Douglas Wiebe, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Wiebe's research interests include environmental risk factors for injury, the methodologic challenges of activity pattern measurement and exposure measurement, and the impact of daily routines on health-related behavior. A number of his studies examine how keeping a firearm at home relates to homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings of household members. Dr. Wiebe also studies issues of the clinical management of trauma and mild traumatic brain injury. One study he leads, funded by the Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, aims to understand the timeline to recovery for children who have sustained a concussion.
This talk will focus on how Dr. Wiebe and his team used GIS-assisted activity path interviews and mapped data of the urban landscape to investigate how situations young people encounter and the places they go over their daily activities relate to the likelihood of violence. Study subjects were 10-24 year-olds in Philadelphia: 143 assault patients who had been shot with a firearm and 206 assault patients injured with other types of weapons from hospital emergency departments, and 283 controls from the community. This detailed set of data on activity paths and the context of each situation and environment that each subject encountered provided novel opportunities to learn about young peoples’ activities and triggers of violence in the urban landscape.