Meet LDI Senior Fellow CATHERINE MCDONALD, PhD, RN
Each year, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) hosts a special "Fall Kickoff" to introduce its newly-appointed Senior Fellows. Held on the Moelis Terrace of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, this year's event welcomed fifteen Penn health services researchers including Catherine McDonald:
MEASURING TEENAGE DRIVING ERRORS
Catherine McDonald, an Assistant Professor at both Penn's School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine, is particularly interested in adolescent risk and injury prevention in the areas of community violence exposure and driving behaviors. One of her current projects using a custom-built simulator to gather data about the skill levels and common errors of teenage drivers has been the subject of widespread publicity. She is collaborating with LDI Senior Fellow Flaura Winston on that work. "When we talk about teen driver inattention, we mean distractions of any kind," she said, "texting and driving is a hot topic right now but we also think about others like peer passengers, external distractions and the young driver's own skill." She is currently enrolling newly- licensed teens to be part of a larger trial.