Ian Rockett
Date:2010-07-15 13:12 

      Ian Rockett is Professor of Epidemiology, Associate Chair, and Director of Educational Programs in the Department of Community Medicine at West Virginia University. His three graduate degrees are an MA in sociology from the University of Western Ontario, a PhD in demography and medical sociology from Brown University, and an MPH in epidemiology from Harvard University. Previous positions include Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Bureau of Evaluation, Research, and Service at the University of Tennessee, and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Suicidology Online, an associate editor of BMC Public Health, and a national judge for the Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) competition.
      Dr. Rockett has centered his research in the two interconnected areas of injury and substance use and abuse, with a related interest in health data disparities. Among his current projects are trend analyses of poisoning and suicide mortality and misclassification, and assessments of mental health and smoking behavior in Chinese sub-populations. Prior research includes statewide hospital emergency department studies of motor vehicular trauma and substance abuse treatment need, respectively, and cross-national and domestic studies of suicide data quality. The preponderance of his research has been either primary data analyses utilizing population-based surveys, or secondary data analyses of national and international cause-of-death data. His suicide research is supported through a grant to the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University (WVU) by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is a faculty affiliate of the WVU center, and also International Senior Consultant at the Center for Tobacco Control Research at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.