Kelli J. England

Offers student research opportunities
Positions
  • Professor and Director of Community Health and Research, Pediatrics

research overview

  • I conduct research involving design and evaluation of large-scale behavior-change programs that benefit the health and safety of children, teens, and young adults. My main areas of interest are risk communication, injury control, and substance abuse prevention. As a clinical health psychologist, I blend behavioral theory, psychological principals, and best practices in public health and risk communication to devise novel program approaches that motivate behavior change among hard-to-change populations. I am particularly interested in the role of risk perceptions, efficacy, and normative beliefs in the public's response to and acceptance or avoidance of risk. Often, messaging approaches are mismatched to the needs of the audience when one considers existing perceptions of risk, readiness to change, and efficacy regarding the recommended action. Through my research in this area, I examine these barriers, test various approaches to messaging, and provide recommendations to the field for stronger message design.

    My research is often community-engaged and applied on a large-scale, such as in schools, organizations, and mass/social media. I have led teams awarded more than 30 initial and competing continuation grants from federal, state, and private agencies for this applied research. Recently funded projects are focused on messaging and intervention approaches on the development of effective countermeasures to combat e-cigarette and tobacco use among teens and young adults (see for example www.rethinkvape.org), and in injury prevention (see for example www.carsafetynow.org). For example, I developed the empirically supported Boost 'em in the Back Seat video to convey the power of crash forces, raise perceived threat, dispel barriers and myths, bolster efficacy, and motivate booster seat use. Within a year of its release, the video garnered 23 million views in 154 countries, and has brought much needed awareness of the risks of early transition out of a booster seat. Similarly, my team developed the empirically supported Rethink Vape program to prevent teen e-cigarette use, and a 6-week teen-targeted local online ad campaign delivered 3,838,465 impressions and 770,443 completed video views. Both interventions were developed using a community-engaged research process, and shown to have empirical support in a randomized controlled experiment prior to their release.

overview

  • I am a Professor and Director of the Pediatrics Division of Community Health and Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. I hold joint appointments in EVMS Pediatrics and EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and am a faculty member of the Virginia Consortium Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology.

    I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, and am involved in health promotion at the regional, state, and national levels. In 2019, I was recognized by the United Nations as a Global Leader in Road Safety, and was also named the Toy Savage Endowed Professor of Pediatrics at my institution. I conduct research involving the development of behavior-change programs that benefit the health and safety of children, teens, and families.

    My research is community-engaged and applied in large-scale settings, such as schools, organizations and mass/social media. My areas of interest are injury control, health behavior theory, substance abuse prevention, and risk communication. I have led teams awarded more than 30 grants and contracts from federal, state, and private agencies for this work. I received my B.S. and M.S. in Experimental/General Psychology from Old Dominion University and earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech.

selected publications

preferred title

  • Professor and Director of Community Health and Research

full name

  • Kelli J. England, PhD

recognition and awards

  • 2019- Toy Savage Endowed Professor of Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School
    2019- Global Leader in Road Safety, United Nations
    2019- Faculty Research Award, Department of Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School
    2019- Hanna Award for Occupant Protection Programming, Drive Safe Hampton Roads
    2019- Service Industry Advertising Awards, Merit Winner for Website and Social Media Categories
    2018- Governor's EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children
    2018- Governor's Transportation Safety Award in Occupant Protection
    2018- Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children, Regional Award, Tidewater EMS Council
    2018- Commonwealth Award of Excellence in Public Service, Virginia Public Relations Association
    2018- Capital Award of Merit in Organic Social Media, Virginia Public Relations Association
    2018- Telly Award, Silver Winner in Safety Category, for Boost 'em in the Back Seat Video
    2018- Circle of Excellence Silver Award in Social Media, CASE
    2016- Healthcare Hero, Public Health Category, Awarded by Inside Business
    2012- Best of Injury Prevention Literature Award, National Association of Children's Hospitals
    2011- Hanna Award for Occupant Protection Programming, Drive Safe Hampton Roads
    2011- W3 Silver Award for Website Design, International Academy of Visual Arts
    2008- Innovative Prevention Project, Department of Health, Virginia Injury Planning Group
    2005-2010- Pediatric Loan Repayment Program Recipient, National Institutes of Health
    2005- Who's Who Among America's Teachers
    2005- Hanna Award for Education and Prevention, Drive Safe Hampton Roads
    2005- National Cancer Institute's Advanced Training Institute in Health Behavior Theory
    2004- Who's Who Among America's Teachers
    2001- Virginia Tech College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student
    2001- Fellowship, Unintentional Injury Prevention, CDC/SOPHE

visualizations

Recent publications and grants in Researchers@EVMS