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As a bioengineer, Dr. Arbogast's research focuses on pediatric injury biomechanics, injury causation and the effectiveness of safety products for children with a concentration in the safety of children and youth in motor vehicle crashes as well as pediatric concussion.
Kristy Arbogast, PhD, is the co-scientific director and director of engineering for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and the R. Anderson Pew Distinguished Chair of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology in Goteborg, Sweden, for her leadership in the field of child safety.
She is an internationally recognized expert on pediatric injury biomechanics, injury causation, and the effectiveness of safety products for children, with a concentration in the safety of children and youth in motor vehicle crashes as well as pediatric concussions. She was a co-investigator on the Partners for Child Passenger Safety project, a 10-year national landmark study on child passenger safety funded by State Farm Insurance.
Dr. Arbogast served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Sports Concussion in Youth and co-leads Children’s Hospital’s clinical research effort in concussions with a focus on the use of head impact sensors to understand the biomechanics, utilizing bioengineering technology for objective measures of concussion diagnosis and leveraging the electronic health record to define the natural history of concussions in children. She also co-leads an initiative for the National Football League and NFL Players Association to design and implement head impact sensors to understand the loading conditions in professional football with the goal of enhancing head protection through improvements in protective equipment.
Dr. Arbogast serves as the co-director of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies at CHOP, Penn, and The Ohio State University. CChIPS is an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center focused on the advancement of safety for children, youth, and young adults.
Education and Training
BSE, Duke University (Biomedical Engineering), 1992
MSE, University of Pennsylvania (Bioengineering), 1994
PhD, University of Pennsylvania (Bioengineering), 1997
Titles and Academic Titles
Co-Scientific Director and Director of Engineering, Center for Injury Research and Prevention
Co-Director, Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies
R. Anderson Pew Distinguished Chair
Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2002-
Society for Pediatric Research, 2012-
The Automotive Occupants Restraints Council Pathfinder Award, 2004
Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, 2005
Elaine Wodzin Young Achiever Award, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2005
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Injury Prevention and Control Health Impact Award, 2008
A.J. Mirkin Service Award, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2014
Honorary Doctorate in Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden, 2014
Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2015
Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2015
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees, 2018
Links of Interest
Study: Use of EHR-based Clinical Support Tools Improves Concussion Diagnosis (Healthcare Informatics)