Lara B. McKenzie, PhD, MA, FAAHB

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

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Lara B. McKenzie, PhD, MA, FAAHB, is a Principal Investigator and the Director of the Training and Education Core in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. McKenzie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine and the Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at The Ohio State University.

Dr. McKenzie's research program focuses on how to increase adoption of parent safety behaviors such as the use of carbon monoxide alarms, smoke alarms, child safety seats and booster seats to prevent and/or reduce the consequences of childhood injuries. Dr. McKenzie's research also focuses on injuries associated with consumer products and sports and activity-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments.

Dr. McKenzie and her team focus on innovative solutions to home and child safety including the Make Safe Happen™ app which has been downloaded more than 65,000 times and a patent for a child-resistant spray bottle.

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2011 - Present Division of Epidemiology, The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Associate Professor

2010 - 2011 Division of Epidemiology, The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Assistant Professor

2010 - 2011 The Ohio State University, College of Public Health,The Ohio State University Graduate School, Graduate Faculty

2005 - 2011 Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Assistant Professor

2003 - 2005 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, Assistant Scientist

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Center for Injury Research & Policy