Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Thomas Seacrist, MBE

Thomas Seacrist, MBE, CHOP CIRP
Director of Training, Biomechanics Project Manager

Thomas Seacrist is Director of Training and a Project Manager for Biomechanics research at the Center for Injury Research & Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Thomas joined CIRP in 2007 with the primary responsibility of overseeing pediatric volunteer biomechanics experiments. His current research includes understanding how the anatomical and developmental differences between children and adults affect their motion during motor vehicle crashes, evaluating the biofidelity of and identifying potential improvements to child crash test dummies, and detecting differences in driving behavior between novice teen and experienced adult drivers using simulated driving assessments. He has presented and published internationally at pediatric, biomechanics, and engineering venues. Thomas also serves as Director of CIRP's Injury Science Training Program, including overseeing CIRP's Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site.

Prior to his time at CIRP, Thomas studied the biomechanics of human motion in children with cerebral palsy at the National Rehabilitation Hospital and performed mechanical testing on bioengineered cartilage equivalents in the Orthopedics Research Department at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Thomas holds a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He can be contacted at: Seacristt@email.chop.edu 

Research Interests

pediatric biokinematics, crash test dummy development, simulated driving assessment

Projects

Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA)