Ms. Auguste received her Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Victimology and a certification in Victim Advocacy and Service Management from The University of New Haven. In addition, she obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from The University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2015, Ms. Auguste joined The Connecticut Safety Research Center as the Behavior Analyst, conducting research of motor vehicle crash data relative to driver behavior. A large part of her work to aid in reducing crash fatalities and injuries involves the development of behavioral modification methods based on the latest general deterrence and social-norming strategies used in traffic psychology.
She is an active member of Connecticut’s Statewide Impaired Driving and Seatbelt Task Forces, as well as the CT DOT’s Traffic Records Coordinating Committee and the Crash Data Advisory Committee. Her research has been discussed and featured in interviews with WTNH News 8 and CBS Talk Radio (WTIC- Hartford), as well as, the Hartford Business Journal, WalletHub and UConn Today. She is also the author of the popular blog, “Drivers Behaving Badly”. Her research interests include distracted driving, impaired driving, existing and emerging automotive technologies, technology addiction, sensation seeking personality traits, demographic and social factors related to traffic psychology, and behavior modification.
Current research projects: pedestrian-vehicle collisions involving distraction; the cognitive, social and physical capabilities of mature drivers, and motorcycle riders’ behavior.