Daniel McGehee

Title & Affiliation
Program Director and Senior Research Fellow Transportation & Vehicle Safety Policy Program
Director Driving Safety Research Institute
Associate Professor Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


  • PhD, Human Factors, University of Leeds, England, 2009
  • MS, Human Factors/Engineering Psychology, University of Idaho, 1995

Daniel McGehee has been obsessed with car crashes for over 20 years. He is interested in every aspect of them - from how, when and why they occur, to technologies for avoiding them altogether.   His driver performance, distraction, and technology development research has led to innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations involving engineering, medicine, and public health. McGehee's research has helped policy makers to improve government safety standards, as well as state and federal laws. While the first generation of safety systems were designed to help protect occupants in cars, his research deals with preventing or reducing the severity of crashes. Such technologies will ultimately lead to higher levels of automation on our roads.

Research Interests

  • Distracted driving
  • Driver behavior and performance
  • Driver response in crash avoidance
  • Naturalistic driving
  • Teen driving
  • Transportation safety policy
  • Transportation technology assessment
  • Traumatology