Pediatric Trauma and Injury Research

Researchers at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, focus on trauma and injury research, including brain injury and more.

Little girl with mom at doctors office.

Trauma and injury research at Dell Children’s Medical Center

Our doctors and scientists at Dell Children’s Medical Center work with families and children who participate in pediatric clinical trials and other research projects. We are dedicated to improving treatments for children’s mental and physical health conditions. Our research teams are principal investigators for local and multi-site clinical trials. We collaborate with the Dell Children’s Level I Trauma care team, behavioral and mental health professionals, and other pediatric specialists who deliver care for children with traumatic injuries.

Our research team pursues studies that help improve pediatric best practices, interventions, prevention and trauma injury care. Our areas of interest include:

  • Child abuse prevention, detection, and treatment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Drowning prevention and treatment
  • Determinants of accidental and non-accidental injury
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Youth suicide
  • Screening and brief intervention for alcohol and drug use in adolescents
  • Evaluation of interventions for injury prevention
  • Developmental and psychological outcomes of pediatric trauma
  • Health disparities and equity in trauma care

Meet the research team

The research team at Dell Children’s Medical Center has been an integral part of Dell Children’s since becoming a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. The research team, led by Karla A. Lawson, PhD, MPH, includes research scientists, a data manager, a regulatory specialist and research coordinators. This team has expertise in epidemiology, childhood violence and injury, violence and injury prevention, and trauma clinical care. The goal of our research is to help prevent injuries and improve pediatric trauma injury care.

According to the ATOMAC Pediatric Research Network, Dell Children’s Trauma and Injury Research Center has received approval for more than 25 Institutional Review Board-approved study protocols and has published numerous peer-reviewed publications during its Level I (pediatric trauma) tenure.

Pediatric Trauma and Injury Research