Faculty Profile

Douglas Wiebe

Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD

  • Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
  • Director, U-M Injury Prevention Center

Dr. Wiebe studies interactions between people and the environment and health risks that result, with a focus on injuries and violence -- the leading cause of death during the first half of the lifespan. He approaches study design issues by working at a temporal and spatial scale that is relevant to the induction period for a given exposure and outcome. The Space-Time Epi Group that he directs supports trainees whose research topics have a temporal dimension, a spatial dimension, or both. Managing and preventing sport-related concussion and firearm injuries are prominent in his research and training activities.

Dr. Wiebe is on the Executive Committee of the U-M Concussion Center and the Advisory Committee of the U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA 2002
  • PhD, University of California-Irvine, 2000
  • BA, University of Calgary, 1991

Research Interests:
Sport-related concussion, firearm injury, exposure measurement, spatial and temporal analysis

Research Projects:
Wiebe is Director of the U-M Injury Prevention Center, one of nine injury control research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wiebe directs the Ivy League-Big Ten Epidemiology of Concussion Study. This is a surveillance system and prospective cohort study of sport concussion of collegiate athletes at the universities participating across these two athletic conferences.

Wiebe developed the Recoups dashboard and SMS system (Recovering-Concussion Updated on the Progression of Symptoms) to help providers monitor their patients' symptoms in real time to make the provision of care more efficient and accelerate progression through the steps of the return-to-learn and return-to-play protocol.

Wiebe has completed case-control and case-crossover studies of the times and locations of daily activities to identify how features of the built and social environment pose risks or protect against gun violence in urban environments.

Wiebe collaborates with investigators at Oxford University to understand how stand your ground laws have impacted homicide rates in states that have passed this legislation.

Dr. Wiebe directed a NIH-funded (Fogarty International Center) training program to build injury epidemiology research capacity in Botswana.

Wiebe DJ, Bretzin AC, D'Alonzo BA and the Ivy League-Big Ten Epidemiology of Concussion Study Investigators. Progression through return-to-sport and return-to-academics guidelines for concussion management and recovery in collegiate student athletes: findings from the Ivy League-Big Ten Epidemiology of Concussion Study. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2022;56:801-811.

Wiebe DJ, Storey EP, Orchinik JE, Grady MF, Leddy JJ, Willer BS, Haider MN, Mannix R, Meehan WP, Vernau BT, Master CL. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, Volume 32, Number 4, July 2022, pp. 345-353(9). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1097/JSM.0000000000000946 

Wiebe DJ, D'Alonzo BA, Harris R, Putukian M, Campbell-McGovern C. Association Between the Experimental Kickoff Rule and Concussion Rates in Ivy League Football. JAMA. 2018;320(19):2035-2036. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.14165

Humphreys DK, Gasparrini A, Wiebe DJ. Association Between Enactment of a "Stand Your Ground" Self-defense Law and Unlawful Homicides in Florida. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(10):1523-1524. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.3433

Kondo MC, South EC, Branas CC, Richmond TS, Wiebe DJ. The Association Between Urban Tree Cover and Gun Assault: A Case-Control and Case-Crossover Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Aug 1;186(3):289-296. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx096. PMID: 28481962; PMCID: PMC5860224.

Wiebe DJ, Richmond TS, Guo W, Allison PD, Hollander JE, Nance ML, Branas CC. Mapping Activity Patterns to Quantify Risk of Violent Assault in Urban Environments. Epidemiology. 2016 Jan;27(1):32-41. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000395. PMID: 26414941; PMCID: PMC4658670. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4658670/ 

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Email. dwiebe@umich.edu
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