Vanya Jones, PhD, MPH is injury prevention researcher that partners with individuals, communities, and governmental offices for sustainable public health change. Her academic career merges health education and program development to reduce the burden of unintentional and intentional injuries for underserved populations (children and older adults) and communities with limited resources. Her expertise is to: 1) employ social and behavioral science theories and frameworks to understand public health problems, develop interventions, and identify evaluation strategies, 2) use quantitative and qualitative methods to measure and quantify the scope of a public health problem and its behavioral components, and 3) examine risk and protective factors for reducing injuries. She has recently conducted research to prevent childhood injuries at home and from peer violence, improve safety in peer-to-peer rental property, and investigate older driver injury risk. As an MPH graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is a Tar Heel basketball fan.