High Scoring Abstract Award Winners
The ICTH Programme Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 High Scoring Abstract Award winners! The competition this year was tight with a few winners determined by a fraction of a point. Congratulations to ALL ICTH accepted abstract presenters. Good Job!
Each abstract submitted and considered for presentation at ICTH went through a formal peer-review and scoring process. Final abstract scores were calculated as the average of three (3) independent peer-review assessments. The two (2) highest scoring abstracts (including oral, pecha kucha and poster) were determined in each of the following five (5) categories:
Each abstract award winner will receive a $200 USD cash prize generously provided by our sponsors, a certificate and bragging rights. A special Pecha Kucha session will be held on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, to recognize these exceptional works.
NEW for 2021: Each High Scoring Abstract Award winner will be submitting a photo and brief bio to be uploaded to this webpage.
Kimberly Vachal - USA
Going Beyond the Millennials: North Dakota Driver Ride Service Survey
Abstract Score: 49.7/50
Sponsored by: MDPI Sustainability - OPEN ACCESS
Kimberly is the lead investigator for Agricultural Industry and Rural Transportation Safety and Security activities at North Dakota State University’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. She has over 15 years of experience in transportation research, primarily in agriculture, safety, economics, policy, and freight mobility, and has worked extensively with both government and private industry agencies. Kimberly's research concentration has been in public policy and economics. She has written over 50 research papers and authored several journal articles. What you might be interested to know is that Kimberly and her husband run a cattle ranch and are very active in 4-H youth programmes.
Caryn van Vreden - Australia
The Driving Health Survey-Health and Wellbeing of Australian Truck Drivers
Abstrac Score: 45/50
Sponsored by: Journal of Transport & Health (JTH)
Caryn van Vreden is the project coordinator for the Driving Health project, looking to improve the health and wellbeing of Aussie truck drivers. She is from South Africa and moved to Australia to complete a PhD in Immunopathology at the University of Sydney. After graduating she pursued her interest in public health research and she now works for the Insurance Work and Health group at Monash University in Melbourne. Outside of work Caryn enjoys exploring the city and beaches with her pup, painting and drawing.
Stuart Blackadder - United Kingdom
Integrating Decarbonisation Strategies across Health and Transport in Greater Manchester Abstract Score: 46.3/50
Sponsored by: Transport & Health Science Group
Stuart Blackadder works in local air quality management and health-transport decarbonisation at Transport for Greater Manchester. He received his Master’s in Urban Regeneration in 2018, having written about urban inland waterway logistics. He is an advocate of rewilding and urban greening, is fascinated with China, and spends his free time researching dilapidated Tuscan farmhouses to one day inhabit.
Andrew Kendall - Australia
Hitting the Rails - What Do Accessible Tram Stops Look like to Those with Accessibility Needs? Abstract Score: 45.3/50
Sponsored by: STV Inc. Planning, Engineering, Architecture & Construction Management
Andrew Kendall believes that solving problems creatively drives better outcomes. At age 15, he'd impressed the people at the Lego toy company so much they hired him. Today, Andrew is the User Centred Design Leader for the engineering consultancy Aurecon. Andrew and his team specialise in the areas of Customer Experience and Service Design using empathetic, collaborative, imaginative and creative ways to drive user centred design outcomes in major transport infrastructure projects. Andrew is a graduate of Stanford University’s “d.school” program and holds an MBA majoring in Strategic Information Technology from the University of Technology, Sydney. Most recently and building on a nearly 20-year association with children’s hospitals, Andrew has commenced a PhD with University College London exploring how play is used by families and children in paediatric palliative care. The study will be conducted in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Early Career/Postdoctoral Professional
Ting Xia - Australia
Factors Associated with Increased Psychological Distress Among Australian Truck Drivers: The Role of Personal, Occupation, Work, Lifestyle, and Health Risk Factors
Abstract Score: 44.3/50
Sponsored by: North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
Ting works in the Insurance Work and Health Group at the Monash University. Her research interests are centered on the use of health data to inform health service delivery, policy, and research. Her current works on the Driving Health Project that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of truck drivers. Ting is an animal lovers. A six years old golden retriever is her buddy. Ting appreciates a wide variety of forms of art. She also loves fashion but never follows fashion trends.
Qiyang Liu - China
How Does Perceived Accessibility Influence Mental Health Status during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Kunming, China
Abstract Score: 42/50
Sponsored by: International Professional Association for Transport & Health (IPATH)
Qiyang is an early career researcher in transport studies. He earned a PhD from the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds in 2019. Qiyang has been working on transport policy in the Global South, policy transfer, and transport-related social inequities, especially subjective social inequities. Qiyang loves oil painting! He is an artist in his professional and personal life.
Melissa Higgsmith - United Kingdom
Does Community Severance Affect Health? a Novel Attempt to Quantify Community Severance and Assess Its Impact on Self-Rated Health of Adults in Great Britain
Abstract Score: 48/50
Sponsored by: University of Massachusetts Boston
Melissa has an MSc in Social Epidemiology from University College London and is in year one of her PhD the same subject, focusing on the health impacts of community severance. She is currently in her second month of maternity leave with her daughters Neve (2 months) and Clea (2 years) and is based on the Kent coast, United Kingdom. Prior to her studies, Melissa spent ten years working in programme delivery and improvement in the non-profit sector. Her work has included welfare support for veterans, education and training, and community health and wellbeing.
Jacob Albin Korem Alhassan - Canada
Austerity, Transportation and the Web of Dispossession: Health and Health System Impacts of Closure of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company
Abstract Score: 45/50
Sponsored by: University College London Health of the Public, Equitable Mobilities and Health Academic Community
Jacob is a Ghanaian and originally trained as a health administrator at the University of Ghana. He is a former commonwealth shared scholar and has subsequently received training in public policy, global health, African studies and population health from the universities of Durham (UK), Oxford (UK) and Saskatchewan (Canada). He is an activist scholar with a particular interest in the political economy of health and the complex relationships between governments’ political choices and health equity. Jacob’s doctoral research adopted a political economy of health approach to reveal emerging negative impacts of the closure of a 70-year-old bus company in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Anh Tang - New Zealand
The Built Environment and Its Impacts on the Walkability for Children within Primary School Catchment Areas: Case Studies of Primary Schools in Auckland, New Zealand
Abstract Score: 42/50
Sponsored by: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
Anh is an Urban Planner with a focus on environment, infrastructure and transport. Anh was born and grew up in Vietnam before moving to New Zealand at the age of twelve. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) from the University of Auckland. During her time at University, Anh received two scholarships for her research related to impacts of the built environment on children’s walkability within primary school catchment areas. She believes that the way to make sense of who we are and how we use space helps to shape a society. In addition to her professional interests in planning, Anh loves the great outdoors and is always up for the occasional travel around the country.
Alice Jackson - China
Bike Shares and Commute Travel Modes in Chinese Cities: A Socio-Ecological Study
Abstract Score: 40.7/50
Sponsored by: Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants
Alice recently graduated from Xi’An Jiaotong-Liverpool University with an MSc in Sustainable Construction. The work from her master’s thesis is presented at the conference, which involved analysing data on bike-sharing and commute travel modes in China, supervised by Dr. Lin Lin. Prior to this, she completed an MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, where her final year project focused on modelling transport mode choice in developing countries. Interested in transport as a tool for effective sustainable development, she has recently taken up a position as a sustainability consultant for Hoare Lea in London, United Kingdom.