Karen Philbrick, Ph.D.


Deputy Executive Director and Director of Research, Mineta Transportation Institute

Karen Philbrick was appointed as Director of Research for the Mineta Transportation Institute in May 2009. Prior to joining the MTI team, Dr. Philbrick had been extensively involved in studies investigating fatigue management planning and best practices in responding to critical incidents in the transportation industry. As part of her research, she interviewed thousands of locomotive engineers and conductors as well as airline pilots, maritime industry representatives, and truck drivers. In addition, she interviewed New York City firefighters directly affected by the terrorist events of September 11, 2001. This laid the groundwork for successful completion of her dissertation, which examined a mathematical model for understanding emotional distress in emergency workers following a terrorist attack.

On an international level, Dr. Philbrick has contributed to the development of educational and training materials for intermodal specialists. Her work has formed a key portion of an international training effort and seminar, Innovations and Challenges in Intermodal Transportation, which has been delivered in the Philippines and Indonesia. She has been a member of the US delegation to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transportation Working Group since 2000.

Dr. Philbrick earned a B.A. from California State University, Fresno, an M.A. from Columbia University, an Ed.M. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.