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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 research has examined the effects of state laws on driver use of hand-held cell phones, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Jana Price, Ph.D has worked at the NTSB since 2001. Currently she is a senior human performance investigator in the Office of Highway Safety. Previously, she designed and carried out safety studies as a transportation research analyst in the NTSB Office of Research and Engineering, including a study of the risks associated with weather-related general aviation crashes and a study of the efficacy of air bags in small aircraft. Dr. Price also serves as an NTSB subject matter expert in human fatigue. She has represented the fatigue issue area on the NTSB Most Wanted List for several years, developed a methodology for documenting operator fatigue in transportation accidents, and co-developed a NTSB Training Center course on investigating fatigue factors. Dr. Price co-led the NTSB's 2006 public forum on motorcycle safety and the 2010 public forum on child passenger safety and has worked on several other NTSB forums. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in human factors from the University of Connecticut.

Nicholas Worrell is a Transportation Safety Advocate with the Safety Advocacy Division in the Office of Communications at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Mr. Worrell's primary areas of focus are issues related to youth highway safety and distracted driving. Mr. Worrell has over 16 years of government service, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps and for the NTSB in multiple capacities. Mr. Worrell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The Masters College and a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy/Public Administration from Howard University.



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