Transportation & Vehicle Safety Policy

Michelle Reyes

  • Research Associate, Transportation and Vehicle Safety Policy Research Program


Michelle Reyes joined the Transportation and Vehicle Safety Policy Research Program in 2009. She has co-investigated and analyzed five studies of in-vehicle feedback for teen drivers.  Ms. Reyes has also researched fatal crash involvement for young drivers, graduated driver licensing policy, and seat belt policy. Prior to joining the PPC, she was a staff researcher in the Cognitive Systems Laboratory, University of Iowa Center for Computer-Aided Design. During her six years in the CSL, she led and contributed to a variety of research efforts concerning human factors in the driving domain, particularly driver distraction, workload, and performance. Ms. Reyes is a specialist in data reduction, converting raw data from multiple driving simulators including the National Advanced Driving Simulator, as well as eye trackers, physiological measures, and facial thermography data, into summary data suitable for analysis. She is first author of book chapters titled “Simulator Data Reduction” in the Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology, and “Young Drivers” in Human Factors in Traffic Safety, 3rd Ed.

Research Interests

  • Naturalistic teen driving behavior
  • Parent-teen interventions to improve teen driver safety
  • Driver behavior in work zones
  • Driving simulation
  • Driver distraction, workload, and performance
  • Driver impairment
  • Data reduction methods

Educational Background

  • M.S.E., University of Iowa, Industrial Engineering (Human Factors Option), 2009
  • B.S.E., University of Iowa, Industrial Engineering, 2002