Research Overview

Dr. Farrell's research interests focus on pediatric trauma and injury prevention. She is interested in the epidemiology of injury, social determinants of health, strategies for injury prevention, as well as the acute management of trauma patients. Her prior work has included pediatric fractures, motor vehicle safety, firearm-associated injury, and child abuse fatalities. Her interest in the pre-hospital care of ill and injured children has led to a collaboration between EMS education and research.

About the Researcher

Caitlin Farrell received her MD in Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She did her internship and residency in Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital where she was chief fellow. Dr. Farrell completed the Program for Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. She joined the faculty of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2016.

Researcher Services

Researcher Areas

  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Injury Prevention
  • Pediatric Pre-Hospital Care
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Trauma

Research Divisions


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  1. Farrell CA, Hannon M, Lee LK. Pediatric spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormality in the era of advanced imaging. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2017 Jun; 29(3):286-290. View abstract
  2. Farrell CA, Fleegler EW, Monuteaux MC, Wilson CR, Christian CW, Lee LK. Community Poverty and Child Abuse Fatalities in the United States. Pediatrics. 2017 May; 139(5). View abstract
  3. Lee LK, Fleegler EW, Farrell C, Avakame E, Srinivasan S, Hemenway D, Monuteaux MC. Firearm Laws and Firearm Homicides: A Systematic Review. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 01 01; 177(1):106-119. View abstract
  4. Cruz CI, Farrell CA, Nelson KA, Levy JA. Abdominal Lymphatic Malformation Presenting as Acute Abdominal Pain: A Common Pediatric Complaint, but an Unusual Diagnosis. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2016 May; 32(5):315-7. View abstract
  5. Lee LK, Farrell CA, Mannix R. Restraint use in motor vehicle crash fatalities in children 0 year to 9 years old. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Sep; 79(3 Suppl 1):S55-60. View abstract
  6. Farrell C, Rubin DM, Downes K, Dormans J, Christian CW. Symptoms and time to medical care in children with accidental extremity fractures. Pediatrics. 2012 Jan; 129(1):e128-33. View abstract