Mireille E. Kelley

Mireille E. Kelley, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Consultant

Dr. Mireille Kelley, Ph.D. specializes in injury biomechanics and human performance capability. She has research expertise in traumatic brain injury (mTBI, concussion, and severe traumatic brain injury), pediatric injury, and quantifying human strength and speed capabilities. Dr. Kelley provides injury and biomechanical analysis for murder investigations, child injury investigations, vehicular accidents, industrial accidents, and slip and falls.

Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Kelley earned a doctorate from the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and was a member of Wake Forest’s Center for Injury Biomechanics where she researched head impacts and concussion injury mechanisms in youth football athletes. She also conducted research as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) and investigated the causation of injuries resulting from motor vehicle collisions. This experience provided Dr. Kelley with a unique skillset involving the inquiry and analysis of national motor vehicle crash and injury databases. She also studied how injury patterns and injury risk change depending on variables such as crash severity and pre-crash positioning using real-world motor vehicle collision cases and finite element model reconstructions.

Dr. Kelley is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals including: Journal of Neurotrauma, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Traffic Injury Prevention, and Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.


  • Analysis of longitudinal head impact exposure and white matter integrity in returning youth football players, J Neurosurg Pediatr., June 2021
  • Mapping default mode connectivity alterations following a single season of subconcussive impact exposure in youth football, Hum Brain Mapp, June 2021
  • Effect of Coach Feedback and Awareness of Head Impact Exposure on Practice Structure in Youth Football, Neurotrauma, May 2021
  • The Effect of Player Contact Characteristics on Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football Games, J Appl Biomech, January 2021
  • Psychometric Properties of the Standardized Assessment of Concussion in Youth Football: Validity, Reliability, and Demographic Factors , Applied Neuropsychology: Child, March 2020
  • Physical Performance Measures Correlate with Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, February 2020
  • Neuropsychological Change After a Single Season of Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, January 2020
  • Neuropsychological Change After a Single Season of Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, January 2020
  • Development of a Concussion Risk Function for a Youth Population Using Head Linear and Rotational Acceleration, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, January 2020
  • Evaluation of Head Impact Exposure Measured from Youth Football Game Plays, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, May 2019
  • See CV for further publications

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