Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH

Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH, CHOP CIRP
Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention and Division of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Curry's program of research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of motor vehicle crashes in children and adolescents. She currently leads the development of the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) Data Warehouse (R21HD092850, R21HD098276), a tool that is being used to advance safety and health research and associated epidemiologic methods through novel linkages of state-level administrative data sources—including driver licensing; motor vehicle crashes; traffic citations; medical records; healthcare utilization; and vital statistics data.

Dr. Curry also is the Principal Investigator of a program of research funded by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) that aims to establish the scientific foundation for driving safety among teens with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (R01HD079398) and autism spectrum disorder (R01HD096221).

Dr. Curry also serves as the Site Principal Investigator for a suite of NICHD- and CDC-funded grants that aim to develop and evaluate novel traffic safety technologies in collaboration with Minnesota HeathSolutions (R44HD100278, R43HD097762, R44HD085660, R44CE002753).

Her previous studies include the first rigorous evaluation of the effects of a Graduated Driver Licensing decal provision on the rate of teen compliance, enforcement, and crash rates (R03HD073248) and several epidemiologic studies that directly inform state-level implementation of GDL policy, including consideration of whether GDL should be extended to older novice drivers. Dr. Curry also collaborated on a CDC-funded research study that utilizes CHOP electronic health records data to define the natural history and time course of concussions in children.

Her work has been funded by federal agencies (NIH, NSF, CDC), non-profit organizations (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), and corporate entities in the field of automotive safety. Overall, she has received more than $7.4 million in funding as Principal Investigator and more than $19.7 million as Co-Investigator.

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. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University in 1998 and earned her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California Los Angeles and her PhD in Epidemiology from Emory University in 2007.

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. She has co-authored more than 75 research publications and has published her work in high-impact journals, including JAMA Pediatrics, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and Pediatrics. Dr. Curry serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Traffic Injury Prevention and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board's Committee on Operator Education and Regulation and Young Driver Subcommittee. Her article entitled, “Graduated Driver Licensing Decal Law: Effect on Young Probationary Drivers,” published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was voted the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Most Influential Research Article of 2012.

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Research Interests

Pediatric and Injury Epidemiology, Epidemiologic Methods, Teen Driving, Child Passenger Safety