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Rachel K. Myers, PhD, MS
Rachel K. Myers
Research Scientist

Dr. Myers' research focuses on studies related to pediatric and adolescent injury prevention.



Dr. Myers is a research scientist at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) and a research scholar with the Center for Violence Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She serves as the research director for the CHOP Violence Intervention Program (VIP). Her research focuses on both intentional and unintentional pediatric and adolescent injury prevention and recovery.

Dr. Myers’ research addresses the epidemiology of intentional pediatric injuries and evaluation of hospital-based and community-focused programming to support recovery of injured youth and their families. She leads efforts to enhance the evaluation of pediatric hospital-based violence intervention programs with support from the National Institute of Justice. She collaborated with member programs of the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (The HAVI) to establish the feasibility of cross-site data sharing among hospital-based violence intervention programs and to establish outcomes and practices to enhance understanding and collection of outcomes achieved by such programs.

Additionally, Dr. Myers remains actively involved in work addressing child and adolescent passenger safety in motor vehicle crashes. She is currently conducting a study examining the use of child restraints and injury outcomes in motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey, using the novel New Jersey-Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) data warehouse. Dr. Myers also serves as a co-investigator of an NICHD-funded study examining transportation and driving among young adults with autism.

Education and Training

BA, University of Pennsylvania (Health and Societies), 2005

MS, Temple University (Epidemiology), 2011

PhD, Temple University (Public Health), 2016

Titles and Academic Titles

Research Director, Violence Intervention Program, Center for Violence Prevention

Research Scientist, Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Research Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association, 2014-

Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, 2017-

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 2018-

Publication Highlights

Myers RK, Bonsu JM, Carey M, Yerys BE, Mollen CJ, Curry AE. Teaching autistic adolescents to drive: Perspectives of specialized driver educators. Autism Adulthood. 2019 Sep; 1(3): 202-209. PubMed PMID: 32292888
Monopoli WJ, Myers RK, Paskewich BS, Bevans K, Fein JA. Generating a core set of outcomes for hospital-based violence intervention programs. J Interpers Violence. 2018 Aug; PubMed PMID: 30095028
Myers RK, Vega L, Culyba AJ, Fein JA. The psychosocial needs of adolescent males following interpersonal assault. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Aug; 61(2):262-265. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.02.022. PMID: 28526371

Active Grants/Contracts

Addressing Community Violence-related Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Children

National Institutes of Health/NICHD


This study will test the effectiveness of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention in reducing traumatic stress symptoms in youth after an assault injury.

Role: Co-Investigator; Fein (PI)

An Integrated Approach to Establish the Scientific Foundation for Driving Among Adolescents with Autism

National Institutes of Health/NICHD


This study will comprehensively address and examine how teens and their families decide to drive, how frequently and where teens with autism spectrum disorder drive, and how well they drive once licensed.

Role: Co-Investigator; Curry (PI)

Formative Evaluation of a Pediatric Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program

National Institute of Justice


The project will rigorously describe the components and outcomes of the victim service program offered by the CHOP Violence Intervention Program and define the tools and resources needed to support program implementation.

Role: Principal Investigator; Myers (PI)

Assessing the Intersection of Bullying and Physical Violence among Patients Seeking Primary Care

Foerderer Grant for Excellence/CHOP

7/1/2020 – 6/3/2021

This project will describe the burden of pediatric injuries treated in primary care following intentional interpersonal violence and the intersection between bullying and physical victimization to inform prevention and intervention efforts.

Role: Principal Investigator; Myers (PI)