Rachel K. Myers, PhD, MS
Research Scientist

Dr. Myers' research focuses on studies related to pediatric and adolescent injury prevention.


Dr. Myers is a research scientist at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) and a research scholar with the Center for Violence Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She serves as the research director for the CHOP Violence Intervention Program (VIP). Her research focuses on both intentional and unintentional pediatric and adolescent injury prevention and recovery.

Dr. Myers’ research addresses the epidemiology of intentional pediatric injuries and evaluation of hospital-based and community-focused programming to support recovery of injured youth and their families. She leads efforts to enhance the evaluation of pediatric hospital-based violence intervention programs with support from the National Institute of Justice. She collaborated with member programs of the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (The HAVI) to establish the feasibility of cross-site data sharing among hospital-based violence intervention programs and to establish outcomes and practices to enhance understanding and collection of outcomes achieved by such programs.

Additionally, Dr. Myers remains actively involved in work addressing child and adolescent passenger safety in motor vehicle crashes. She is currently conducting a study examining the use of child restraints and injury outcomes in motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey, using the novel New Jersey-Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) data warehouse. Dr. Myers also serves as a co-investigator of an NICHD-funded study examining transportation and driving among young adults with autism.

BA, University of Pennsylvania (Health and Societies), 2005

MS, Temple University (Epidemiology), 2011

PhD, Temple University (Public Health), 2016

Research Director, Violence Intervention Program, Center for Violence Prevention

Research Scientist, Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

American Public Health Association, 2014-

Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, 2017-

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 2018-

Contact Information


Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, 2716 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19146