Kathleen D. Klinich, PhD
Associate Research Scientist, DEI Lead
I’m a researcher in the Biosciences Group of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). I am also currently serving as an Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead at UMTRI.
My research focuses on improving occupant protection through a combination of experimental testing, computational modeling, and crash data analysis. I use crash-injury data national databases of real-world crashes to identify how injury patterns change as occupant protection technologies, crash avoidance technologies, and occupant demographics evolve. My work in experimental testing and computational modeling focuses on developing injury prevention strategies for vulnerable occupant populations such as children, pregnant occupants, the elderly, and occupants in wheelchairs.
IN THE NEWS
- Consumer Reports: The safest way to drive when pregnant
- Today’s Parent: Should school buses have seat belts?
- MLive: 10 Ann Arbor buses will test new devices to secure wheelchair, scooter passengers
- Washington Post: Study of rear-end crashes finds head injuries from rear-facing child seats