Research Scientist, Emerita Behavioral Sciences Group ,
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Dr. Lidia Kostyniuk is a research scientist, emerita in the behavioral sciences group in the University of Michigan Transportation Research institute (UMTRI). She holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering, an M.S. in aerospace engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan.
Her professional career spans over 40 years and has included research, teaching and consulting in the area of transportation safety, risky driving behavior and mobility. Dr. Kostyniuk’s research at UMTRI addressed a wide variety of topics including crash trend analysis, occupant protection use, child safety seat use, drunk driving, commercial vehicle safety, older drivers, transportation safety policy and program evaluation.
Dr. Kostyniuk directed the evaluation of the Michigan Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program that examined driving behaviors near large trucks, led a series of studies that identified key issues contributing to commercial vehicle crashes, fatalities, and injuries, and evaluated strategies for truck safety for the state of Michigan. Her work in occupant protection research includes field studies concerned with child restraint use and misuse, booster seat use, nighttime safety-belt use and the effects of standard safety belt enforcement on police harassment. She also participated in the evaluation of the effectiveness of sanctions for recidivism of alcohol-impaired driving in Michigan. Other work at UMTRI included a CDC-sponsored project examining the feasibility of lowering the BAC standard and NHTSA-sponsored independent review of statistical analyses of the relationships between vehicle size, weight, and wheelbase and fatality rates.
Dr. Kostyniuk is a member of the Society of Civil Engineers, and is a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the journals Transportation, Accident Analysis and Prevention and the Journal of Safety Research.