Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2019
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2015
  • B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2011
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, Arizona, #77873
Additional Education & Training
  • Northwestern University Center for Public Safety - Traffic Crash Reconstruction for Engineers
Professional Honors
  • National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2013
  • Whitaker International Summer Grant Awardee, 2013
Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Automotive Engineers – SAE
  • The Orthopaedic Research Society – ORS

Dr. Cutcliffe's area of expertise is injury and tissue biomechanics, focusing on the mechanical differences between healthy and injured tissue and the kinematics contributing to injury. Dr. Cutcliffe's research experience includes human volunteer testing, cadaveric testing, testing using anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs), animal testing, and computational modeling. Dr. Cutcliffe has conducted a variety of research involving head, neck, and knee injuries resulting from sports and motor vehicle accidents, which she has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at various professional conferences.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Cutcliffe was a Postdoctoral Associate and Graduate Research Assistant in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at Duke University. Her research investigated cartilage biomechanics using magnetic resonance imaging and mechanical testing, both in vivo and ex vivo, to develop earlier diagnostic techniques for osteoarthritis. She was also a Graduate Research Assistant in the Injury Biomechanics Laboratory at Duke University. Her work evaluated head impact and acceleration using cadaveric studies and assessed ATD head and neck response through both physical and computational experiments.