kephart JL, Delclòs-Alió X, Rodríguez DA, Sarmiento OL, Barrientos-Gutiérrez T, Ramirez-Zea M, Quistberg DA, Bilal U, Diez Roux AV. The effect of population mobility on COVID-19 incidence in 314 Latin American cities: a longitudinal ecological study with mobile phone location data. Lancet Digit Health. 2021 Nov;3(11):e716-e722. doi: 10.1016/S2589-7500(21)00174-6. Epub 2021 Aug 26. PubMed PMID: 34456179; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8545654.

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