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 is a Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is also a faculty member at the school's Master of Public Health Program. Dr. Curry's program of research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of motor vehicle crashes in children and adolescents. She currently leads Developing the New Jersey Traffic Safety Outcomes Data Warehouse, a line of research at CIRP that aims to advance traffic safety research and associated epidemiologic methods through novel linkages of state-level administrative data sources.

Dr. Curry led the first study to evaluate the effects of a Graduated Driver Licensing decal provision on the rate of teen compliance, enforcement, and crash rates and is currently conducting work that directly informs state-level implementation of GDL policy. She is also the Principal Investigator of a program of research that aims to establish the scientific foundation for driving safety among teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) .

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 55 research publications and has published her work in high-impact journals, including JAMA Pediatrics, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Pediatrics. She 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 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


Longitudinal Study of Adverse Driving Outcomes among Adolescents with ADHD (NICHDR01HD079398, PI: Curry); Catalyzing Young Driver Research Via Data Linkage: Development of a Comprehensive Traffic Safety Data Warehouse (R21HD092850, PI: Curry); Characteristics of the Crashes of Older Novice Drivers in New Jersey (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, PI: Curry); Traumatic Brain Injury (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC); Examination of Driving Outcomes Among Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders (CHOP Foerderer Grant of Excellence, PI: Curry)