Senior Research Associate and
Associate Director for Behavioral Sciences Research
Bevan Kirley joined the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center in 2010. Her research interests and experience include occupant protection, young driver safety, and motorcyclist safety with a primary focus on the behavioral side of transportation safety.
She has led and participated in a number of motorcyclist safety studies including a project to evaluate “BikeSafe,” a state sponsored motorcycle safety program. Other recent projects include a study investigating a motorcycle crash cluster in western North Carolina, and a statewide survey of North Carolina motorcyclists. Her work in the young driver field primarily focuses on the role of parents during the supervised driving phase of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). In the area of occupant protection, Bevan’s focus is on the coordination of North Carolina’s large child passenger safety program. She is also a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and can often be found outside assisting local families with their car seats.
Bevan has served in a number of roles with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) including as a member of the Occupant Protection Committee and as Chair of the TRB Young Members Council. Previously, she worked as a researcher for Thomson Reuters and for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Bevan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and her master’s in Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In her free time she enjoys hiking, nature photography, and cooking.