Forum: Safety, Mobility, and Aging Drivers

Staff Biographies

Steve Blackistone

Mr. Blackistone has been responsible for state and local liaison activities throughout his 27-year tenure at the Safety Board. Prior to coming to the Safety Board, Mr. Blackistone served for 10 years on Congressional staffs.  Mr. Blackistone holds a B.A. in political science from Centre College of Kentucky and J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University.  He is admitted to the Maryland bar.  In addition to his work at the Safety Board, he is a Contributing Editor for Firehouse Magazine, where he writes the “Fire Law” column. - Back to Top of Page

Elisa R. Braver, Ph.D.

Elisa Braver, Ph.D., currently is a Transportation Research Analyst at the National Transportation Safety Board in the Office of Research and Engineering.  She also is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She holds a doctorate in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University.  Her recent research has examined the effects of changing frontal airbag designs, motorcycle crash risk, speeding, drinking drivers, the effectiveness of side airbags, factors contributing to large truck crashes, the risks of older drivers and teenage drivers, and race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in relation to vehicle occupant fatality risk.   - Back to Top of Page

Deborah Bruce, Ph.D.

Deborah Bruce, Ph.D., has been with the Safety Board since 1996 working as a transportation research analyst and more recently as a Project Manager in the Office of Highway Safety. Prior to joining the Safety Board, she worked in the private sector as a human factors specialist in charge of air traffic control research projects. She holds a B.S. Chemistry and an M.A. Communications from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering, George Mason University.  Her dissertation research looked at the effectiveness of in-vehicle auditory information displays for older drivers. - Back to Top of Page

Ivan Cheung, Ph.D.

Ivan Cheung, Ph.D., is a transportation research analyst at the National Transportation Safety Board.  He has conducted highway safety research studies on aging drivers, speed, and the use of red light cameras.  He also has extensive experience in using geographic information systems, remote sensing technology and spatial analysis as applied to public health, environmental, and climate studies.  Before joining NTSB, he was a research scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. - Back to Top of Page

Dennis Collins

Dennis Collins currently serves as a Senior Accident Investigator (Human Performance) in the Office of Highway Safety of the National Transportation Safety Board.  He holds both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech; his Master's Degree focused on the Human Factors of driving.  Mr. Collins has worked on over fifty Safety Board investigations, including Webbers Falls, Oklahoma; Santa Monica, California; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. - Back to Top of Page

Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis joined the Safety Board in the Office of Highway Safety in 1996.  Ms. Davis serves as a Member of the Planning Committee for the Lifesavers Conference a National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities.  She is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Occupant Protection Committee.  She currently serves as a Safety Advocate in the Office of Communications working to promote the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements – State Issues. - Back to Top of Page

Dr. Mitch Garber

Dr. Mitch Garber is the Medical Officer for the National Transportation Safety Board.  He advises the Safety Board on all biomedical aspects of transportation issues and investigations, and has participated in over 1000 accident investigations in all transportation modes.  He obtained his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, holds a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.  An Air Force veteran, Dr. Garber completed his aerospace medicine residency at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.  He is Board Certified in Aerospace Medicine, a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, a designated aviation medical examiner, and a private pilot.    - Back to Top of Page

Robert Molloy, Ph.D

Robert Molloy, Ph.D. has been with the NTSB since 1996.  For 13 years, Dr. Molloy designed and carried out safety studies in the Office of Research and Engineering, including a study of evacuations of commercial aircraft, an analysis of aviation accident survivability, and a study of pipeline control systems.  Currently, he is chief of the Report Development Division in the Office of Highway Safety.  His PhD is in applied experimental psychology which he earned at The Catholic University of America.  - Back to Top of Page

Kristin Poland, Ph.D.

Kristin Poland, Ph.D., has been employed at the NTSB since 1998 as a senior biomechanical engineer in the Vehicle Performance Division.  She developed NTSB methodology for occupant kinematics investigations and has performed occupant kinematics simulations and injury causation analysis for numerous investigation. She is the Safety Board’s technical expert in occupant kinematic modeling (MADYMO, GATB), which is used to better understand occupant motion and injury causation. Dr. Poland has published multiple papers for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), one of which SAE recognized as an outstanding paper of the year.  She holds a B.S., Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and her Ph.D.in Biomedical Engineering is from the University of Iowa.  - Back to Top of Page