Meet Our Team

The interdisciplinary CIRP team spans a wide spectrum of specialties. Please use the drop-down menu to view staff members by their primary area of expertise.

Mari Allison, BS

  1. Bioengineering PhD Candidate
    The University of Pennsylvania

Kristy Arbogast, PhD

Co-Scientific Director and Director of Engineering
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Pediatric Biokinematics, crash test dummy development, optimizing rear seat design for children, pediatric concussion and traumatic brain injury

Projects: Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management, National Child Occupant Special Study, Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS)

  1. Co-Director
    Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)
  2. Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Division of Emergency Medicine
    The University of Pennsylvania

Sriram Balasubramanian, PhD

Adjunct Research Scientist
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Impact, Sports and Orthopedic Biomechanics

  1. Assistant Professor
    School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
    Drexel University

Aditya Belwadi, PhD

  1. Postdoctoral Fellow
    Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)

Dana Bonfiglio, BS

Simulator Coordinator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Ayana Bradshaw, MPH

Administrative Director
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

  1. Program Manager
    National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs

Charles C. Branas, PhD

Epidemiologist
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Gun Violence, Emergency Medicine

Projects: Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC)

  1. Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Danielle Centeno, MA

Violence Prevention Clinical Research Coordinator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Projects: Violence Prevention Initiative

Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH

Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Pediatric and Injury Epidemiology, Epidemiologic Methods, Teen Driving, Child Passenger Safety

Projects: Teen Driver Safety Research, National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS), Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)

  1. Adjunct Scholar
    Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    Perelman School of Medicine, The University of Pennsylvania

Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE

Scientific Director
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Epidemiology, Emergency Medicine, Injury Prevention

Projects: Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), Teen Driver Safety Research, Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS), NHTSA Indefinite Quantities Contract

  1. Director of Research
    Division of Emergency Medicine
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Jenna Ebbecke, BS

Clinical Research Assistant I
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Michael R. Elliott, PhD

Biostatistician
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Bayesian Models, Child Injury Risk, Industrial Injuries

Projects: Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), Child and Adolescent Reaction to Injury and Trauma (CARIT), National Young Driver Survey, Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS)

  1. Research Affiliate
    Population Studies Center
    The University of Michigan
  2. Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
    The University of Michigan
  3. Assistant Research Scientist
    Survey Research
    The University of Michigan

Bukola Famakinwa, BS

Clinical Research Assistant I
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Joel A. Fein, MD, MPH

Co-Director of CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

  1. Co-Director
    National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs
  2. Emergency Medicine Attending Physician
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH

Senior Scientist
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Digital Health interventions & evaluation; implementation and dissemination of evidence-based public health programs; health disparities; partnership development; community-engaged research

Projects: Digital Health technology development and dissemination

  1. Associate Research Professor – Adjunct
    Fox Chase Cancer Center

Teena Fletcher, BA, AS

Program Administrative Coordinator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Karen L. Garnett, BA Candidate

Resource Coordinator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Katherine Halkyard, BS

Research Coordinator, Digital Health
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: digital health, public health

Projects: Digital Health Initiative

  1. Research Assistant
    Office of Research and Evaluation
    The School District of Philadelphia

Patricia Ann Harris, BS

Office Manager, Assistant to Drs. Dennis Durbin and Flaura Winston
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Suzanne D. Hill, BA

Program Director, Outreach and Advocacy
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Health Policy

Projects: Teen Driver Safety Research, National Young Driver Survey, National Child Occupant Special Study, Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management, Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS)

Patty Huang, MD

  1. Attending Physician
    Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Lela Jacobsohn, PhD

Behavioral Researcher
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Projects: Teen Driver Research

Venk Kandadai, MPH

Project Manager
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: application of data science, predictive analytics, and statistical techniques to teen driver research, mHealth evaluation, outcomes research

Projects: Digital Health Initiative, Simulated Driving Assessment

  1. Technology Manager
    Digital Health Initiative/ CIRP
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD

Associate Director of Behavioral Research
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Pediatric Traumatic Stress

Projects: Child and Adolescent Reaction to Injury and Trauma (CARIT)

  1. Co-Director
    Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Konny Kim, MPH

Research Coordinator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Kristen Kohser, LMSW

Research Coordinator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Pediatric Traumatic Stress

Projects: Child and Adolescent Reaction to Injury and Trauma (CARIT)

Yi-Ching Lee, PhD

Human Factors Researcher
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Stephen Leff, PhD

Co-Director of CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

  1. Psychologist
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
    Pediatrics
    University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Caitlin Locey, BS

Research Project Engineer
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Pediatric Injury Biomechanics

Projects: Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)

Helen Loeb, PhD

Biomedical Research Engineer
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: teen driver safety, driving simulation, optimizing rear seat design for children, motion sensors and biokinematics

Projects: Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), Quantifying Children’s Posture in the Rear Seat: A Naturalistic Study, Validation of a Multidimensional Driving Simulator Assessment (WinS)

Matthew R. Maltese, PhD

  1. Director, Biomechanics Research
    Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Meghan Marsac, PhD

Behavioral Researcher and Director of Training
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

  1. Research Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Emily A. Mathews, MS

  1. Biomedical Engineering PhD Candidate
    Drexel University

Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN

Post-Doctoral Fellow
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: teens and risky driving behaviors; violence prevention; factors that contribute to adolescent morbidity and mortality associated with different types of intentional and unintentional injury

Projects: Teen Driver Safety; Violence Prevention

  1. Post-Doctoral Fellow
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Jessica H. Mirman, PhD

Behavioral Researcher
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Applied Developmental Psychology, Child Passenger Safety, Teen Driving, Health Management, Interactions with Parents and Peers in the Context of Health, Development of Health Behaviors, Intervention Development, and Program Evaluation

Lindsey Mitros, BA

Outreach Specialist
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Carol Murray, MSS, MLSP

Training Manager
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Rachel K. Myers, MS

Research Coordinator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Violence Prevention, Adolescent Health, Intimate Partner Violence, Child Passenger Safety, Public Health

Projects: Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC), National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS)

Michael L. Nance, MD

Investigator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Pediatric Trauma

Projects: Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS)

  1. Attending Surgeon
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Director
    Pediatric Trauma Program
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Christine Norris, BA

Writer/Editor
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Projects: Teen Driver Safety Research, National Young Driver Survey, Violence Prevention, CChIPS

Brooke Paskewich, PsyD

Violence Prevention Program Manager
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

  1. Program Manager
    National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs

Thomas Seacrist, MBE

Project Manager - Biomechanics
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Projects: Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)

Kim Slouf, MPH

Program Evaluation Coordinator- Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Megan C. Fisher Thiel, MPH

Research Coordinator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Projects: Teen Driver Research

Laura Vega, MSW, LSW

Violence Prevention Specialist
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Winston Wallace

Resource Coordinator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Dana Weidig, BA

Media Relations Specialist
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Eve Weiss, MS

Project Manager
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Projects: The Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)

Douglas Wiebe, PhD

Epidemiologist
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Firearm-related trauma

  1. Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD

Scientific Director and Founder
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

  1. Scientific Director
    Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)
  2. Attending Physician
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Professor of Pediatrics
    Division of General Pediatrics
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Mark R. Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE

Investigator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Epidemiology, Emergency Medicine, Injury Prevention

Projects: National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS), Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management

  1. Attending Physician
    Division of Emergency Medicine
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine