Dr. Kim E. Alexander is the Executive Director of the Clemson University Institute for Global Road Safety and Security (CU-IGRSS). She is a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Science and also reports to the Vice President of Research. Dr. Alexander leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers and educators focused on the human-vehicle-road interface.
Dr. Alexander has been with Clemson University for 23 years and holds BS and MEd degrees with an EdD degree focusing on curriculum development and risk perception training from Clemson University. A nationally and internationally known leader in road safety, Dr. Alexander is committed to road safety and traffic injury prevention, and dedicated to teaching children and adults to embrace a lifestyle of safety and health. Dr. Alexander is a C5/6 quadriplegic and in a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury she sustained as a passenger in a single vehicle, run-off-road crash in 1979.
Dr. Alexander's primary research interests include attitudinal, cognitive, behavioral, cultural, and social aspects and underlying forces related to road users with the goal of enhancing the safety of the human-vehicle-road environment. As a researcher and educator, she is working to conduct critical research and create new teaching and outreach program capabilities to address the broader challenges of road safety by developing effective interventions and products.
Dr. Alexander's research has crossed the boundaries of traditional transportation safety education and includes studies on the influence of risk perception training on road safety education programs and behavioral influence program development for particular subpopulations (including children, young and novice drivers, college age, and military personnel). She has conducted research for both private industry and federal agencies and has served as a paper reviewer for journals and conferences.
Dr. Alexander has a strong interest in the synergy of research, teaching, as well as public and private partnerships to address the global public health and development burden of road traffic crashes. She is author and co-author of numerous publications, patents, and technical reports and has served as PI and Co-PI on grant awards totaling over $4 million.