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Shope honored with prestigious Widmark Award

September 30, 2013

UMTRI research professor Jean T. Shope was presented with the prestigious Widmark Award for outstanding, sustained and meritorious contribution to the field of alcohol, drugs and traffic safety. The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) presented the award to Shope at the group’s August meeting in Brisbane, Australia.

“I’m very thrilled and honored,” said Shope, who is a research professor in UMTRI’s Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group.  

Shope is a recognized expert in the injury-prevention areas of teen and young adult drivers, driver education, and graduated driver licensing. She has worked in the areas of adolescent health promotion and risk reduction for over thirty years, and in the area of adolescent and young adult driving for over twenty years.

She began conducting research at UMTRI in 1991 and served as the institute’s associate director from 2006 to 2012 and as the head of the Social and Behavioral Analysis Division from 1995 to 2005. Shope is also a research professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the U-M School of Public Health, where she has been on the faculty since 1979.

Shope chaired the Transportation Research Board Committee on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Transportation (ANB50), served on the National Academies Committee on Contributions from the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Reducing and Preventing Teen Motor Vehicle Crashes, and was secretary of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety. In 2005, she was the recipient of the University of Michigan’s Research Faculty Achievement Award, and in 2013, she was the recipient of the Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award.

Jean Shope and Mary Sheehan
Photo: UMTRI research professor Jean T. Shope accepts the Widmark Award from ICADTS president Mary Sheehan at the group’s recent meeting in Australia.