Sue Gallagher, MPH



Director, Master's in Health Communication Program
Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.3539
Fax: 617.636.4017


MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
BA, Simmons College

Research Focus:

Recent projects have focused on addressing risk factors, injuries and preventive interventions focused on traffic safety and on Latino populations. improving traffic safety materials for that population, creating guidelines for developing culturally competent traffic safety materials for Hispanics, examining the legal liability costs associated with school injury, evaluating community-based traffic safety and suicide prevention programs,  assessing the sustainability and visibility of injury and violence prevention programs in state health agencies, assessing the US federal investment in global road safety in developing countries, evaluating education materials, messages and policies to reduce heat-related deaths to children in parked cars, and developing strategies to improve external cause of injury coding in hospital discharge data.

Select Publications:

  1. Annest JL, Fingerhut LA, Gallagher SS,  Strategies to Improve External-Cause-of-Injury Coding in State-Based Hospital Discharge and Emergency Department Data Systems.  MMWR Recommendations and Reports, 57(RR01): 1-15, March 28, 2008.
  2. Gallagher SS, Peek-Asa C, Branas CC. Injury research advocacy a high priority.  In press Injury Prevention 2008.
  3. Barrios LC, Jones SE and Gallagher SS. Legal liability – the consequences of school injury.  Journal of School Health, 77(5): 273-279, 2007.
  4. Christoffel T and Gallagher SS.  Injury Prevention & Public Health - Practical Knowledge, Skills and Strategies. 2nd edition.  Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishing, 2006.
  5. Runyan CW, Bowling JM, Schulman M, and Gallagher SS.  Potential for violence against teenage retail workers in the U.S.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 36(3): 267.e1-5, 2005.
  6. Guard, A, Gallagher, SS.  Heat-related deaths to young children in parked cars:  an analysis of 171 fatalities in the United States. Injury Prevention, 11: 33-37, 2005.
  7. Greenberg-Seth, J, Hemenway, D, Gallagher, SS, et al.  Factors associated with rear seating of children in motor vehicles:  a study in two low income, predominantly Hispanic communities. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 36: 621-626, 2004.
  8. Greenberg-Seth, J, Hemenway, D, Gallagher, SS, et al.  Evaluation of a community-based intervention to promote rear seating for children.  American Journal of Public Health, 94 (6): 1009-1013, 2004.
  9. Miara C, Gallagher SS, Bush D, Dewey R.  Developing an effective tool for teaching teens about workplace safety.  American Journal of Health Education, 34 (5 Suppl): s30-s34, 2003.
  10. Ross JB, Gallagher SS, Hudson J, and Miara C.  Seated for Safety: Child Passenger Safety Educational Materials in the United States: Content, Availability, Accuracy, and Appropriateness.  Newton, MA: Education Development Center, 2002.
  11. Gallagher SS, Finison K, Guyer B, Goodenough SH. The incidence of injuries among 87,000 children and adolescents:  results from the 1980 - 1981 SCIPP surveillance system.  American Journal of Public Health.  1984; 74(12): 1340-1347.
  12. Streit-Kaplan EL, Miara C, Formica SW, and Gallagher SS.  Evaluation of recommendations in the Guidelines for Developing Traffic Safety Educational Materials for Spanish-speaking Audiences.  Under consideration Health Promotion Practice.
  13. Gallagher SS, Guyer B, Kotelchuck M, et al.  A strategy for the reduction of childhood injuries in Massachusetts: the Statewide Childhood Injury Prevention Program. New England Journal of Medicine.  1982; 307; 1015-1019.
  14. Edgar T, Gallagher SS, Silk KJ, et al (2015) Results from a national survey of health communication Master's degree recipients: An exploration of training, placement, satisfaction, and success. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives 20:3, 354-366.