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Deborah McAvoy

Chair, Associate Professor
Civil Engineering
STKR 143
mcavoy@ohio.edu
Phone: 740.593.1468

Dr. Deb McAvoy joined Ohio University's Civil Engineering Department in the Fall of 2007. She received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University after working as a civil engineering consultant for eleven years. Dr. McAvoy worked as the lead research engineer for the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group for three years while working toward her Ph.D. She completed her M.S. degree in Transportation Engineering from Wayne State University, and her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Detroit. She is a registered professional engineer in the states of Michigan and Ohio. She is also certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) through the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).


Research Interests: Dr. McAvoy's principal area of research interest is in highway safety, traffic engineering, traffic signal system optimization and progression, roadway design and human factors engineering. She has worked on projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the United States Department of Justice, 3M, and other industry clients. As a part of these studies, she has conducted technical analyses for signal timing, congestion, crash, gap studies and has substantial experience in corridor progression and work zone safety analyses.

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, Wayne State University, 2007. M.S., Civil Engineering, Wayne State University, 2004. B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Detroit, 1994.

Publications:

1. McAvoy, Deborah, S. Duffy, and H. Whiting II. Simulator Study of Precipitating Factors for Work Zone Crashes, accepted for publication in the Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington D.C., 2011.1. McAvoy, Deborah, S. Duffy, and H. Whiting II. Simulator Study of Precipitating Factors for Work Zone Crashes, accepted for publication in the Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington D.C., 2011.

2. Schattler, K., M. Christ, D. McAvoy, and C. Glauber. Impact of Signal Mounting Configuration on Red Light Running at Urban Signalized Intersections. ITE Journal, February 2011, pp. 22-30.

3. McAvoy, Deborah S., K.L. Schattler, and T.K. Datta. Driving Simulator Validation for Nighttime Construction Work Zone Devices. Transportation Research Record 2015, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington D.C., December 2007, pp. 55-63.

4. Schattler, K.L., J.G. Wakin, T.K. Datta and D.S. McAvoy. Evaluation of Pedestrian and Driver Behavior at Countdown Pedestrian Signals. Transportation Research Record 2002, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington D.C., December 2007, pp. 98-106.

5. Schattler, K.L., J. Pellerito, D.S. McAvoy and T.K. Datta. Assessing Driver Distractions from Cell Phone Use While Driving: Simulator-Based Study. Transportation Research Record 1980; Safety and Human Performance, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies Washington D.C., 2006, pp. 87-94.