CIRP TRAINING TESTIMONIALS

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): 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…
CHOP Mentor(s): Katie Halkyard, MPH
Injury Research Intern/Research Assistant (2015-2016)

"I joined CIRP in April 2015 as a Drexel University co-op student and continued to work as a research assistant while finishing my bachelor's degree in Psychology. I became a clinical research coordinator in July 2016. Working at CIRP I coordinate and support several research projects, including: a Teen Outreach Evaluation for Driving Safety g…
CHOP Mentor(s): Aditya Belwadi, PhD
Injury Research Intern/Research Assistant (2013-2016)

"Between the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2016, I worked primarily with Dr. Aditya Belwadi as part of my Drexel co-op experience, working first as a full-time Research Assistant and then continuing on part-time while still in classes. As a Mechanical Engineering student with interests and some experience in Biomechanics, I had been looking f…
CHOP Mentor(s): Rachel Myers, PhD; Joel Fein, MD
Penn Work Study Program Research Assistant (2009-2012)

"I joined CIRP during my undergraduate years at the University of Pennsylvania as a research assistant for the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center. During my three years, I worked on a variety of tasks, including literature searches, staffing surveys, manuscript preparation, and IRB submissions. Since leaving CIRP, I earned…
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