Natalie Oppenheimer joined the Center for Injury Research and Prevention in January 2018 as the Program Coordinator for Dr. Flaura Winston. In this role, she is working with Dr. Winston to build an innovation ecosystem at CHOP to promote idea-sharing, problem-solving, and entrepreneurship within our organization. She also coordinates various research projects looking at Teen Driving Safety, including work with Diagnostic Driving, a CHOP spin-out company that uses a driving simulator to improve the driving skills and attitudes of license-eligible drivers.
Natalie has experience in both Clinical and Social Psychology research. Prior to joining CHOP, she worked in a clinical research lab at Fox Chase Cancer Center exploring quality of life issues and patient-provider communication among breast cancer patients and survivors. There, she headed recruitment for two studies: a pilot trial testing the effectiveness of a phone-based couples therapy program, and an in-clinic recording study analyzing communication about quality of life concerns. Previously, she also spent time in a Work and Organization Studies Lab at MIT Sloan School of Management studying gender and race counterstereotypes. This lab work allowed Natalie to develop strong analytical, writing, organizational, and communication skills which she uses and continues to refine in her current role. Natalie earned her BA in Psychology and Spanish from Wellesley College.