Expert in Teen Driver Injury Prevention Research to Deliver 2013 Waller Lecture at UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Aug. 21, 2013) -- Dr. Jean T. Shope, research professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and School of Public Health, will present this year's Patricia F. Waller Lecture at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

"Translation of Teen Driver Injury Prevention Research into Practice" will be presented at 1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health, on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served following this free, public event.

Motor vehicle injury is a leading cause of death and serious injury for teens, especially in their first year of driving, and there are few evidence-based approaches to reduce these deaths and injuries. A series of four projects testing the efficacy, effectiveness and translation of the evidence-based Checkpoints program for parents of new teen drivers will be described and discussed. Implications for policy and practice that would enhance dissemination of this program will also be covered.

Since 1984, Dr. Shope has been involved in research addressing adolescent risk behavior, particularly substance use and driving risks. With a background in public health and social science, her motivation is to reduce the highest risk to adolescents (motor vehicle crashes), by understanding the antecedents of the increased risk, then developing, implementing, and evaluating theory-based interventions. She has an extensive background in funded behavioral science research having served as the Principal Investigator in a major longitudinal study that addressed teen and young adult risk factors for crashes. She has also evaluated graduated driver licensing and teen driver interventions directed toward parents.

The Waller Lecture is held annually in memory of Patricia F. Waller, Ph.D., a professor who founded the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and was a pioneer in injury control. She worked for nearly two decades as a researcher at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, where she developed the concept for graduated licensing, which was adopted nationwide.

The lecture is supported by private donations and is sponsored by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and the UNC College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychology.

UNC Highway Safety Research Center contact: Caroline Dickson,, (919) 962-5835.

UNC Injury Prevention Research Center contact: Elizabeth Knight,, (919) 843-1472


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