Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH

Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH
Senior Fellow

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CHOP Center for Injury Research and Prevention; Master of Public Health Faculty and Senior

Public Health Interests

Adolescents, Epidemiology, Pediatrics, Violence/Injury Prevention

Current Public-Health Related Activities

Allison E. Curry, PhD is a Senior Scientist and Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention 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 Developing the New Jersey Traffic Safety Outcomes Data Warehouse, 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 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) .

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 Pediatrics, American 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.

Select Publications:

Curry AE, Foss RD, Williams AF. "Graduated Driver Licensing for Older Novice Drivers: Critical Analysis of the Issues." Am J Prev Med. 2017 Dec;53(6):923-927.

Curry AE, Metzger K, Pfeiffer MR, Elliott MR, Winston FK, Power TJ. "Motor Vehicle Crash Risk Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder." JAMA Pediatr. 2017 Aug 1;171(8):756-763

Curry AE, Yerys BE, Huang P, Metzger K. "Longitudinal study of driver licensing rates among adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder." Autism. 2017:1362361317699586.


Graduated driver licensing decal law: effect on young probationary drivers.

Curry AE, Pfeiffer MR, Localio R, Durbin DR.

Am J Prev Med. 2013 Jan;44(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.09.041. Erratum in: Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jul;47(1):103.


Prevalence of teen driver errors leading to serious motor vehicle crashes.

Curry AE, Hafetz J, Kallan MJ, Winston FK, Durbin DR.

Accid Anal Prev. 2011 Jul;43(4):1285-90. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2010.10.019. Epub 2010 Nov 19.