About Us

The In Control: Beyond Distraction program was created by a team of researchers and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Community Health and Research (CHR) at EVMS in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

For over 20 years, the Division of CHR has been 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 and safety.

This program was supported by funding through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia Highway Safety Office, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia Highway Safety Office, or Eastern Virginia Medical School.

In Control: Beyond Distraction current team members include Kelli England, Ph.D.; Ann Lassiter Edwards, MS, CPST, Doctoral Candidate; and Emily R. Gordon, MPH.

Kelli England, PhD. LCP, CPST, 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, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 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 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 at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University, with a certificate in Epidemiology from Eastern Virginia Medical School; she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Science from Bridgewater College. Her research background is in social/behavioral science and health promotion and education. She currently conducts research on motor vehicle safety, teen e-cigarette use, and preventing substance use through life skills development among teens residing in public housing.   

Contact Us

Dr. Kelli England

Eastern Virginia Medical School
PO Box 1980
Norfolk, Virginia, 23501-1980

Phone: 757-446-5799
Email: carsafetynow@evms.edu