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Meet Our Teen Driver Safety Research Team

As a multidisciplinary team focused on teen driver safety, we cover these areas of expertise:

  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics—Our injury epidemiologists focus on defining the nature and magnitude of injuries across populations. They work to estimate the severity of hazards, define risk factors for injury, and provide tools (such as surveillance systems) for identifying hazards and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Human Factors Engineering—Our injury engineers apply the laws of physics and other fields to systematically determine what causes injury and technology's role in reducing risk. Human factors engineers blend psychology and engineering to determine how humans interact with technology in their environment.
  • Behavioral Science—Our injury behavioral scientists work to determine why injury occurs through looking at human and social contexts. With an understanding that unsafe behaviors cannot be completely legislated or engineered out, they apply social and psychological theoretical foundations to create behavior change models aimed at individuals or populations to adopt and perform safe behaviors.
  • Outreach and Advocacy—Our communications specialists in public health education, public relations, marketing, and journalism use scientific evidence to guide outreach and advocacy on behalf of promoting teen driver safety. They work side-by-side with researchers in reaching appropriate audiences that can use our data and recommendations to effect meaningful change. 

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