Robyn Robertson

President & CEO

Robyn Robertson
President and CEO
Traffic Injury Research FoundationMs. Robyn Robertson is President and CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), a charitable, independent, road safety research institute. TIRF is a world leader in research, safety programs, and policy development.
Robyn first joined TIRF as a Research Assistant in 1999. She was promoted to increasingly senior positions and appointed President and CEO by the Board of Directors in 2006. Her interests include the development and evaluation of policies and programs and she is well-versed in operational and implementation strategies. She has undertaken several critical reviews of the literature and has considerable experience collecting quantitative and qualitative data. She has also organized and conducted national surveys, focus groups and in-depth interviews with criminal justice and road safety professionals.
Career and research highlights:
> Robyn has lead a wide variety of research projects examining the justice system, impaired drivers, high-risk offenders, dis-traction, fatigue, alcohol monitoring and photo enforcement technologies, risk assessment and treatment, older drivers and knowledge transfer. During her career, she has published more than 100 major reports and articles in traffic safety, criminal justice and professional journals, and has made more than 200 presentations at criminal justice, traffic safety, injury prevention and research conferences.
> Robyn delivers technical assistance to jurisdictions around the world to strengthen impaired driving systems and support the implementation of effective programs. She has developed and delivered a national public education program on impaired driving, a comprehensive web-based curriculum on ignition interlocks, and a young and new driver resource center, a vehicle safety education program, and an international inventory of alcohol interlock programs.
> As a knowledge broker Robyn has negotiated strong working relationships with a range of professional organizations to engage them in research initiatives. She is skilled at communicating technical information to diverse audiences and has authored several educational primers for justice professionals. She has also organized and hosted national and international conferences.
> She is the coordinator of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements, a U.S. coalition of criminal justice professionals, representing 16 criminal justice organizations. Robyn has also served as faculty at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
> Before joining TIRF, Robyn worked for the Solicitor General of Canada and Members of Parliament in the areas of correctional policy and legislation.
Academic highlights:
> Robyn received her Masters Degree in Criminology and undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa. Her professional training also includes a wide range of management, business administration, marketing and executive development courses.
> Robyn has nine years of experience in the academic field, teaching several criminology and criminal justice courses part-time as her schedule permits at the University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Professional memberships and affiliations:
> Editorial Board of Journal of Safety Research;
> Member of the Board of Directors, American Probation and Parole Association (APPA);
> Member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Transportation;
> Member of the International Council of Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS);
> Member of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP/ACPSER);
> Member of DWI Court Task Force of the National Center of DWI Courts;
> Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board, Belgian Road Safety Institute (ISBR).