Center for Applied Biomechanics
4040 Lewis and Clark Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Jason Forman's research topics include the development and biofidelity evaluation of anthropomorphic test devices, the execution of full-scale impact biomechanics experiments with dummies and other models in simulated automobile collision environments, the development of injury risk functions for use with dummies and computational models, field data analysis for injury risk factor evaluation, and investigating the effects of factors such as aging and obesity on injury risk. He has eleven years of experience in injury biomechanics research spanning topics from dummy and injury risk function development to the micro-mechanical behavior of biological tissues. After completing his graduate work at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics, Dr. Forman served for two years as the Deputy Director for Science at the European Center for Injury Prevention (Pamplona, Spain). Upon returning to UVA, Dr. Forman continued in experimental biomechanics research as a Senior Scientist, Principal Scientist and then Research Associate Professor. Jason's other interests include hiking, outdoor sports, travel, food.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – University of Virginia Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Bachelor of Science (BS) – University of Virginia Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Mechanisms of aortic injury in automobile collisions
Mechanisms, prediction, and prevention of pedestrian injuries from collisions with automobiles
Mechanisms and prediction of thoracic injury in automobile collisions
Automobile restraint design, evaluation, and optimization
Effects of aging on thoracic injury and vehicular occupant protection
Anthropomorphic test device design and evaluation
Orthopedic training simulator design and evaluation
Methods and theory of automobile occupant injury prediction and modeling
Mechanisms and prevention of non-contact lower extremity injury in athletics
Modeling of costal cartilage calcification as a function of age
Injury risk prediction using statistical techniques to interpret finite element biomechanics models

Selected Publications

Injury tolerance of the wrist and distal forearm to impact loading. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2014; 77(3 SUPPL 2):S176-83. J. Forman, B. Perry, A. Alai, A. Freilich, R. Salzar, T. Walilko
Occupant kinematics and shoulder belt retention in far-side lateral and oblique collisions: a parametric study. Stapp Car Crash Journal. 2013; 57:343-385. J.L. Forman, F. Lopez-Valdes, D.J. Lessley, P. Riley, M. Sochor, S. Heltzel, J. Ash, R. Perz, R.W. Kent, T. Seacrist, K.B. Arbogast, H. Tanji, K. Higuchi
Predicting rib fracture risk with whole-body finite element models: development and preliminary evaluation of a probabilistic analytical framework. Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine. 2012; 56:109-124. J.L. Forman, R.W. Kent
The effect of calcification on the structural mechanics of the costal cartilage. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. 2012; 17(2):94-107. J.L. Forman, R.W. Kent
Modeling the costal cartilage using local material properties with consideration for gross inhomogeneities. Journal of Biomechanics. 2011; 44(5):910-916. J.L. Forman, R.W. Kent


University of Virginia MAE Research Scientist of the Year 2017
Member, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine 2006—present
Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Young Achiever Award 2014
Whitaker International Scholars Grant 2009
Best Scientific Paper Award, 52nd Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine 2008