Douglas Wiebe Wins Epidemiology Journal's Best Paper Award

Douglas Wiebe Wins Epidemiology Journal's Best Paper Award

Cited for Study of Triggers and Patterns of Philadelphia Street Violence

Perelman Medical School Associate Professor of Epidemiology and LDI Senior Fellow Douglas Wiebe's study mapping Philadelphia routes to weapons violence has been awarded the 2017 Rothman Epidemiology Prize by the journal Epidemiology.


Douglas Wiebe, PhD

Published in the January, 2016 edition of that journal, the paper was entitled "Mapping Activity Patterns to Quantify Risk of Violent Assault in Urban Environments." A $5,000 prize is included with the Epidemiology Best Paper Award.

'Excellence in writing'
The journal's editorial board cited Wiebe's work for its "importance, originality, clarity of thought, and excellence in writing."

Wiebe, PhD, is also a Senior Fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center for Injury Research and Prevention, a member of the board of the national Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, and holds a Visiting Scholar appointment in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, England.

In the study that won the Epidemiology award, Wiebe led a team of investigators that included Therese Richmond and Charles Branas. Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN is a Professor in the Penn School of Nursing and an LDI Senior Fellow. Branas, PhD, was a Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Perelman School and is now Chair of Epidemiology at Columbia University.

Firearm violence
Wiebe's research has broadly focused on tracking and measuring the patterns of behavior, physicial environment and other influences associated with urban violence. Several of his works have explored the association between homicide and suicide and the presence of firearms in the home.