Karla A. Lawson, PhD, MPH, RD
Co-Chair, Council of Centers
Dr. Lawson is the Director of the Trauma and Injury Research Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center. The Center focuses on the epidemiologic, clinical and behavioral study of child injury, injury prevention and trauma clinical care with the ultimate goal of informing and guiding improved clinical practice and prevention efforts. Dr. Lawson received her doctoral degree from the University of Texas in 2003 in Nutrition and Molecular Genetics/Microbiology and completed a Cancer Prevention Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health for 2003-2006. As part of her post-doctoral fellowship, she received a Master in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2004. Her love of clinical sciences, service to the community, and Austin, brought her to Dell Children’s Medical Center to build a research center for injury and trauma. Dr. Lawson is an Assistant Professor at Dell Medical School and holds Adjunct Faculty positions at University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, and the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is a founding member of the ATOMAC pediatric trauma research consortium, a nationally recognized collaborative effort to scientifically answer clinical questions in the surgical treatment of pediatric injury. She has been a member of SAVIR since 2007 and is currently acting as the co-chair of the SAVIR science committee. Her research focus’ on child abuse recognition, treatment and prevention, behavioral determinants of injury including caregiver alcohol consumption, interventions for injury prevention, as well as developmental and psychological outcomes of pediatric trauma.