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Alex Quistberg, PhD, MPH

Alex Quistberg

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


Dr. Quistberg is an injury epidemiologist whose research has focused primarily on road safety, the built environment and global health. His current research is focused on urban health issues in Latin America. His recent work at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center at the University of Washington used objective measurement tools (e.g., GIS, GPS and accelerometers) to examine how active transportation modes (e.g., walking and biking) are related to injury risks in the built environment and safety perceptions, both in the US and in Latin America. He has also recently worked on trauma care research projects using local trauma registry and electronic health record data, as well as large national databases, such as HCUP-NEDS, the NTDB, and MarketScan. His past research has examined health literacy, health disparities, teen driver safety, child passenger safety, pediatric window falls, and boating safety. He collaborates with investigators at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington as a Global Burden of Disease Expert on Injuries. He currently serves on the editorial board of the BMJ journal Injury Prevention as the Statistical Editor.

Research Interests

  • Data Analysis Methods
  • Global Health or International Health
  • Health and Place or Built Environment
  • Health Disparities
  • Spatial Analysis or GIS
  • Urban Health
  • Intentional/Violent Injury and Trauma
  • Unintentional Injury and Trauma


Jimenez N, Quistberg DA, Vavilala M, Jaffe K. Utilization of Mental Health Services after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children. Pediatrics. 2017; 139(3). PMID: 28159872.

Quistberg DA, Howard EJ, Ebel BE, Moudon AV, Saelens BE, Hurvitz PM, Curtin JE, Rivara FP. Multilevel models for evaluating the risk of pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions at intersections and mid-blocks. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 2015 Aug 31;84:99-111. PubMed PMID: 26339944.

Gómez LF, Sarmiento R, Ordoñez MF, Pardo CF,  Sa TH, Mallarino C, Miranda JJ, Mosquera J, Parra D, Reis R, Ronderos M, Arango CM, Quistberg DA. Urban environment interventions linked to the promotion of physical activity. A mixed methods study applied to the urban context of Latin America. Social Science & Medicine. April 2015; 131:18-30. PubMed PMID: 25748111.

Quistberg DA, Koepsell TD, Johnston BD, Boyle LN, Miranda JJ, Ebel BE. Bus stops and pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions in Lima, Peru: a matched case-control study. Injury Prevention. April 2015; 21(e1):e15-22. PubMed PMID: 24357516.

Quistberg DA, Koepsell TD, Miranda JJ, Johnston BD, Boyle LN, Ebel BE. The Walking Environment in Lima, Peru and Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Collisions. Traffic Injury Prevention. 2015; 16:314-21. PubMed PMID: 24950345.

Quistberg DA, Koepsell TD, Boyle LN, Miranda JJ, Johnston BD, Ebel BE. Pedestrian signalization and the risk of pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions in Lima, Peru. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 2014 Sep;70:273-81. PubMed PMID: 24821630.

Quistberg DA, Quan L, Ebel BE, Bennett EE, Mueller BA. Barriers to life jacket use among adult recreational boaters. Injury Prevention. 2014 Aug;20(4):244-50. PubMed PMID: 24686261.

Quistberg DA, Bennett E, Quan L, Ebel BE. Low life jacket use among adult recreational boaters: a qualitative study of risk perception and behavior factors. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 2014 Jan;62:276-84. PubMed PMID: 24211559.

Miranda JJ, López-Rivera LA, Quistberg DA, Rosales-Mayor E, Gianella C, et al. Epidemiology of Road Traffic Incidents in Peru 1973-2008: Incidence, Mortality, and Fatality. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 13;9(6):e99662. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24927195.

Quistberg DA, Lozano P, Mack CD, Schwartz R, Ebel BE. A comparison of self-report and direct observation of booster seat use in Latino families. Injury Prevention. 2010 Aug;16(4):225-9. PubMed PMID: 20501473.