Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH

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Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH

Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics & Senior Scientist, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, CHOP

Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH, is a Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is also a faculty member at the school's Master of Public Health Program. Dr. Curry's program of research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of motor vehicle crashes in children and adolescents. She currently leads a line of research at CIRP that aims to advance traffic safety research and associated epidemiologic methods through novel linkages of state-level administrative data sources.

Dr. Curry led the first study to evaluate the effects of a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) decal provision on the rate of teen compliance, enforcement and crash rates and is currently conducting work that directly informs state-level implementation of GDL policy. She is also the Principal Investigator of a program of research that aims to establish the scientific foundation for driving safety among teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) .

Prior to her position at CHOP, Dr. Curry was the Director of Research at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Bureau of Vital Statistics. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University in 1998 and earned her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of California Los Angeles and her PhD in Epidemiology from Emory University in 2007.

An award-winning scientist, Dr. Curry has been honored for her achievements by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, American Women in Science, and the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Education program. She has co-authored more than 55 research publications and has published her work in high-impact journals, including JAMA PediatricsAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics. She serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Traffic Injury Prevention and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board's Committee on Operator Education and Regulation and Young Driver Subcommittee. Her article entitled “Graduated Driver Licensing Decal Law: Effect on Young Probationary Drivers,” published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was voted the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Most Influential Research Article of 2012.

Content Area Specialties: 

Pediatric and injury epidemiology, teen driving, child passenger safety, concussion

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