Charlie Klauer, Group Leader

Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety: Teen Risk and Injury Prevention

Dr. Charlie Klauer is a Research Scientist and the Leader of the Teen Risk and Injury Prevention Group. She has been working in transportation research since 1996, previously at Battelle Human Factors Research Center in Seattle, WA and currently at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg, VA. While at VTTI, she has served as the project manager for the 100 Car Naturalistic Driving Study and is currently a Principal Investigator and project manager for the Supervised Practice Driving Study, Driver Coach Study, and the Canada Naturalistic Driving Study.

Klauer's educational background began at Moorhead State University, located in Moorhead, MN and continued at Wright State University, in Dayton, OH where she received Bachelors and Masters degrees in psychology and human factors psychology respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a focus in Human Factors in 2005 from Virginia Tech. She has authored over 44 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports and is a member of TRB's User Characteristics Committee and the Young Driver Subcommittee.

Dr. Klauer recently authored a paper that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and is one of the top 15 most read articles in the NEJM. Her primary research involves studying the effects of distraction and fatigue on driving, especially on novice drivers.