Behavioral Science Training

CIRP behavioral scientists work to determine why injury occurs and to understand how children recover physically and emotionally after an injury. Complementing the Center’s engineering and policy work, we use research methods for behavioral science to study factors involved in injury prevention and injury recovery. We apply social and psychological theoretical foundations to create behavior change models that can help individuals or populations adopt and perform safe behaviors or help children and parents respond effectively to the challenges of dealing with an injury. Students in CIRP’s Behavioral Science Training Program may participate in research methods for behavioral science aimed at understanding factors involved in safe teen driving and positive recovery from injuries, understanding parents’ role in teaching adolescents to drive, parent-child factors in child injury recovery, and developing and evaluating web-based secondary prevention interventions.

The overarching goal of our core is to prevent child injury from occurring and to promote positive outcomes following pediatric injury. Using research methods for behavioral science, CIRP scientists develop and evaluate interventions to prevent injury and negative consequences post-injury (i.e., prevent the development of posttraumatic stress or other lasting physical or psychosocial problems). An example of our work using research methods for behavioral science is AfterTheInjury.org, CIRP’s award-winning website that gives parents the tools they need to help their children fully recover after an injury.

Student Responsibilities for Research Methods for Behavioral Sciences Training:

  • Attend weekly project meetings
  • Attend regular mentorship meetings (as agreed upon with supervisor)
  • Become familiar with research protocols for selected projects
  • Screen, recruit, and enroll participants for research protocols
  • Perform data management (i.e., data entry and quality assurance)
  • Fulfill other assigned responsibilities as appropriate

Necessary Qualifications for Research Methods for Behavioral Sciences Training:

  • Students must be enrolled in or have completed an undergraduate or graduate training program.
  • Typical undergraduate majors include Psychology, Communications, Pre-Med, and others leading to health professions.
  • Typical graduate studies include Psychology, Medicine, Public Health, Communications, Behavioral Science, or other Mental Health-related areas.

Though not required, knowledge of SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Excel is preferred for CIRP's research methods for behavioral sciences training.

Read a blog post from Lindsay Zajac, a senior at Bucknell University, about her CIRP@CHOP training experiences in child traumatic stress research.

Contact Carol Murray, MSS, MLSP, training manager, for more information on CIRP’s Behavioral Sciences Training program.