Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD

Scientific Director and Founder

Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD is a board-certified pediatrician, a doctorally-trained engineer and a public health researcher who conducts research at the interface of child and adolescent health, injury, engineering and behavioral science. Dr. Winston’s work is published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and focuses on the area of traffic injury. Her research to action to impact approach and pragmatic rigor has led to patents and a focus on evidence-based digital health to improve health outcomes. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and serves as the Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Director of the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, and Director of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates site

Dr. Winston currently serves as an Associate Editor of Injury Prevention, has served on multiple US federal study sections, committees and advisory panels and held executive committee positions with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Secretariat for the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention. For her work, Dr. Winston has received funding from federal, state, corporate and non-profit foundation sources, with major funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the State of Pennsylvania and State Farm Insurance Companies. She has received awards from a range of organizations which reflect her interdisciplinary background: American Society of Mechanical Engineers; American Academy of Pediatrics; the Governor’s Highway Safety Association; American Philosophical Society; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; University of Pennsylvania; US Maternal and Child Health Bureau; Academy Health; Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO) & National Quality Forum; US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American Public Health Association; American Institute of Medical and Bioengineering; and Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. A sample of award-winning, evidence-based websites that highlight her work are: teen driver safety – teendriversource.org, child occupant protection – www.chop.edu/carseat and promotion of recovery after child injury – AfterTheInjury.org. Read about her work with CHOP's Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA).