James A. Mercy '76

James A. Mercy is the Acting Director of the Division of Violence Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He received his PhD in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta in 1982. After his graduation, Dr. Mercy began working at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in a newly formed activity to examine violence as a public health problem. Over the past three decades he has helped to develop the public health approach to violence.

A frequently published author with over 200 publications, Dr. Mercy's work has spanned the areas of child maltreatment, youth and intimate partner violence, homicide, suicide and firearm injuries. He also served as a co-editor of the World Report on Violence and Health prepared by the World Health Organization and served on the Editorial Board of the United Nation's Secretary General's Study of Violence Against Children. Most recently he's been working on a global partnership, called Together for Girls, with UNICEF, PEPFAR, WHO, and others to end violence against children.