Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH
Senior Scientist & Director of Epidemiology

Dr. Curry's research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of motor vehicle crashes in children and adolescents.

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Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine, and a senior scientist in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention.

Dr. Curry's research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of motor vehicle crashes in children and adolescents. She leads the development of the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) Data Warehouse, a tool 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.

She is the principal investigator 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 and autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Curry also serves as the site PI for a suite of NICHD- and CDC-funded grants that aim to develop and evaluate novel traffic safety technologies in collaboration with Minnesota HeathSolutions.

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, 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 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, non-profit organizations, and corporate entities in the field of automotive safety. Dr. Curry previously was the director of research at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Notable Career Achievements

  • 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 85 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, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Pediatrics.
  • Curry served as an associate editor for the journal Traffic Injury Prevention and is currently a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board's Committee on Vehicle User Education, Training, and Licensing (ACH60) and Young Driver Subcommittee.
  • Her article, “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.
  • She has received more than $7.4 million in funding as principal investigator and more than $28.0 million as co-investigator.

BA, Northwestern University (Anthropology, Pre-medicine), 1998

MPH, University of California, Los Angeles (Epidemiology), 2001

PhD, Emory University (Epidemiology), 2007

Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Senior Scientist

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Society for Epidemiologic Research, 2010-

American College of Epidemiology, 2010-

American Public Health Association, 2010-

Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2010-

Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, 2010-

Transportation Research Board, 2013-

Magna cum laude, Northwestern University, 1998

Academic Fellowship, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health, 1999-2001

Graduate International Fellowship, David L. Boren National Security Education Program ($20,000), 2001

Travel Scholarship, Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003

Teaching Assistant of the Year, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health, 2003

Travel Scholarship, Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003

Teaching Assistant of the Year, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health, 2003

Teaching Assistant of the Year, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2004

Diana Russell Predoctoral Research Award, Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation. Award for an outstanding female graduate student in science or engineering, 2004

1st Summer Institute in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology. Fully funded for participation in summer institute sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Woods Hole, MA, 2004

Teaching Assistant of the Year, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2004

Diana Russell Predoctoral Research Award, Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation. Award for an outstanding female graduate student in science or engineering, 2004

2013 GDL Champion Award, awarded by the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition to the Center for Injury Research and Prevention in part to recognize research (as PI) to evaluate NJ's GDL decal provision, 2013

Industry-Nominated Technology Breakthroughs of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers, Serious teen crashes: Identification of common scenarios and factors (Co-PI), 2014

SAVIR Best Science Award for best presentation, Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 2019

Contact Information

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