Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Elizabeth Walshe, PhD

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Research Scientist I

Elizabeth Walshe, PhD is a Research Scientist I at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Walshe's research primarily focuses on using neuropsychological and neuroscientific techniques to understand higher-level cognitive attention and executive control as it relates to and mediates performance on complex motor tasks.

At CIRP, she is part of the Neuroscience of Driving Program which is utilizing advanced simulated driving tools together with a range of neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neural activity and neuropsychological factors underlying driving behavior and crash incidence, particularly in young novice drivers.

Elizabeth Walshe, PhD joined CIRP in January 2017 as a Research Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Flaura Winston, MD, PhD. Dr. Walshe was jointly appointed at the University of Pennsylvania, as the Martin Fishbein Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center under the supervision of Dan Romer, PhD.

Dr. Walshe received her BA in Psychology and graduated with a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland). Her PhD research investigated the higher-level cognitive processes and electrophysiology underlying gait and fall-risk in older adults and stroke survivors. During her PhD she used electroencephalography to examine neural activity associated with attention and executive control and completed a number of training workshops for the use of other neuroimaging techniques (such as MRI/fMRI).

Dr. Walshe can be contacted at

Research Interests

neurocognitive and psychological factors underlying negative driving behavior and outcomes (crashes) in young drivers


neuroscience of driving, virtual driving skills assessment