About Us

The Boost ’em in the Back Seat video was created and its related research is being conducted by a team of researchers in the Department of PediatricsDivision of Community Health and Research (CHR) at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The CHR (formerly known as the Center for Pediatric Research) has conducted scientific investigations to improve the health of children and their families for over two decades.

The Division of CHR is dedicated to serving children and their families through basic, clinical, and applied research that advances the prevention and treatment of disability and disease. Through education, training and collaboration the CHR promotes the translation of research to innovations that improve child health. Research topics include but aren’t limited to: injury prevention, nutrition and physical activity, respiratory health, substance use, risk communication, policy and systems change, and rural health.

Boost ‘em in the Back Seat current team members include Kelli England, Ph.D.; Ann Lassiter Edwards, MS, CPST, Doctoral Candidate; and Emily R. Gordon, MPH.

Dr. Kelli England, Principal Investigator, is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics at EVMS. Dr. England received her M.S. in Experimental/General Psychology from Old Dominion University and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech. Dr. England’s areas of expertise are injury prevention, substance abuse prevention, health behavior theory, and risk communication. She has training and experience designing, implementing, and evaluating health-promotion programs and has received over 25 research grants from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Transportation, and the US Navy for her injury prevention research. Dr. England is also a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Ann Lassiter Edwards, M.S., CPST, Doctoral Candidate, is currently a research assistant with the Department of Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Division of Community Health & Research. She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Experimental Psychology from Old Dominion University where she is pursuing her doctorate in Applied Psychological Science. Her research background is in cultural decision making, community psychology, law enforcement and occupant protection.

Emily R. Gordon, MPH, CPST is a Research Assistant in the Pediatrics Division of Community Health and Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Emily earned a Master of Public Health degree from EVMS and Old Dominion University with a certificate in Epidemiology from EVMS. Her research background is in social/behavioral science and health promotion/education. She currently conducts community-engaged research on child passenger safety, youth e-cigarette/vaping prevention and education, smoke-free housing, and mentoring and community-building with teens from public housing.