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Lenora M. Olson, Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Professor

Divisions: Public Health

Academic Office Information

Dr. Olson's career as a researcher and educator began in 1990 at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where she directed the Center for Injury Prevention Research and Education. Olson joined the faculty at the University of Utah School Of Medicine in 1999.

Dr. Olson‘s research in the field of injury control falls into three main areas—Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and trauma systems; the epidemiology and prevention of intentional violence; and the epidemiology and prevention of motor vehicle crashes. Dr. Olson has written more than 200 publications, scientific papers, chapters, and abstracts. She is the Principal Investigator for the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) funded by the Maternal and Child Health Branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration. In this role, she directs six full time and four part time staff and a budget of 1.5 million a year. The NEDARC program provides technical assistance in the area of data collection and analysis to EMS offices in the fifty-nice states and territories. Part of the technical assistance involves collecting data from EMS agency directors to ascertain the infrastructure and processes in place to care for children during an emergency. In addtion, the NEDARC program develops and deploys a survey to nurse managers in all hospital emergency departments in the US to assess pediatric readiness based on compliance with publlished guidelines. One result of this work is a data warehouse with national data on the availability of specific pediatric resources for the care of children during an emergency that is available to researchers interested int his topic. Dr. Olson is the co-director of the Qualitative, Survey and Methods Core for the CCTS. In this role, she consults with researchers in the medical school interested in conducting surveys. Olson’s teaching activities include teaching in the MSCI program, mentoring faculty and staff in research.

Education History

Doctoral Training University of Utah
Health Education and Promotion
Certification University of Michigan
Epidemiology Summer Program
Graduate Training University of New Mexico
Undergraduate University of New Mexico