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Dina Burstein, MD, MPH

Project Director
HOPE National Resource Center


Dina Burstein, MD MPH is an experienced physician, healthcare project designer, and leader with over 20 years of success in scientific research, grant writing, analysis, training, and clinical practice. Her aim is to enhance the well-being of individuals and the community by presenting and promoting programs while leveraging proficiency in research, care management, injury prevention, and clinical effectiveness.

Dr. Burstein is the Project Director at the HOPE National Resource Center located within the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine at Tufts Medicine and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). At the HOPE National Resource Center, she oversees its operations, leads the research team on grant and manuscript writing, and mentors undergraduate, graduate, and medical students through its internship program. In her previous role as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, she directed injury prevention-focused community outreach programming and community-based research projects and taught and mentored students.

Dr. Burstein has co-led numerous research projects focused on positive childhood experiences (PCEs). With the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, she helped launch the Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PCEs & ACEs) Data dashboard and provided input in creating a statewide awareness campaign on promoting PCEs. This collaborative project was funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Essentials for Childhood: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences through Data to Action grant program.

Dr. Burstein was also a co-investigator on the Measuring the Impact of Violence against Children and Women during a Pandemic – Family Snapshot Survey project with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Prevent Child Abuse America and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data Analysis project with the CDC. These projects resulted in three publications in 2024 on the prevalence of PCEs among adults (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), corporal punishment during COVID-19 (Pediatric Reports), and childcare disruptions and parental stress during COVID-19 (Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics).

In 2022, Dr. Burstein was awarded a TUSM Innovations in Education Intramural Grant to create a custom Community Service Learning online course for first-year TUSM students. The course covers cultural humility, how to learn from the local community, anti-racism, and practicing medicine using PCEs and the HOPE framework.

Dr. Burstein holds a BS in Chemistry from Tufts University and MD and MPH degrees from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a proud mother of three adult children and lives in Rhode Island with her two mischievous orange cats.

Other Positions

Associate Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine

Education and Training

Pediatric Internship
The New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, New York City, NY

Pediatric Residency
Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT


University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA


Tufts University, Medford, MA

Predictors of Corporal Punishment during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sege R, Purdue EL, Burstein D, Niolon PH, Swedo EA, Hurley TP, Prasad K, Klika B.
Pediatr Rep. 2024 April 19. 16(2): 300-312. DOI: 10.3390/pediatric16020026

Childcare Disruptions and Parental Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Xu C, Purdue EL, Sege R, Sweigart B, Burstein D.
J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2024 Jan. 45(1): e21-30. DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000001241

Protective factors associated with reduced substance use and depression among gender minority teens

Burstein D, Purdue EL, Jones J, Breeze J, Chen Y, Sege R.
J LGBT Youth. 2023 Jul 2. DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2023.2230462

Pharmacist attitudes toward pharmacy-based naloxone: A cross-sectional survey study

Burstein D, Baird J, Bratberg J, et al.
J Am Pharm Assoc. 2023 Mar. 60(2): 304-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.japh.2019.11.004

Responding to the Community: HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences)

Sege R, Burstein D, Yang C.
In: Lerner D, Palm M, Concannon T. Broadly-Engaged Team Science in Clinical and Translational Research. Springer, Cham. 2022. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-83028-1_15

Transforming Practice with HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences)

Burstein D, Yang C, Johnson K, Linkenbach J, Sege R.
Matern Child Health J. 2021 Jul. 25(7): 1019-1024. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-021-03173-9

Formative Research to Underpin a Text Messaging Home Safety Intervention for Young Mothers

Mello MJ, Gilbard Z, Burstein D, et al.
Health Education Journal, 2019 Apr. 78(3): 266-272. DOI: 10.1177/0017896918799799

Child Passenger Safety Technician Consultation in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting

Burstein D, Zonfrillo M, Baird J, Mello M.
Clin Pediatr. 2017 Sep. 56(10): 928-933. DOI: 10.1177/0009922817706146

View more publications

Social Engagement and Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review of the Literature.

Pediatric Academic Societies 2024 Meeting.
Poster presentation. May 2024. Toronto, ON.

A Scoping Review of Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences.

28th Annual Injury Free Coalition for Kids National Conference.
Podium presentation. Dec 2023. Fort Lauderdale, FL.

HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences).

A View from All Sides 2023 Conference.
Workshop facilitator. Nov 2023. Framingham, MA.

Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences: A Scoping Review.

Pediatric Academic Societies 2023 Meeting.
Poster presentation. May 2023. Washington, DC.

Reducing Unintentional Injury by Creating Equitable Access to Safe Environments.

27th Annual Injury Free Coalition for Kids National Conference.
Workshop facilitator. Dec 2022. Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Advancing the Language of HOPE.

26th Annual Injury Free Coalition for Kids National Conference.
Workshop facilitator. Dec 2022. Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The HOPE framework.

Parents as Teachers National Conference.
Presentation. Sep 2021. Virtual.

Using HOPE to Improve Practice.

Prevent Child Abuse America conference.
Presentation. Mar 2020. Virtual.


Community Service Excellence Award
Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Department of Emergency Medicine, 2019

Civilian Traffic Safety Hero Award
Rhode Island Department of Transportation, 2019

Best Abstract – Original Research
Injury Free Coalition for Kids National Meeting, 2014


Using a Positive Deviance Approach to Increase Access to Positive Childhood Experiences
Garden State Equality, 2023-2024

Using a Positive Deviance Approach to Increase Access to Positive Childhood Experiences
Tufts University School of Medicine Innovation in Education Award, 2022-2023

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