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Johnathon P. Ehsani, PhD

  • Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair
  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 555
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

(410) 502 5134

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PhD, University of Michigan, 2012
MPH, University of Sydney, 2003
BS, University of Technology, Sydney, 2000


Dr. Ehsani's research examines the role of policy and technology on driver behavior and safety. He has conducted research on the effectiveness of licensing systems and distracted driving policies on crashes and injuries at a population level. He is currently collaborating on a number of naturalistic driving studies that examine individual-level driver behavior in a variety of contexts (e.g. while teens are learning to drive). In addition, he is conducting research on how autonomous vehicle testing and deployment can be used to advance both safety and equity. He is the current Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention.

Honors and Awards

Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention, 2016 -

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

Selected Publications:

  • Ehsani, J.P., Ionides. E., Klauer, S.G., Perlus, J.G., Gee, G., Effectiveness of Cell Phone Restrictions for Young Drivers: Review of the Evidence. Transportation Research Record. In Press
  • Ehsani, J.P., Li, K., Simons-Morton, B, Fox Tree-McGrath, C., Perlus, J.G., O’Brien, F., Klauer, S.G. Conscientious personality and young drivers' crash risk. J Safety Res. 2015 Sep;54:83.e29-87
  • Ehsani, J. P., Simons-Morton, B. G., Xie, Y., Klauer, S., & Albert, P. (2014). The association between kinematic risky driving among parents and their teenage children: Moderation by shared personality characteristics. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 67, 1–6.
  • Ehsani, J. P., Bingham, C. R., Shope, J. T. (2013). Graduated driver licensing for all new drivers? Effect of three states’ policies on teenage crashes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(1) 9–18.
  • Winkler, M., Abrahams, A. S., Gruss, R., & Ehsani, J. P. (2016). Toy safety surveillance from online reviews. Decision Support Systems, 90, 23-32.