Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Rachel K. Myers, PhD, MS

Rachel Myers - CHOP CIRP
Research Scientist and Center for Violence Prevention Scholar

Rachel Myers, PhD, MS is an a Research Scientist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) and a Scholar with CHOP's Center for Violence Prevention. Dr. Myers also serves as the Research Director for CHOP's Violence Intervention Program (VIP) and is an Assistant Research Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.

Over the past decade, her research has focused on both intentional and unintentional pediatric and adolescent injury prevention and recovery. Dr. Myers employs both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work examining recovery after violence-related injury, diagnosis of pediatric injuries following interpersonal violence, and traffic safety among children and adolescents. She is specifically interested in evaluation of hospital- and community-based interventions to support youth and their families.

Dr. Myers is PI for a study funded by the National Institute of Justice to conduct a formative evaluation of VIP, continuing CHOP’s longstanding effort to establish and evaluate best practice to support youth and families recovering from community violence. She has collaborated with colleagues through The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention to advance efforts to support multisite research and evaluation of hospital-based violence intervention programs. She is also collaborating on several projects related to child passenger safety and adolescent driving and transportation. In her work, she strives to integrate both clinical and research expertise to ensure that research and evaluation efforts are feasible and relevant to diverse stakeholders, including practitioners, researchers, funders, and policymakers.

Dr. Myers is also an Associate Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania and a lecturer in the Penn Masters of Public Health Program, where she teaches a course in Intimate Partner Violence. She is committed to providing training and mentorship for both undergraduate and graduate students and routinely serves as a mentor for CIRP's Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, as well as capstone and fieldwork mentor for students in local public health programs. Dr. Myers can be reached at

Research Interests

Violence Prevention, Adolescent Health, Intimate Partner Violence, Public Health, Driving with Developmental Disabilities


Violence Intervention Program (VIP), STOP IPV, Autism ETA