About Us

Car Safety Now and its related research is being conducted by a team of researchers in the Pediatrics‘ Division of Community Health and Research (CHR) at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. For three decades, 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.

Our Team

Car Safety Now is a group of health promotion researchers. Team leads are Kelli England, PhD and Ann Lassiter Edwards, MS.

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 30 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


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.


If you’d like more information on the Car Safety Now program,  we’d love to hear from you

Eastern Virginia Medical School

PO Box 1980

Norfolk, Virginia 23510-1980, USA