Training & Education

The Penn Injury Science Center implements an education and mentoring program that enables trainees to develop the perspectives and skill sets necessary to pursue impactful injury and violence research – through a space-time scientific lens – and ultimately build the next generation of rigorously trained, innovative injury scientists.

Penn Injury Science Trainee Learning Lab

The Penn Injury Science Center (PISC) Trainee Learning Lab is a monthly discussion and training forum for undergraduate and graduate trainees in Injury Science, including research staff, research assistants, capstone mentees, and those with a keen interest in the field of Injury Science. Trainees meet virtually, on a monthly basis, to discuss and interpret peer-reviewed injury and violence research articles. Authors and co-authors attend sessions to discuss their work and respond to questions. Sessions are led and facilitated by PISC Co-Director Catherine McDonald, Associate Professor of Nursing. Trainees join from across Penn’s campus, and across the nation with the support of fellow CDC Injury Control Research Centers.

Courses & Certificates

The Penn Injury Science Center and its affiliated scholars lead formal education courses, both in-person and online, for students, professionals, clinicians, and more. 

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The University of Pennsylvania Injury Science Center offers 12-24 month post-doctoral research fellowships that focus on scientific training and career development in pursuit of the highest caliber research to promote safety and improve the health of populations.

Fellows receive senior mentorship and close peer collaboration in a rich scientific environment with faculty and multiple other fellows across disciplines including public health, engineering, nursing, criminology, social policy, and psychology.

Trainee & Early-Stage Faculty Pilot Grant Program

The Penn Injury Science Center (PISC) has annual calls through our Trainee & Early Stage Faculty Pilot Grant Program to stimulate ideas among early stage investigators. This program supports trainees in conducting a rigorous study that will help build a solid program of research and ultimately to support the award of extramural funding. Priority will be given to applications that include a topic that is synchronous with the mission of PISC, incorporates the space-time paradigm, and best fits with the call’s topics of interest.

D43 Training Program in Botswana

We are running a program to train Botswana to become independent researchers studying behavioral, biomedical, and policy issues in Botswana with a focus on treating and preventing injury and trauma. The program is sponsored by the University of Botswana, the Ministry of Health in Botswana, the University of Pennsylvania (USA), and Fogarty-NIH (USA).

Training for Community-Academic Partnerships

The Penn Community Scholars Program is for community organizations looking to build capacity for partnering in research to demonstrate their impact. 

Request a Training

If your team or organization could benefit from a training from PISC experts, please use the contact form to get in touch and describe your needs.