Flaura K. Winston, MD, PhD

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Flaura Koplin Winston is the founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and Director of CChIPS at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds the Distinguished Chair in the Department of Pediatrics.

Areas of Expertise: Bioengineering, General practice, Injury prevention, Pediatric traffic injury, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Teen Drivers
Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, is a board-certified pediatrician, a doctorally-trained engineer, and a public health researcher, who conducts research at the interface of child and adolescent health, injury, engineering and behavioral science. Dr. Winston’s work is published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and focuses on the area of traffic injury. Her research to action to impact approach, pragmatic rigor, has led to patents and a focus on evidence-based mobile health (mHealth) for better health. She is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and serves as the Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), and Director of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates site.

Dr. Winston currently serves as an Associate Editor of Injury Prevention, has served on multiple U.S. federal study sections, committees and advisory panels and held executive committee positions with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Secretariat for the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention. For her work, Dr. Winston has received funding from federal, state, corporate and non-profit foundation sources, with major funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the State of Pennsylvania and State Farm Insurance Companies. She has received awards from a range of organizations which reflect her interdisciplinary background: American Society of Mechanical Engineers; American Academy of Pediatrics; the Governor’s Highway Safety Association; American Philosophical Society; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; University of Pennsylvania; US Maternal and Child Health Bureau; Academy Health; Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO) & National Quality Forum; US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American Public Health Association; American Institute of Medical and Bioengineering; and Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. A sample of award-winning, evidence-based websites that highlight her work are: CHOP's Car Seat Safety for Kids, Teen Driver Source, and After the Injury.

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Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Board Certification

Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

PhD in Bioengineering - University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, Philadelphia, PA
MSE in Bioengineering - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Founder and Scientific Director, Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Director, CChIPS

Distinguished Chair Department of Pediatrics

Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Henretig FM, Durbin DR, Kallan MJ, Winston FK. Grandparents driving grandchildren: an evaluation of child passenger safety and injuries. Pediatrics. 2011 July 18.

Kassam-Adams N, Garcia-Espana JF, Marsac ML, Kohser K, Baxt C, Nance M, et al. A pilot randomized control trial assessing secondary prevention of traumatic stress integrated into pediatric trauma care. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2011 May 18.

Curry AE, Hafetz J, Kallan MJ, Winston FK, Durbin DR. Prevalence of teen driver errors leading to serious motor vehicle crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 2011 April 11.


Nance ML, Kallan MJ, Arbogast KB, Park MS, Durbin DR, Winston FK. Factors associated with clinically significant head injury in children involved in motor vehicle crashes. Traffic Inj Prev. 2010 Dec;11(6):600-5.

Erkoboni D, Ozanne-Smith J, Rouxiang C, Winston FK. Cultural translation: acceptability and efficacy of a US-based injury prevention intervention in China. Inj Prev. 2010 Oct;16(5):296-301.

Marsac ML, Kassam-Adams N, Hildenbrand AK, Kohser KL, Winston FK. After the injury: initial evaluation of a web-based intervention for parents of injured children. Health Educ Res. 2010 Sep 21.

Hafetz JS, Jacobsohn LS, García-España JF, Curry AE, Winston FK. Adolescent drivers' perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of abstention from in-vehicle cell phone use. Accid Anal Prev. 2010 Nov;42(6):1570-6. Epub 2010 Jul 2.

Winston FK, Jacobsohn L. A practical approach for applying best practices in behavioural interventions to injury prevention. Inj Prev. 2010 Apr;16(2):107-12.


Ginsburg KR, Durbin DR, Garcia-Espana F, Kalicka E, Winston FK. Associations between parenting styles and teen driving, safety-related behaviors and attitudes. Pediatrics. 2009 September 28.

Garcia-Espana F, Ginsburg KR, Durbin DR, Elliott MR, Winston FW. Primary access to vehicles increases risky teen driving behaviors and crashes: national perspective. Pediatrics. 2009 September 28.

Kassam-Adams N, Fleisher CL, Winston FK. Acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder in parents of injured children. J Trauma Stress. 2009 Aug; 22(4):294-302.

Barg FK, Keddem S, Ginsburg KR, Winston FK. Teen perceptions of good drivers and safe drivers: implications for reaching adolescents. Injury Prevention. 2009 February 10.