Defining the Relationship Between Anxiety and Driving Performance in Post-9/11 Veterans

Funded: Emily Reid O’Connor Memorial Fellowship Collaborators: Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center Description: The aim of this project is to examine the differences in simulated driving performance and anxiety between post-9/11 Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and without these diagnoses.

Risky Driving in Teenagers

In collaboration with Johns Hopkins University. This study focuses on evaluating risky driving and predictors of risk-taking in typically developing teenagers using a virtual reality driving simulator.  

Investigating Driving Risk and Behaviors of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This study was funded by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute In collaboration with The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute & Brian P. Daly, Ph.D. This project focus on examining driving skills of adult licensed drivers with autism spectrum disorder using a virtual reality driving simulator.  We will also examine how self-reported anxiety, driving history, and self-limiting behaviors predict driving performance in this population.  

Factors Related to Driving Abilities of Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This study was funded by the American Psychological Association. This project focuses on examining differences in basic driving and distracted driving of young adults with and without autism spectrum disorders using a virtual reality driving simulator.  We are also examining neurocognitive variables, such as auditory and visual attention, nonverbal reasoning, and executive functioning, as predictors for driving performance.

The Development of a Veteran Driving Questionnaire

Funded: The Council on Brain Injury Collaborators: Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center Description: This project aims to develop a novel self-report questionnaire designed to measure the driving habits of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. It focuses on examining the differences in driving safety between veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and veterans without these diagnoses.

The Role of Cognition in Driving Behaviors in Young Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Description: The purpose of this research is to investigate the differences in cognitive performance between healthy control adults and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Primarily, we are interested in the effect cognitive differences between these groups may have on driving performance.  

Effects of Concussion on Driving Performance

Funding: ARRA grant (number 1R03HD064847) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). External collaborators: Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCoM) Family Medicine and St. Joseph’s University Psychology Department Description: This study examined the effects of concussion on driving performance in college students.  Using a virtual reality (VR) driving simulator, driving performance was examined at two time points: immediately after injury and following medical clearance.

Defining Virtual Reality and Driving

Defining Virtual Reality and Driving Funded: NIH R01: Institute Child Human Development (NICHD) /NIH (1 R01 HD050718-01) Objective: The purpose of this research is to study the use of a virtual reality (VR) driving simulation for helping individuals return to driving after they have had a brain injury.   We will study this by comparing how people drive using a VR driving simulator and how they drive on the road. We will include two groups of drivers in this study, people with and without a brain injury. We are also interested in comparing participants… Read More