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): 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…
CHOP Mentor(s): Shresta Mari-Gowda, MS; Flaura Winston, MD, PhD
CIRP Co-op (2009)

"During my time at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at CHOP,  I worked on a project measuring child seat belt fits in accident-prone vehicles in an effort to help design a safer seat belt for children. My mentors, Shresta Mari-Gowda, MS and Dr. Flaura Winston, taught me the importance of professionalism and multidisciplinary teamwork in solving complex health…
CHOP Mentor(s): Meghan Marsac, PhD
CIRP Research Assistant (2009) 

"I spent several months working at CIRP under the mentorship of Dr. Meghan Marsac, evaluating the effectiveness of a website to help parents better understand their child's reaction to an injury from a potentially traumatic event. Since then I have graduated with a degree in Sociology from Boston College and am currently working as a research coordinator in the sur…
CHOP Mentor(s): Suzanne Hill, BA; Ayana Bradshaw, MPH; Joel Fein, MD, MPH
Government Affairs Fellow (2009-2010) 

"I worked as the government affairs fellow from July 2009 to May 2010 under Suzanne Hill, Ayana Bradshaw and Dr. Joel Fein. While at CIRP, I worked on efforts to arrange a coalition of small safety groups and major automotive companies to push teen driver restrictions at the national and state level. I also helped the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prev…
CHOP Mentor(s): Christine Norris, BA
CIRP Co-Op (2009-2010)                                                                                   

"During my one year experience with the Outreach and Advocacy team at CIRP, I helped to develop the award-winning teen driver website The projects and people from CIRP not only helped me improve as a young professional, but also contributed to my experiences at my next t…
CHOP Mentor(s): Meghan Marsac, PhD
CIRP Trainee Research Assistant (2009-2010)                                                                           

"I was part of CIRP for a year, working with Dr. Meghan Marsac, Kristen Kohser, and Dr. Nancy Kassam-Adams on projects that sought to understand responses that both children and parents had to acute injury. I also contributed to the development of a website for children coping wi…
CHOP Mentor(s): Sri Balasubramanian, PhD
CIRP Co-op (2009-2010)                                                                      

"Since leaving the Center in 2010, I graduated with a BS/MS dual degree in Biomedical Engineering. I'm now working in data management at DSG Inc., a clinical trial software company in Malvern, PA. My experience with human subject data, data analysis and MATLAB programming at CIRP have been invaluable to m…
CHOP Mentor(s): Rachel Myers, MS, Chrissie Forke, RN, MSN, CRNP
Penn Work Study Program Student (2009-2012) 

"During my undergraduate years at the University of Pennsylvania, I was part of the Penn Work Study Program at CIRP under Rachel Myers and Chrissie Forke. We worked on several studies surrounding relationship violence in adolescents and young adults, most recently on a study that would help college faculty and staff understand how students view and use…
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