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Karen Liller, PHD

Karen Liller, PHD

Distinguished University Health Professor

Strategic Lead & Director of the Activist Lab

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  • PHD, Curriculum & Instruction, University of South Florida, 1988
  • EdS, University of South Florida, 1986
  • MA, University of South Florida, 1982
  • BS, West Virginia University, 1978


Health Promotion and Behavior Change


  • Children's Injury Prevention
  • Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Advocacy


Dr. Karen Liller is presently a Distinguished USF Health Professor in the College of Public Health specializing in public health and injury prevention. Dr. Liller holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in medical technology, technical education, and education (curriculum and instruction with a focus area of public health). She has held numerous administrative positions including Associate Dean for Academics and Student Affairs in the College of Public Health and Dean of the USF Graduate School and Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation. She presently is Strategic Lead for Policy, Practice, and Leadership in the College of Public Health and Founder and Director of the Activist Lab ( Dr. Liller's scholarly focus is in public health and prevention and control of child and adolescent injuries. She has been the recipient of several awards/honors such as the first State of Florida Injury Prevention Award, the Tampa Bay Business Healthcare Hero Award and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior. In addition, she has received the Distinguished Career Award from the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Liller holds certification in public health (CPH) and has received several national and state grants related to injury prevention. Dr. Liller has published extensively in top peer-reviewed publications and was named one of the top 15 national women scholars in health education and health promotion. She is the editor of the injury text, "Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research, Practice, and Advocacy," published by the American Public Health Association. She also is the co-lead editor for the “Certified in Public Health Exam Review Guide” published by the American Public Health Association.