Kristy Arbogast, PhD

Director of Engineering

Kristy Arbogast, PhD is the Engineering Core Director for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Pennsylvania.  In 1997, she received her PhD in Bioengineering from The University of Pennsylvania.  At CIRP, she heads multiple projects on motor vehicle injuries in children including a focus on abdominal injury biomechanics.  She was a co-investigator on the Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS) project, a 10-year national study on child passenger safety funded by State Farm Insurance. Her current research efforts include the biomechanics of pediatric injury for the development of new safety designs and biofidelic child anthropomorphic dummies.  She has given many invited lectures on the biomechanics of unintentional injury to children, both nationally and internationally, and has been recognized by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Automotive Occupants Restraints Council for her work. She can be contacted at

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