M. Kit Delgado, M.D., M.S.

M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology and a practicing trauma center emergency physician. He leads the Behavioral Science & Analytics For Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) lab, which applies data science and behavioral economics for preventing injuries and for improving acute care. BeSAFIR has three complementary lines of research:

1) Development and testing of interventions for preventing motor vehicle crashes from distracted and alcohol-impaired driving by leveraging smartphone technology and insights from behavioral economics. This work includes partnerships with large U.S. auto-insurers.

2) Development and testing of health system interventions for promoting opioid stewardship for acute pain management and for facilitating the treatment of patients with opioid use disorder in the emergency department.  Dr. Delgado currently leads the Acute Pain Workgroup of the University Pennsylvania Health System Opioid Task Force.

3) Analysis of large state and national datasets of emergency department encounters to elucidate opportunities to improve emergency and trauma care and to prevent injuries.

Dr. Delgado's work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.  He is a Senior Scholar in the Center Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), a Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) Senior Fellow, and a faculty member in the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research (CECPR), the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC), and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP).  He currently serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain. He has previously served as a member of the NASEM Committee on Accelerating Progress to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities.

Staff

Jessie Hemmons, MS - Research Project Manager

Jessie completed her Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She has experience in both research and clinical settings. She started her career at the University of Pennsylvania coordinating trials in Neuropsychiatry. She then traveled the country and worked as a mental health clinician for adolescents in Oakland, CA and spent some valuable time living in New Orleans, LA. She returned to the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and has since worked on trials in addiction, radiation oncology, and public health. Outside of coordinator work, she is a professional artist and yarnbomber under the moniker ishknits. Her artwork has been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and used in advertising for Proctor and Gamble, Free People, Target, and Lyft. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and her personal favorite: an episode of Radio Times on WHYY.

jhemmons@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Dina Abdel-Rahman, BS - Research Coordinator

Dina Abdel-Rahman received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drexel University in June 2017. She began working as a Research Assistant for Dr. Delgado in March of 2016 as a Drexel Co-op, before being hired part-time and then becoming a full-time Clinical Research Coordinator, focusing on Kit’s distracted driving and alcohol studies. She was also a 2016 Humanities Fellow at Drexel University, and her fields of interest focus on social psychology of immigrants, refugees, and exiles, and understanding how identity is developed and transformed across borders. In her free time she likes to travel and longboard.

Dina.Abdel-Rahman@uphs.upenn.edu