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Carolyn DiGuiseppi PhD, MD, MPH

  • Department of Community & Behavioral Health
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Injury & Violence Prevention Center


Primary Phone:303-724-4415

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place



Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. DiGuiseppi’s research interests include the epidemiology of injuries and autism spectrum disorder. She is a principal investigator in the CDC-funded multi-site Study to Explore Early Development and collaborates on NIH-funded studies of older adult driving decision-making and mortality in autism. Current research is examining cannabis use in pregnancy and child behavioral outcomes, and cannabis use in older drivers. She is also Professor of Pediatrics and serves as Director of Evidence-Based Medicine in the School of Medicine. In her prior role as Associate Dean for Faculty, Dr. DiGuiseppi led efforts to improve recruitment of diverse faculty and worked to evaluate and promote salary equity in the school; collaborated with the Faculty Senate to update Faculty Bylaws; developed the school’s professionalism statement and established and led the professionalism committee; developed promotion standards for research associates and instructors; and implemented faculty educational sessions. Before joining the University of Colorado in 2000, she was a senior research fellow at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, senior health policy analyst at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and project director for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, US DHHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She is on the editorial boards of Injury Prevention and Injury Epidemiology and the Board of Governors of American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiology of motor vehicle crashes and injuries
  • Older driver safety and mobility
  • Injuries and violence in autism spectrum disorder
  • Cannabis use in pregnancy
  • Family navigation to promote screening for autism

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Paediatric Epidemiology, University College London, 2002
  • MD, University of Virginia, 1983
  • MPH, University of Washington, 1988


  • Excellence in Research Award, ColoradoSPH, 2012; Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, ColoradoSPH, 2012
  • Elizabeth & Sidney Licht Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2010
  • President's Diversity Award, University of Colorado, 2009
  • Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition Award for Faculty Leadership, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2009
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Preventive Medicine & Biometrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2003
  • Special Recognition Award (Group), U.S. Public Health Service, 1995
  • Special Recognition Award (Individual), U.S. Public Health Service, 1994
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, Department of Pediatric Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1990


  • Director of Evidence-Based Medicine, CU School of Medicine
  • Treasurer, Board of Governors, American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) and AJPM Focus
  • Member, Editorial Board, Injury Epidemiology
  • Member, Editorial Board, Injury Prevention
  • Member, Steering Committee, FORWARD (Fragile X Online Registry with Accessible Research Database) Consortium
  • Member, Cochrane US Rocky Mountains Affiliate Center, Cochrane US Network
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine

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