Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Julie Mansfield, PhD

Julie Mansfield CIRP
CIRP Associate Fellow

Julie Mansfield, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University's Injury Biomechanics Research Center, an Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the site director for the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS).

Her research primarily focuses on understanding the mechanics of injury; specifically, she is interested in the usage and performance of child restraint systems (CRS) in vehicles and the prevention of pediatric injury. Currently, Dr. Mansfield leads two (CChIPS)-funded research projects: one compares high-back and low-back booster seats installed with and without LATCH, and the other focuses on refining an interactive CRS education system.

Dr. Mansfield serves on the Scientific Program Committee and Student Program Subcommittee for the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), the Occupant Protection for Children Committee for the Lifesavers Conference, and the Technical Committee for the Injury Biomechanics Symposium. She is a Co-Organizer of the Occupant Restraints Session for the SAE International World Congress Experience and also serves as a manuscript reviewer for SAE International and Traffic Injury Prevention journals.

Dr. Mansfield received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University and then completed her MS in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is also a certified child passenger safety technician (CPST).

Research Interests

Pediatric Injury Biomechanics, Child Restraint System (CRS) Performance, CRS Usability and Compatibility, Child Passenger Safety Outreach/Education


Effectiveness of Boosters vs. Forward-facing Five-Point Harness (CChIPS), Implementation of Interactive CRS Education Station (CChIPS)