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Associate Professor
Johnathon Ehsani

Departmental Affiliations

Whiting School of Engineering

Johnathon Ehsani, PhD, MPH, uses policy and behavioral research to prevent motor vehicle crashes and advance the health promoting aspects of transportation.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 555
(410) 502 5134
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Michigan
University of Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney

Dr. Ehsani uses policy and behavioral research to prevent motor vehicle crashes and advance the health promoting aspects of transportation. Using experimental, observational and population-based methods, his research is focused on identifying policies that advance the safety and equity of the transportation system. Examples of his work include the effectiveness of licensing systems for teen drivers and distracted driving policies, naturalistic driving studies that examine individual-level driver behavior, and the impact of new mobility products and services (including bike-share, e-scooters and autonomous shuttles) on cities. He currently serves on the Academic Advisory Council of PAVE (Partners for Automated Vehicle Education).

Dr Ehsani currently has a teen driving research study in the field (Logbook Research Study). The purpose of this study is to make teenagers safer drivers by developing tools to use as they learn how to drive. Teenagers with a learner’s permit and their parents are eligible to enroll.

For more information please see the link below:
Washington State Driver Training Study:

Honors & Awards

Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention, 2016 - 2019
NIH Intramural Research Training Award, 2012 - 2016
Eno Transportation Fellow, 2014
Outstanding New Researcher, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2009
Sir John Monash Scholar, 2008 - 2011

Select Publications

Selected Publications:

  • Association of learner driver experience on teenager’s crash risk during the first year of independent driving. Ehsani, J. P., Gershon, P., Grant, B., Zhu, C., Klauer, S., Dingus, T., Simons-Morton, B. JAMA Pediatrics. 2020; 174(6):1-8.

  • Public health principles to inform testing and build trust in automated vehicles. JP Ehsani, J Michael, T Igusa - Injury Prevention, 2019.

  • Naturalistic assessment of the learner license period. JP Ehsani, SG Klauer, C Zhu, P Gershon, TA Dingus et al - Accident Analysis & Prevention, 2017.

  • Geographic variation and trends in opioid-involved crash deaths in Maryland: 2006–2017. M Duren, J Ehsani, B Grant, D Fowler - Accident Analysis & Prevention, 2019.

  • The impact of Michigan's text messaging restriction on motor vehicle crashes. JP Ehsani, CR Bingham, E Ionides, D Childers - Journal of Adolescent Health, 2014.

Logbook Research Study: Teen Drivers
Ensuring Child Safety in For-Hire Rideshare Vehicles