Since joining the CIRP team in 2009, Rachel Myers, PhD has worked on several studies related to both intentional and unintentional pediatric and adolescent injury prevention. She served as the coordinator for the multi-phase National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS), which sought to develop and determine the feasibility of a system for collecting supplemental child-specific motor vehicle crash data as part of existing national traffic safety data collection efforts. Additionally, Dr. Myers was the research coordinator for the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC), a CDC-funded Urban Academic Center of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention. PCVPC brought together academic partners from several Philadelphia universities and community members to engage in community-based participatory research methods to address youth violence prevention in the communities of West and Southwest Philadelphia.
Presently, she serves several roles as part of CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI). In addition to being a VPI Fellow, she also serves as the research coordinator for the Violence Intervention Program (VIP), which provides trauma-informed case management services to violently-injured youth treated in the CHOP ED. She has been responsible for streamlining recruitment and data collection procedures to ensure the complete and accurate collection and documentation of sensitive client data by multiple case managers. She has led the development of a new VIP-specific database to meet the needs of both clinicians and researchers. Dr. Myers is also a member of the STOP Intimate Partner Violence team at CHOP and the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) task force, which brings together diverse CHOP stakeholders to develop and refine procedures for the sensitive and timely identification and referral of CHOP families experiencing IPV.
Prior to joining CIRP, Dr. Myers worked in the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she served as the coordinator for several studies related to intimate partner violence and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. She received her Masters of Science in Epidemiology and her PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the College of Public Health at Temple University, where her research examined experiences of childhood witnessing of intimate partner violence among young, urban minority women. Dr. Myers can be reached at email@example.com.