Elease McLaurin, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention. Her research aims to improve the transportation system to support safe and efficient mobility for all.
Elease McLaurin, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) and is mentored by Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH. Dr. McLaurin’s research aims to improve the transportation system to support safe and efficient mobility for all.
She is especially interested in the development of interventions that improve the mobility of individuals with health-related impairments. At CIRP, she is collaborating with Dr. Curry on several research projects that will build the scientific foundation needed to develop interventions that support teens with autism during the learning-to-drive process.
Dr. McLaurin’s research draws on her interdisciplinary research background in both transportation engineering and human factors. During her graduate work, she studied the on-road driving behavior of individuals with and without obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), with the goal of identifying driving characteristics that could explain increased crash risk for individuals with OSA. As part of this research, she developed new data mining methods tailored to extracting insights from naturalistic driving data that are increasingly being used to better understand and model safe driving behaviors.
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Transportation Engineering), 2019
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Human Factors Engineering), 2016
MS, Iowa State University (Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering), 2013
BS, Iowa State University (Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering), 2012
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Research Fellow, awarded $5,000 towards graduate student research in transportation, (2017)
Eno Center for Transportation Fellow, Future Leaders Development Conference (Summer 2017)
Graduate Engineering Research Scholar (GERS) Fellowship, UW-Madison (2013-2018)
Best Student Paper, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Surface Transportation Group (2014)
McLaurin E, Lee JD, McDonald AD, Aksan N, Dawson JD, Tippin J, Rizzo M. Using Topic Modeling to Develop Multi-level Descriptions of Naturalistic Driving Data from Drivers With and Without Sleep Apnea. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 2018;58, 25–38.
Stone RT, McLaurin E, Zhong P, Watts K. (2013). Full Virtual Reality vs. Integrated Virtual Reality Training in Welding. Welding Journal. 2013;92(6).