Gerald S. Poplin

Gerald S. PoplinGerald S. Poplin
Senior Scientist, Injury Epidemiologist | 434.297.8014

Dr. Poplin is an injury epidemiologist whose current research entails extensive work with biomechanical field data analysis to determine and assess the extent of injury problems under investigation and to ensure that experimental (and computation) studies reflect the current trends and incorporate the most appropriate study design and analytical methods.  Dr. Poplin obtained his Masters and Doctoral degrees in epidemiology at the University of Arizona where he established an expertise in occupational injury surveillance and developing risk management strategies for industrial settings, and continues to collaborate with other research institutions to identify, develop and implement injury prevention controls for high-risk industry such as mining and firefighting, in addition to exploring methods that better measure and assess the relationship between physiologic factors and fitness with injury occurrence and severity.  Additional interests include better integrating the applied knowledge and expertise between biomechanical and epidemiologic methods with regard to injury prevention.



  • PhD, Epidemiology – University of Arizona
  • MS, Epidemiology – University of Arizona
  • BS, Environmental Science – University of Arizona


Research Interests

  • Integrating biomechanical and epidemiological methods for improving population-based health and safety
  • Understanding and describing injury severity and functional impairment for various populations
  • Designing improved injury surveillance methods for occupational, athletic and large-scale events
  • Integrating proactive risk management strategies into injury prevention



  • Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA), Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS)
  • Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM)
  • International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Selected Publications

  • Development of a Thoracic Injury Risk Function for the THOR-Metric ATD. 2015; Under peer review
  • Fire Fit: Assessing Comprehensive Fitness and Injury Risk in the Fire Service: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2015
  • Establishing a Proactive Safety and Health Risk Management System in the Fire Service. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15:407
  • Nature and etiology of hollow-organ abdominal injuries in frontal crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 2015; 78: 51-57.
  • The Association of Aerobic Fitness with Injuries in the Fire Service. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2014; 179(2): 149-155.
  • Enhancing severe injury surveillance: The association between severe injury events and fatalities in US coal mines. Journal of Safety Research. 2013; 44: 31-35.


Other Interests

  • All-things outdoors, CrossFit, Cooking