People of the Injury Prevention Center
Jennifer Zakrajsek, MS, MPH
Research Area Specialist Lead, Behavioral Sciences Group, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Ms. Jennifer S. Zakrajsek is a lead research associate in the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Behavioral Sciences Group. Her primary areas of interest are driver behavior and other behavior related to safe mobility for people of all ages. Ms. Zakrajsek joined UMTRI in 1999 and has managed a variety of projects focusing on a wide range of topics: enhancing safe mobility among older drivers, disparities in access to transportation and driver licensure, the prevention of at-risk drinking and alcohol-impaired driving among teens and young adults, parental coaching of teens’ supervised practice/learner driving, parent involvement in monitoring the driving of newly licensed teen drivers, engagement in distracted driving behaviors, unsafe driving maneuvers contributing to crashes between trucks and passenger vehicles, the educational needs of commercial vehicle drivers, use of advanced vehicle safety technologies, and evaluation of state motor vehicle laws.
Ms. Zakrajsek is experienced in qualitative research, including moderating focus groups/nominal groups, conducting structured interviews, and analyzing qualitative data. She also has extensive experience in all aspects of survey research, working with data from state driver history and crash records and national crash record databases, facilitating negotiations of parent-teen driving agreements, developing multi-modal intervention content/material (i.e., booklets, websites, small group brief interventions, etc.), implementing community-based and agency-based partnerships, and promoting intervention use.