Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH

Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Allison Curry, PhD is a Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of motor vehicle crashes in children and adolescents. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and State Farm Insurance Companies to evaluate the effects of a novel Graduated Driver Licensing provision on the rate of teen compliance, enforcement, and crash rates. She also is the Co-Principal Investigator of a study investigating the proximate crash environment of teen crashes, and Co-Investigator of a randomized trial of an intervention designed to enhance adult-supervised practice driving during the learner's permit phase. Dr. Curry's methodological interests include the linkage and utilization of existing administrative datasets and measurement of compliance with traffic safety laws. Prior to her position at CHOP, Dr. Curry was the Director of Research at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Bureau of Vital Statistics and was involved in epidemiologic studies of maternal and child health.

An award-winning scientist, Dr. Curry has been honored for her achievements by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, American Women in Science, and the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Education program. Her recent article entitled, “Graduated Driver Licensing Decal Law: Effect on Young Probationary Drivers,” published in the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was voted Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Most Influential Research Article of 2012.

Dr. Curry earned her BA from Northwestern University, her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California Los Angeles, and her PhD in Epidemiology from Emory University. Dr. Curry can be contacted at currya@email.chop.edu.