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 development and evaluation of TDP. I assisted with development and production of the TDP marketing video, also known as the eLearning curriculum video for parents to use. I developed many versions of logic models for various TDP implementation, supported the update of the teendriversource.org website and helped coordinate contracts and agreements. I participated in stakeholder development with the state of Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. While working on TDP program evaluation, I assisted with the program's data repository, developed procedures for TDP implementers, and translated existing survey measures into user-friendly formats using RedCap.
My experience at CIRP assisted me in developing the skills and tools necessary for program development. In this position, I learned the value of relationship building and the iterative process of logic models. Working closely with Suzanne and Christine will always be invaluable to me because they genuinely cared about my development and learning and shared their wisdom with me.
Since my time at CIRP, I have developed my own program, the Penn MPH Community Service Fellows program, which includes relationship building and dedicating public health service to the community. Throughout this process I learned the importance of interdisciplinary partnerships and the importance of being flexible! I hope to continue being a leader in public health and hope to work with CIRP in the future. Very grateful for the time I spent there and for the lasting mentorship!"