Director of the Division of Safety Research at NIOSH

Dawn Castillo is the Director of the Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Division serves as the focal point for traumatic occupational injury research and prevention programs at NIOSH.

Ms. Castillo began her NIOSH career in 1991 as an epidemiologist.  Between 1998 and 2011, she served as Chief of a Division Branch responsible for occupational injury data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Ms. Castillo was the fourth recipient, in 2000, of the James. P. Keogh award, an annual NIOSH award recognizing a current or former NIOSH employee for exceptional service to the field of occupational safety and health. Ms. Castillo was appointed as Director of the Division of Safety Research in July 2011.  She manages two NIOSH research programs, and co-chairs affiliated National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Councils: Traumatic Injury Prevention; and, Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities.  She also manages two NIOSH Virtual Centers:  Center for Occupational Robotics Research and Center for Motor Vehicle Safety.

Ms. Castillo has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and technical documents on a variety of occupational injury topics, including occupational injuries among young workers, older workers, firefighters, workplace violence, and drug overdoses at work. Ms. Castillo received her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Irvine and her Masters of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.