Jason Forman, PhD

Jason Forman

Dr. Forman has over 11 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 and Principal Scientist. Specific 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.


  • 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.
  • Occupant kinematics and shoulder belt retention in far-side lateral and oblique collisions: a parametric study. Stapp Car Crash Journal. 2013; 57:343-385.
  • 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.
  • The effect of calcification on the structural mechanics of the costal cartilage. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. 2012; 17(2):94-107.
  • Modeling the costal cartilage using local material properties with consideration for gross inhomogeneities. Journal of Biomechanics. 2011; 44(5):910-916.

For more publications see: Google Scholar | ResearchGate


  • International Society of Biomechanics, Student Dissertation Grant, 2006
  • Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine Endowment Fund Student Research Grant, 2006
  • John Paul Stapp Award, Best Paper, 50th Stapp Car Crash Conference, 2006
  • University of Virginia, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies – Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2008
  • University of Virginia – McGaughy Fellowship, 2008
  • Best Student Paper Award, 52nd Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2008
  • Best Scientific Paper Award, 52nd Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2008
  • Whitaker International Scholars Grant, 2009
  • Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Young Achiever Award, 2014
  • University of Virginia MAE Research Scientist of the Year, 2017
  • Member, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2006-Present

Other Interests

  • Hiking, Outdoor sports, Travel, Food