Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Emma Sartin, PhD, MPH, CPST

Emma Sartin CIRP
Research Postdoctoral Fellow

Emma Sartin, PhD, MPH, CPST serves as a Research Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH. Broadly, her research focuses on studying and alleviating disparities in health behaviors and improving physical and social outcomes for marginalized populations. At CIRP, she is collaborating with Dr. Curry on several research projects that aim to elucidate the nuances of and similarities between typically developing teenagers and teenagers with developmental disabilities during the learning-to-drive process.

She is working to develop a research program that utilizes data from the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) Data Warehouse to establish pathways of disparities in child passenger safety, with a goal of informing future intervention efforts. Additionally, she is working with industry partners to develop and evaluate health technology-based interventions and tools to mitigate poor safety and health outcomes for child and adolescent populations across the U.S.

Dr. Sartin received her BS in Psychology from the University of Alabama and then completed a dual degree MPH in Health Behavior/PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her graduate work, she studied brain development in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and has since engaged in research observing various parent-child communication dynamics. She has been a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) since March 2018 and has worked closely with the Alabama coalition of SafeKids Worldwide to provide and evaluate bi-weekly community car seat check-up events. Emma can be reached at

Research Interests

Child passenger safety, health disparities, injury prevention, parent-teen relationships