Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Madeline Griffith, MS

Madeline Griffith CIRP
Research Project Engineer

Madeline Griffith, MS joined Children's Hopsital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) in 2020 as a Research Project Engineer after working as a graduate student Research Assistant at CIRP since the fall of 2018. During her time as a student at CIRP, Madeline studied and completed a Master’s Thesis on driver kinematics during takeover in an autonomous driving scenario. Madeleine was a recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Research Award at the University of Pennsylvania for her work on this study.

Madeline’s research interests include pediatric biomechanics and child passenger safety, in order to understand injury prevention in the automotive safety field. She is currently involved in several projects at CIRP aimed at understanding how in-vehicle warning systems affect the biomechanics of adult and teenage drivers, how adult and child passenger biomechanics are influenced by different automated and manual pre-crash maneuvers such as braking and swerving, and how child passenger kinematics vary in different seating arrangements. These studies use methods which span from physical sled testing, to driving simulator tests, to finite element analysis.

Madeline holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. She can be reached at

Research Interests

Child passenger safety, pediatric biomechanics