About Us

Steven M. Moffatt, MD
Executive Director and Clinical Research Scientist

Steven M. Moffatt, MD is the founder of Public Safety Medical, an occupational medical practice based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Public Safety Medical provides hundreds of fire and law enforcement departments across Indiana and the bordering states with specialized medical, fitness, and psychological evaluations and interventions. 

Dr. Moffatt is a highly regarded medical subject matter expert for public safety professions. He is a pioneer in the development of standards for medical surveillance programs for firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other first responders.  Dr. Moffatt serves on national boards including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the IAFF/IAFC Wellness-Fitness Task Force, the National Fire Protection Association, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In 2015, Dr. Moffatt formed the National Institute for Public Safety Health, a private non-profit research center specializing in investigations to improve the health and wellness of firefighters and law enforcement officers. 

Dr. Moffatt is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine with a specialty in Internal Medicine. Public Safety Medical, along with the City of Indianapolis, received the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine National Corporate Health Achievement Award that recognizes exemplary worker health, safety and environmental management programs. Indianapolis was the first municipality to win this award in the nation.

Carolyn M. Muegge, MS, MPH, PhD(c)
Research Scientist

Carolyn M. Muegge, MS, MPH, PhD (c) is a research scientist at the National Institute for Public Safety Health, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. Carolyn holds a Master of Science in Health Promotion from Purdue University, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and is a candidate for the doctoral degree in Epidemiology at Fairbanks School of Public Health. Carolyn’s research focuses on the health and wellness of firefighters and law enforcement officers. Her major research interests include trends in health risk factors, barriers to a healthy lifestyle and mortality in Indiana firefighters. Carolyn has been PI on several contracts and grants. She has authored or co-authored more than 80 manuscripts, technical reports, posters, and presentations. Carolyn was part of the team at Public Safety Medical winning the American College of Occupational and Environmental Health Corporate Achievement Award for the City of Indianapolis Health Management Program and the Partnership for Healthy Children Award for the Tobacco Free Marion County Project. Carolyn is a selected member of the honorary society in public health, Delta Omega.

Vanessa Kleinschmidt, MPH
Research Project Manager

Vanessa Kleinschmidt has worked as the research project manager for the National Institute for Public Safety Health since 2016. Vanessa assists with the design, management, and execution of health-based research projects among the fire service and law enforcement, often collaborating with other research institutions across multiple sites. She has co-authored multiple manuscripts, technical reports, posters, and conference abstracts. Vanessa holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health.