To understand the neural basis of driving behavior and risk processes during adolescence and emerging adulthood and to develop individually tailored interventions to promote safe driving.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. Research on adolescent drivers indicates that brain development and mastery of driving tasks lag behind the increased responsibility that teens experience as they learn to drive. Driving a car is a highly complex task that is influenced by a variety of neurocognitive capacities as well as social and contextual factors (i.e. peer influence) that can produce more or less risky driving.
Developmental Neurocognitive Driving Simulation Research Center (DrivSim Lab) Leadership
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center
Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center
Professor of Emergency Medicine and in the Child Study Center
Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center