Transportation & Vehicle Safety Policy

Kari Harland

  • Associate Research Scientist, Transportation and Vehicle Safety Policy Research Program
  • Associate Research Scientist, Department of Emergency Medicine


Kari Harland is an epidemiologist in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, with an adjunct appointment in the Public Policy Center. She is currently working with Dan McGehee to study distractions among drivers and how to improve emergency care to motor vehicle crash victims. Kari is also a principal investigator on a study to improve safe driving among teens through a parent intervention.  Kari has a Ph.D. in epidemiology and is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-trained Occupational Injury Epidemiologist with more than 12 years of experience conducting and analyzing epidemiologic research studies. Before joining Emergency Medicine, Kari worked for the Injury Prevention Research Center and the Department of Epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health for more than 12 years.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiologic methods
  • Teen driving crash prevention and risk factors
  • Work-related crashes including those by farm equipment
  • Family violence

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, Epidemiology, 2010
  • M.P.H., University of Iowa, Epidemiology, 2005
  • B.A., University of Iowa, Psychology, 2002