Students that work at CIRP, whether for three months or three years, remain connected to the Center and our staff. Our students have gone on to pursue a variety of educational and professional opportunities, all with the backing of their CIRP mentors. Here are some CIRP Training Testimonials:
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CHOP Mentor(s): Christine Norris, Lindsey Mitros, Suzanne Hill
Digital Communications Intern (Summer 2023)

"During the summer of 2023, I had the privilege of embarking on a transformative journey at CIRP and CVP. As a Digital Communications Intern with the Outreach and Advocacy team, I was immersed in a dynamic and inspiring environment, collaborating with dedicated professionals and engaging in impactful projects. This incredibly enriching internship has no…
CHOP Mentor(s): Lauren O'Malley, MPH
Graduate Research Assistant (2021 – 2022)

While getting my Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Pennsylvania, I was the recipient of a graduate assistantship on Dr. Allison Curry’s team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP). Prior to joining CIRP, I had worked on several different research teams in various disciplines such as car…
CHOP Mentor(s): Thomas Seacrist, MBE
Graduate Research Assistant (May 2019-January 2022)

About one year after graduating from college, I pursued a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. About one year after completing that degree, I was offered my first full-time job. During that time – from May 2019 to January 2022 – I worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) as a Studen…
CHOP Mentor(s): Valentina Graci, PhD
Graduate Research Assistant (2018-2020)

Upon joining Center for Injury Research and Prevention’s (CIRP) Biomechanical Engineering Training Program in 2018, I primarily worked in data collection on the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)-funded project, “Can the Startle Reflex be Manipulated to Reduce Take-over Time in Pre-crash Scenarios for Autonomous Driving?” During Year 2 of t…
CHOP Mentor(s): Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD; Kristen Kohser, MSW, LSW
CIRP Summer Intern (2019)

"In the summer of 2019, I was an intern at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) under the mentorship of Dr. Nancy Kassam-Adams and Kristen Kohser, MSW, LSW. I spent the majority of my time at CIRP coding videos of ER training simulations for trauma-informed care (TIC) and family-centered care (FCC) behaviors. Throughout my time on this project, I helped D…
CHOP Mentor(s): Christine Norris, BA
Digital Communications Intern (Summer 2019)

"During the summer of 2019, I had the opportunity to work at CIRP as a Digital Communications Intern with the Outreach and Advocacy team. In this role, I learned so much about how to translate research and data into information that can aid audiences like medical professionals, stakeholders, and parents. Writing is something that I really enjoy, so I wa…
CHOP Mentor(s): Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN, FAAN
CIRP Co-Op Student and CChIPS Intern (2017-2018)

"During 2017, the junior year of my undergraduate program, I interned at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) through Drexel University's Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program. I assisted Dr. Catherine McDonald on the Web-Based Intervention to Prevent Risky Driving project as well as on other teen driving safety studies. My primary…
CHOP Mentor(s): Allison E. Curry, PhD
Graduate Research Assistant (2018)

"As a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Allison Curry's team, I was honored to attend the 2018 Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities as a Traffic Safety Scholar. The conference consisted of an extremely diverse crowd of public health professionals, law enforcement officers, transportation engineers, citizen advocates, and many ot…
CHOP Mentor(s): Meghan Marsac, PhD; Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD
Clinical Research Assistant (Summer 2013)

"In 2013, I participated in CHOP’s Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP). Under the mentorship of Dr. Meghan Marsac and Dr. Nancy Kassam-Adams, I contributed to two studies exploring strategies for the secondary prevention of posttraumatic stress and examining adjustment in children and families after acute medical events and injuries. I als…
CHOP Mentor(s): Jessica Mirman, PhD; Suzanne Hill; Christine Norris
Clinical Research Assistant (Spring 2016)

"During my time as a Research Assistant at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP, I had the opportunity of joining the TeenDrivingPlan (TDP) program team. I was mentored by Jessica Mirman, Suzanne Hill, and Christine Norris, all of whom are exceptionally talented in what they do. Throughout my internship, I supported the program developmen…
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