Dr. Holt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Lincoln University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science from Drexel University’s School of Biomedical, Engineering Science & Health Systems.
Coupling her knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as physics, she has designed and conducted experimental protocols to evaluate the biomechanics of the human body during a motor vehicle crash event. Dr. Holt’s research ultimately aided in enhancing automotive safety for the diverse range of ages and sizes that resemble the motor vehicle occupant population.
Dr. Holt’s scientific investigations and publications include the exploration of occupant kinematics and kinetics to pre-crash maneuvers and crash environments with test subjects that consisted of pediatric and adult human volunteers, as well as anthropomorphic test devices. She has also participated, conducted, and assisted in the development and testing of vehicle seating and restraint systems. Further research has comprised of the evaluation of age, occupant adaptation, occupant posture, and occupant kinematic responses to novel vehicle countermeasures.
This training and experience provides a unique understanding of the methodologies used in analyzing motor vehicle dynamics and occupant kinematics. Currently, as a Senior Biomechanist at ARCCA, Incorporated, Dr. Holt has participated in a broad range of biomechanical testing where her forensic investigations include human motion, injury causation, and human tolerance levels that pertain to specific events.