About Us

This course and its related intervention research were created and conducted by a team of researchers in the Department of PediatricsDivision of Community Health and Research (CHR) at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The CHR (formerly known as the Center for Pediatric Research) has conducted scientific investigations to improve the health of children and their families for over a decade.

The Division of CHR is dedicated to serving children and their families through basic, clinical, and applied research that advances the prevention and treatment of disability and disease. Through education, training and collaboration the CHR promotes the translation of research to innovations that improve child health. Research projects range from child abuse and child safety to school behavior and the promotion of proper vaccine use across the age span. 

Current members of the research team include Kelli England Will, Ph.D., and Erin Maple, MPH.

Dr. Kelli England Will, Principal Investigator, is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at EVMS. Dr. Will received her M.S. in Experimental/General Psychology from Old Dominion University and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech. Dr. Will's areas of expertise are injury prevention, substance abuse prevention, health behavior theory, and risk communication. She has training and experience designing, implementing, and evaluating health-promotion programs and has received over 25 research grants from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, DVM Highway Safety Office, and the US Navy for her injury prevention research. Dr. Will is a Delegate of the American Academy of Health Behavior and a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Erin Maple, MPH, is a Research Associate at EVMS. Mrs. Maple received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Old Dominion University in 2008, and her Master of Public Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2011. Mrs. Maple has training and expertise in data collection, entry, and traffic safety research.