Angela D. Mickalide, PhD, MCHES
Angela Mickalide, PhD, MCHES, is an internationally-lauded researcher and
practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience in public health education, injury
prevention, and health communication. She graduated summa cum laude from Colby
College in Waterville, Maine in 1979 where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and
Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society. Dr. Mickalide earned her PhD degree
in 1985 at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in public
health, psychology, and health education. Upon graduation, she was selected for
membership in the Alpha Chapter of Delta Omega, the Public Health Honorary Society.
Dr. Mickalide is also a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) and a
graduated scholar in the Public Health Education Leadership Institute.
Currently, she is principal investigator and program director for the Emergency Medical
Services for Children National Resource Center based at Children’s National Health
System in Washington, DC. Her responsibilities include: providing fiscal oversight of a
four-year, $6 million dollar cooperative agreement from the Health Resources and
Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau; leading a staff of nine
employees; and developing and implementing the annual work plan.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Mickalide has been actively engaged in fire and burn
prevention initiatives. At the Home Safety Council, she led education and outreach
efforts for several award-winning Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded
programs, including the Start Safe: A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers
and Their Families and the Home Safety Literacy Project. During her nearly two
decades at Safe Kids Worldwide, she was responsible for the organization's domestic
and global programs, as well as its research in unintentional childhood injury risk areas,
including fire and burn safety programs. In addition, she partnered with the Inclusive
Preparedness Center to develop and disseminate Smoke and Fire Safety Action
Planners to individuals living in underserved communities through partnerships with
community-based fire and burn safety educators.
At the national level, Dr. Mickalide currently serves on several boards and advisory committees, including the ABA’s Burn Prevention Committee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Board of Scientific Counselors, the National Fire Protection Association’s Educational Messages Advisory Committee, the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, and the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths. She also serves on the National Scald Prevention Campaign Steering Committee and the Vision 20/20 Prevention Marketing Strategy.
Despite a career based in the non-profit sector, Dr. Mickalide has maintained strong roots in the scholarly arena. She has published more than 90 articles, book chapters, research reports, and editorials as well as delivered nearly 400 conference presentations over the past three decades. Dr. Mickalide has held academic appointments in public health at both Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities, and has mentored approximately 30 graduate students during their internships and capstone experiences. She also serves on the editorial boards of two professional journals, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, and co-edited the book Healthy & Safe Homes: Research, Practice, and Policy.
A nationally-recognized spokesperson, she has appeared on CNN, the NBC Today Show, and CBS This Morning, and has been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, Parents Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Good Housekeeping, in addition to hundreds of local print and broadcast media outlets.
Throughout her career, Dr. Mickalide has received numerous honors, including the Early Career Award and the Sarah Mazelis Award from the American Public Health Association's Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, the Health Service Commendation for Exemplary Performance as staff coordinator of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the Champion of SAFE KIDS Award. Dr. Mickalide also was awarded the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Trophy for her contributions as the Trustee for Publications and Communications by the organization's president.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Dr. Mickalide’s community service leadership roles abound. She is secretary of the Kensington Historical Society; a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Commission on Children and Youth; and chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the American Association of University Women’s 2015 Maryland State Convention. She resides in Kensington, Maryland with her husband Ali Alikhani, both of whom are proud parents of their two young adults, Anna Maryam and Andrew Daryoush.