Lisa J. Molnar is an Associate Research Scientist in the Behavioral Sciences Group of UMTRI. She holds a doctorate degree from Monash University in Australia and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. One of her primary research interests is older driver safety and mobility.
Safe transportation is central to the health, quality of life, and economic wellbeing of society. Thus, the deaths and injuries that result from motor vehicle crashes place a heavy burden on society. The primary objective of my research is to help advance safe transportation in the United States (US) and around the globe by conducting behavioral studies to: reduce deaths and injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes; and enhance the safe mobility of individuals who are unable or choose not to drive a motor vehicle. My research at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) has focused on all segments of the population, with a particular emphasis on groups at special risk for crash involvement and/or injury including children, young beginning drivers, and older adults. In general, my research involves: 1. Identifying risks and protective factors related to crashes and crash-related injuries using a variety of research approaches including survey methods, direct observation and naturalistic driving studies, and secondary data analysis. 2. Contributing to the development and evaluation of evidence-based interventions, programs, and policies to reduce crashes and injuries, and enhance safe mobility more generally. 3. Identifying methodologies, approaches, and processes to facilitate wide dissemination of effective countermeasures.
Alattar, L., Yates, J.F., Eby, D.W., LeBlanc, D.J., & Molnar, L.J. (2016). Understanding and reducing inconsistency in seatbelt-use decisions: Findings from a cardinal decision issue perspective. Risk Analysis, 36, 83-97. Eby, D.W. & Molnar, L.J. (2014). Has the time come for an older driver vehicle? Journal of Ergonomics. S3: 002. doi:10.4172/2165-7556.S3-002. Molnar, L.J., Charlton, J.L., Eby, D.W., Langford, J., Koppel, S., Kolenic, G.E., Marshall, S. (2014). Factors Affecting Self-Regulatory Driving Practices among Older Adults. Traffic Injury Prevention, 15, 262-272, DOI: 10.1080/ 15389588.2013.808742. Ball, K., Ross, L.A., Eby, D.W., Molnar, L.J. & Meuser, T.M. (2013). Emerging issues in safe and sustainable mobility for older persons. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 61, 138-140. Marshall, S., Man-Son-Hing, M., Charlton, J., Molnar, L.J., Koppel, S., Eby, D.W. (2013). The Candrive/Ozcandrive prospective older driver study: Methodology and early study findings, Accident Analysis and Prevention, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2013.07.007. Molnar, L.J., Charlton, J.L., Eby, D.W., Bogard, S.E., Langford, J., Koppel, S., Kolenic, G.E., Marshall, S. & Man-Son-Hing, M. (2013). Self-Regulation of Driving by Older Adults: Comparison of Self-Report and Objective Driving Data. Transportation Research Part F, 20, 29-38. Molnar, L.J., Eby, D.W., Langford, J., Charlton, J.L., St. Louis, R. & Roberts, J.S. (2013). Tactical, Strategic, and Life-Goal Self-Regulation of Driving by Older Adults: Development and Testing of a Questionnaire. Journal of Safety Research, 46, 107-117. Molnar, L.J., Eby, D.W., Charlton, J.L., Langford, J., Koppel, S., Marshall, S. & Man-Son-Hing, M. (2013). Driving Avoidance by Older Adults: Is It Always Self-Regulation? Accident Analysis and Prevention, 57, 96-104. Eby, D.W. & Molnar, L.J. (2012). Cognitive impairment and driving safety. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 49, 255-256. Eby, D.W., Silverstein, N.M., Molnar, L.J., LeBlanc, D., & Adler, G. (2012). Driving behaviors in early stage dementia: A study using in-vehicle technology. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 49, 324-331. Molnar, J.L, Eby, D.W., Dasgupta, K., Yang, Y., Nair, V.N., & Pollock, S. (2012). Explaining state-to-state differences in seat belt use: A multivariate analysis of cultural variables. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 47, 78-86.