Student Life at CIRP

Research co-op student life at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is anything but a "typical" research co-op or internship experience. CIRP's co-op students become important participants their research activities and see projects through from beginning to end as often as possible. As part of CIRP research co-op student life, they are also encouraged to attend meetings, training, and presentations to become fully immersed in CIRP and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Lindsey Zajac, spent the summer of at CIRP working with the Post-injury Care and Recovery (PICAR) research team. Here is what she has to say CIRP research co-op student life: "My time at CIRP@CHOP was an invaluable learning experience, as it exposed me to the rewards of conducting behavioral research for a pediatric population. Unlike other internship experiences of my fellow students at Bucknell University, my CIRP@CHOP training was unique because I was introduced to clinical, innovative, and multidisciplinary research and given the opportunity to make significant contributions to multiple projects."

Todd Hullfish, a Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics student from Drexel University, participated in CIRP's Finite Element Modeling (FEM) project. Here is what he has to say about CIRP research co-op student life: "The CIRP experience has helped me want to focus on the human component of engineering more than the product development side and that I want to continue to explore the infinite possibilities of FEM [Finite Element Modeling]."

Read students' blog posts to learn more about their CIRP@CHOP training experience:

CIRP Student Spotlight

Danielle E. Weiss, MS

I began working in the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) in the summer of 2014 to gain research experience while completing the second year of my master's program.

I work under the guidance of Dr. Meghan Marsac and Dr. Nancy Kassam-Adams as part of the Child and Adolescent Reactions to Injury and Trauma (CARIT) team, targeting the prevention of posttraumatic stress and the promotion of optimal recovery in children and familes experiencing acute medical trauma or chronic illness. Specifically, I have been involved in projects evaluating and disseminating The Cellie Coping Kit, a coping tool for children with chronic illnesses and injury (cancer, sickle cell disease, injury, and food allergy) and Coping Coach, a web-based resource for children following acute medical trauma. I have also had the opportunity to be involved in the Violence Prevention Initiative's (VPI) movement to promote trauma-informed care (TIC), a systems approach to reduce traumatic stress in our healthcare network.

I plan to apply to Clinical Psychology PhD programs this fall, with aspirations to eventually become a pediatric psychologist. I hope to conduct my own research studies to assess patients' needs and to promote resilience, as well as decrease the psychosocial stressors associated with pediatric medical care.

My time at CIRP has undoubtedly equipped me with the rigorous analytical skills necessary for graduate school. More importantly, it has enabled me to foster relationships with my mentors and co-workers, who have helped to shape my career trajectory and to whom I will owe my future successes.I am grateful for the opportunity to have learned such a vast amount in such a short period of time and to be surrounded by inspiring people who are passionate about changing children's lives every day.