Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Chelsea Ward McIntosh, MS, CCRP

Chelsea Ward McIntosh CIRP@CHOP
Project Manager I

Chelsea Ward McIntosh, MS, CCRP joined the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 2015 as a Clinical Research Coordinator II, originally through the Clinical Research Support Office (CRSO). Since that time she has worked on teen driving safety projects, mostly involving driving simulation, with multiple CIRP investigators.

Chelsea is currently working with the Neuroscience of Driving Program team on projects that include developing a normative dataset of new drivers’ performance on a virtual driving test, exploring the neural bases of driving behavior using cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques, and investigating the roles of brain development and injury recovery on driving performance. She is also interested in the impact of clinical conditions on the learning-to-drive and returning-to-drive processes, such as epilepsy and concussion, the development of interventions to increase driver safety, and advocacy for policies to increase safe community mobility.

Chelsea joined CHOP after positions in mental health case management, higher education, social sciences research, and cardiovascular drug trials. She holds a BS in Psychology from Neumann University, an MS in Experimental Psychology from Rivier University, and is working toward a Professional Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation Therapy from the University of Florida. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and a member of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and CHOP’s Professional Society for Pediatric Clinical Research (PROSPER@CHOP).

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Research Interests

teen driving, driving simulation, driver rehabilitation, neuroimaging


Neuroscience of Driving