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.

Christie Alminde, RN, CPN

Nurse Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Pediatric Stress (CPTS)
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: pediatric traumatic stress, trauma-informed care, injury prevention education

Projects: Secondary Prevention of Traumatic Stress through Pediatric Trauma Care, HealthCareToolbox.org

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

Research Scientist
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Steven Berkowitz, MD

Fellow of CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

  1. Director
    Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery
    The University of Pennsylvania
  2. Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
    Department of Psychiatry
    The University of Pennsylvania

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: New Jersey Traffic Safety Outcomes Program, 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
  2. Adjunct Fellow
    Center for Public Health Initiatives
    The University of Pennsylvania

Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE

Investigator
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
    Office of Clinical and Translational Research
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
  2. Director of Research
    Division of Emergency Medicine
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Professor of Pediatrics
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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

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

Megan Fisher Thiel, MPH

Research Coordinator, Teen Driver Safety
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: teen driver safety, public health

Projects: TeenDrivingPlan (TDP), Young Driver Research Initiative

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

Siobhan Gruschow, MPH, MEd

Clinical Research Coordinator III
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Katherine Halkyard, MPH

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

Aimee Hildenbrand

Clinical Research Assistant
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: neurocognitive and psychosocial consequences of pediatric trauma and illness

Projects: Child and Adolescent Reaction to Injury and Trauma (CARIT); The Cellie Coping Kit for Sickle Cell Disease; The Cellie Coping Kit for Injury; The Cellie Coping Kit for Cancer

  1. Graduate Student Representative
    Department of Psychology
    Drexel University

Suzanne D. Hill

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

Research Interests: Health Policy

Projects: Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management, Violence Prevention Initiative, Teen Driver Safety Research, National Child Occupant Special Study, 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

Ronni Kessler, MSEd

Clinical Research Coordinator III
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Jinyong Kim, PhD

Research Scientist
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

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

Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM

Research Interests: Pediatric and adolescent concussion

Projects: Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management

  1. Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Attending Physician, Associate Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN

Principal Investigator, Teen Driver Safety Research
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. Assistant Professor
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Jessica H. Mirman, PhD

Adjunct Scientist
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

Projects: TeenDrivingPlan, Profesionals, Patients, and Parents Partnering to Improve Adolescent Health (P4)

  1. Applied Developmental Psychologist/Scientist
    Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Lindsey Mitros, BA

Outreach Specialist
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: child passenger safety, violence prevention, pediatric biomechanics

Projects: Violence Prevention Initiative, Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)

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, Public Health

Projects: Violence Intervention Program (VIP), Children and Moms Project (CAMP)

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

Research Interests: digital health communications, teen driver safety, post-injury care and recovery

Projects: TeenDrivingPlan (TDP), Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA), Digital Health Initiative (DHI)

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

Jennifer Swope, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator II
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Projects: Wed-Based Intervention to Prevent Risky Driving Study

  1. Clinical Research Coordinator
    Clinical Research Support Office
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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

Managing Director
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

Collaborator
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Interests: Epidemiology, Emergency Medicine, Injury Prevention

Projects: Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), Minds Matter: Improving Pediatric Concussion Management

  1. Attending Physician
    Division of Emergency Medicine
    Hasbro Children’s Hospital- Providence, Rhode Island
  2. Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
    Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University- Providence, Rhode Island