Lisa J. Molnar
Dr. Lisa J. Molnar is an Associate Research Scientist in the Behavioral Sciences Group UMTRI. She is also an Associate Director of UMTRI and Associate Director of the Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center). Dr. Molnar’s research has focused primarily on traffic safety and driver behavior. Specific topics of interest include: older driver safety and mobility; the use of vehicle technology to improve driver safety; behavioral effects and safety outcomes associated with traffic laws, policies, and programs; adolescent driving behavior; prevention of alcohol-impaired driving; and use and misuse of safety belts and child safety seats. In the area of older driver safety and mobility, she had led or currently leads projects on better understanding how changes in cognitive, perceptual, and psychomotor abilities can affect driving behavior and what can be done to maintain safe driving. She also recently led a project examining age differences in the transfer of control between manual and automated driving in an automated vehicle.
Dr. Molnar is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and a past convener of GSA’s Transportation and Aging Interest Group. She has extensive experience in collecting and analyzing interview and survey data, and conducting naturalistic driving studies. She has authored more than 150 scientific articles, technical reports, and book chapters. Dr. Molnar holds a BA in Sociology from Michigan State University, a Master of Health Services Administration in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Monash University in Melbourne Australia in Public Health with an emphasis on road safety.