Senior Research Associate
Kim Elliott received her Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee's College of Education, Health & Human Sciences. She has been working with PRG’s southern office for over ten years. Kim has played many roles in various projects from data entry, data collector, project manager, report writer, phone operator, equipment technician, and herder of cats. Much of her recent project work has involved working closely with law enforcement agencies by providing technical assistance for multiple NHTSA demonstration projects focused on increasing seat belt use. She has worked with all ranks of law enforcement from Sheriffs/Chiefs of Police to patrol deputies/officers and helped guide them through planning, implementing, and evaluating local programs. Kim has participated in a variety of projects including an evaluation of the State of New Mexico's 100 Days of Summer; a National Park Service project to improve belt use among Roanoke Virginia commuters using the Blue Ridge Parkway; evaluations of several NHTSA demonstration projects targeting low belt use groups (e.g. tweens and rural populations); and evaluations of programs focused on seat belt use at night. Kim’s research experience extends beyond occupant protection, including the evaluation of Meharry Medical Institute's Multicultural Toolkit users, management of BAC data collection at checkpoints for NHTSA Combined Message Demonstration Program, truck driver interviews for the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, and an extensive effort to collect fatal crash reports involving children in rear seat crashes for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. In her free time, Kim enjoys hard core gardening, leisurely tennis, watching Ole Miss sports and spending time with friends and family.