Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Stavrinos is the Director of the Translational Research for Injury Prevention (TRIP) Laboratory. The TRIP Lab offers students at various levels of training (high school, undergraduate, graduate, post-doc) and from various disciplines (e.g., psychology, medicine, public health, engineering, computer science) the opportunity to conduct high quality behavioral research. Since its establishment in 2009, nearly 100 students have been trained under Stavrinos’ mentorship.

    Experiential learning is one of the key principles guiding Dr. Stavrinos’ teaching philosophy. She is a firm believer that students learn best when they actively participate, whether in a research or classroom setting. Within a research context, experiential learning takes place when students are actively involved in all aspects of the research process. Under her direction, students:

    assist with the development of protocols
    recruit research participants
    run participants through experimental protocols
    process and enter data into statistical software
    disseminate research findings through presentations at scientific conferences and publications in scientific journals.
    These experiences challenge students to truly grasp what research is all about, from start to finish, and they reflect on these experiences through weekly writing assignments and presentations. Dr. Stavrinos provides constructive feedback in a timely manner, and fellow students also provide comments to each other, thus providing a bidirectional opportunity for learning; those providing feedback further their understanding and advance their critical thinking skills, and those receiving feedback learn how to accept critiques from multiple perspectives. Experiential learning enables students to develop a strong research skill set they can apply towards future work.

    For more information about the TRIP Lab, please visit our website at www.triplaboratory.com.

    Transportation safety across the lifespan (teens, older adults, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury), cognitive development and injury prevention, translational research, virtual reality/simulation methods
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Trajectories of self-regulatory driving practices: Role of learner phase practice.Accident Analysis and Prevention.  162:106407. 2021
    2021 Validation of the attention-related driving errors scale in novice adolescent driversAccident Analysis and Prevention.  159. 2021
    2021 Use of multilevel modeling to examine variability of distracted driving behavior in naturalistic driving studiesAccident Analysis and Prevention.  152. 2021
    2021 Neuropsychological predictors of driving hazard detection in autism spectrum disorder and ADHDChild Neuropsychology.  27:857-887. 2021
    2020 Personality determinants of subjective executive function in older adultsAging and Mental Health.  24:1935-1944. 2020
    2020 Adolescent driving behavior before and during restrictions related to COVID-19Accident Analysis and Prevention.  144. 2020
    2020 Demographic, driving experience, and psychosocial predictors of adolescent distracted driving beliefsAccident Analysis and Prevention.  144. 2020
    2020 Differences in postinjury psychological symptoms between collegiate athletes with concussions and orthopedic injuriesClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  30:360-365. 2020
    2020 Effects of speed of processing training and transcranial direct current stimulation on global sleep quality and speed of processing in older adults with and without HIV: A pilot study 2020
    2020 Cognitive reserve attenuates the association between HIV serostatus and cognitive performance in adults living in the deep South 2020
    2019 Developmental Aspects of Unintentional Injury Prevention Among Youth: Implications for PracticeAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.  13:565-573. 2019
    2019 Prevalence and Safety of Left-Footed Driving Following Right Foot Surgery Patients Including a Driving SimulationFoot and Ankle International.  40:818-825. 2019
    2019 Pain, Pain Catastrophizing, and Individual Differences in Executive Function in Adolescence 2019
    2018 Return to Driving after Hip ArthroscopyClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  28:299-303. 2018
    2018 Distracted Walking, Bicycling, and Driving: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Mobile Technology and Youth Crash RiskChild Development.  89:118-128. 2018
    2017 Aggression, emotional self-regulation, attentional bias, and cognitive inhibition predict risky driving behaviorAccident Analysis and Prevention.  109:78-88. 2017
    2017 Mechanisms behind distracted driving behavior: The role of age and executive function in the engagement of distracted drivingAccident Analysis and Prevention.  98:123-129. 2017
    2016 Differential impact of personality traits on distracted driving behaviors in teens and older adultsAccident Analysis and Prevention.  92:107-112. 2016
    2013 Impact of distracted driving on safety and traffic flowAccident Analysis and Prevention.  61:63-70. 2013
    2013 Predictors of health-related quality-of-life following traumatic brain injuryBrain Injury.  27:992-999. 2013
    2012 Distraction and pedestrian safety: How talking on the phone, texting, and listening to music impact crossing the streetAccident Analysis and Prevention.  45:266-271. 2012
    2009 Attentional control, high intensity pleasure, and risky pedestrian behavior in college studentsAccident Analysis and Prevention.  41:658-661. 2009
    2009 The influence of carrying a backpack on college student pedestrian safetyAccident Analysis and Prevention.  41:352-356. 2009
    2009 Children's spoken word recognition and contributions to phonological awareness and nonword repetition: A 1-year follow-upApplied Psycholinguistics.  30:101-121. 2009
    A Naturalistic Driving Study Across the Lifespan

    Research Overview

  • For the past decade Dr. Stavrinos has been conducting research in transportation, for which she has received funding from multiple federal agencies including NIH, NSF, CDC, and USDOT. The focus of her research program is the prevention and control of unintentional injuries, particularly those resulting from motor vehicle crashes, the leading killer of people ages 5-24. Dr. Stavrinos’ research considers the broad context of unintentional injury prevention and control, and in particular examines driving in at-risk populations, including novice, teen drivers, distracted drivers, drivers with developmental disabilities such as ADHD and Autism, and older drivers. Dr. Stavrinos employs a variety of methodologies to study driving behavior, including driving simulation, self-report surveys, police crash reports, and naturalistic (observational) data capture.

    In Fall 2017, Dr. Stavrinos and the TRIP Lab will launch a new 5-year study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH-NICHD). This longitudinal study will test the influence of age and driving experience on driving attention development under various conditions, and will identify underlying cognitive mechanisms of attention development and ultimately the occurrences of MVCs. Findings will have significant implications for targeted interventions to reduce MVCs and policy regarding optimal age and experience for licensure. It will be the first longitudinal study of attention in the driving context.
  • Principal Investigator On

  • A Naturalistic Driving Study Across the Lifespan  awarded by University of Florida
  • Austin Svancara - Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships for the Behavioral Sciences  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Benjamin McManus - Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships for the Behavioral Sciences  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Distracted Driving Translational Research for Injury Prevention (TRIP) Laboratory  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship - Svancara  awarded by DOT - DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship – Albright  awarded by DOT - DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship – Lechtreck  awarded by DOT - DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships for the Behavioral Sciences  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships for the Behavioral Sciences  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Dwight David Eisenhower - Albright  awarded by DOT - DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION)
  • Dwight David Eisenhower - Sherrod  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Dwight David Eisenhower - Svancara  awarded by DOT - DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION)
  • Eisenhower Fellowship - Albright  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Eisenhower Fellowship - Lechtreck  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Eisenhower Fellowship - Svancara  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Field Study of Newer Generation Heavy Vehicle Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) System  awarded by VIRGINIA TECH TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
  • Haley Johnson Bishop - Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships for the Behavioral Sciences  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Impact of Distracted Driving on Congestion  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA (TUSCALOOSA)
  • Longitudinal Assessment of Driving After Mild TBI in Teens  awarded by NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
  • Longitudinal Examination of Driving Attention Among Adolescents  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS
  • Maria Lechtreck - Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships for the Behavioral Sciences  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • STRIDE Summer Internship 2015  awarded by University of Florida
  • Shannon Wittig - Dwight D. Eisenshower Transportation Fellowships for the Behavioral Sciences  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • TRIP Lab Distracted Driving Education and Outreach  awarded by REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM
  • TRIP Lab Distracted Driving Education and Outreach  awarded by REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM
  • TRIP Lab Distracted Driving Education and Outreach  awarded by REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM
  • Tyler Bell - Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships for the Behavioral Sciences  awarded by Department of Transportation
  • Understanding and Preventing Motor Vehicle Crashes Around Social and Non-Social Hazards Among Adolescent Drivers with Autism Spectrum Disorders  awarded by American Psychological Foundation
  • Investigator On

  • A Naturalistic Driving Study Across the Lifespan  awarded by University of Florida
  • Assessment of the Prevalence and Safety of Left Foot Driving in Right Foot and Ankle Surgery Patients  awarded by American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
  • Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS
  • Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility - Core B  awarded by National Institute on Aging/NIH/DHHS
  • Distracted Driving in Teens with ADHD  awarded by CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (PHILADELPHIA)
  • Examining the FMCSA Vision Standard and Vision Waiver Program for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers  awarded by VIRGINIA TECH TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
  • Longitudinal Study of Fatigue, Stress, and Work Organization as Risk Factors for Motor Vehicle Crash Risk in Surgical Residents  awarded by National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health/CDC/DHHS
  • Private Grant  awarded by MINNESOTA HEALTHSOLUTIONS CORP
  • Promoting Transportation Safety in Adolescence  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS
  • Technology Transfer Distracted Driving-Overview Summary and Assessment of Ways to Alleviate  awarded by University of Florida
  • University Transportation Centers (UTCs)-Regional: University of Alabama at Birmingham with University of Florida-Research Project 930-843  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
  • University Transportation Centers (UTCs)-Tier I: University of Alabama at Birmingham with Georgia Institute of Technology-Research Project 930-842  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
  • Teaching Overview

  • Undergraduate statistics, research methods and design, adolescent development, cognitive development
  • Teaching Activities

  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2021) 2021
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY710 - Sem in Lifespan Develop Psych (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2021) 2021
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY710 - Sem in Lifespan Develop Psych (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2020) 2020
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2020) 2020
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY710 - Sem in Lifespan Develop Psych (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY710 - Sem in Lifespan Develop Psych (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • PY698 - Premaster's Degree Grad Resrch (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY699 - Master's Level Thesis Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY729 - Adolescent Development Seminar (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY798 - Predoctoral Degree Grad Res (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY799 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY215 - Research Literacy in Psycholog (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • PY315 - Methods Psychological Research (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • PY315 - Methods Psychological Research (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2009
  • Master of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2006
  • Full Name

  • Despina Stavrinos