Positions

Overview

  • David C. Schwebel has published over 235 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children, adolescents, and young adults. Specific risk factors of interest include temperament and personality, overestimation of physical ability and cognitive development, and adult supervision of children.

    From a prevention perspective, Dr. Schwebel has developed and implemented injury prevention techniques for a range of situations, including pedestrian safety training in virtual reality environments, school playground safety via behavioral strategies targeting teachers, drowning prevention through lifeguard training at public swimming pools, dog bite prevention in rural China and in the United States, and kerosene safety in low-income South Africa neighborhoods.

    Dr. Schwebel is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, a Fulbright Award winner, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. His research has been funded by NIH, CDC, DOT, and several other federal, non-profit and industry groups.
  • Selected Publications

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2016 Safety and childproofing.  43-54. 2016
    2008 Temperament and Children's Unintentional Injuries.  51-71. 2008
    2008 Safety and Childproofing.  43-54. 2008

    Research Overview

  • What many people call an accident is usually not accidental. If people had behaved differently, that accident may have been averted. Early research in the UAB Youth Safety Lab, which I direct, focused on understanding psychological and behavioral factors that place children, adolescents and young adults at increased risk for unintentional injuries. We considered cognitive development, temperament, adult supervision, and many other factors.

    Over time, my desire to apply our research findings to help children and families led me to translate our findings about risk for child injury into intervention and prevention programs. Currently, much of my research is focused on development, evaluation, and implementation of programs to reduce youth injury risk. Many of these prevention programs are based in technology — examples include using virtual reality to teach children to cross streets, multi-media internet training to improve teacher supervision at preschool playgrounds, and use of interactive augmented reality to help parents install car seats correctly. Other work is global — identifying ways to reduce kerosene poisoning in low-income South African communities, reducing risk of dog bites in rural China and pedestrian injury in urban China, and reducing suicide risk among young women in rural Iran. All of our research is closely grounded in psychological theory of child development, health-related behavior change, and ecological context. Our work is also applied, designed to improve public health through changes in how children and the adults who supervise them behave and think, or changes to the environment children and their supervisors engage within.

    Our laboratory’s ultimate goal is to use psychological science to understand risk for injury and then develop, evaluate, and disseminate effective programs to reduce injuries to children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Principal Investigator On

  • Using Interactive Virtual Presence to Remotely Assist Parents with Child Restraint Installations  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2024
  • ShootSafe: An Interactive Web Platform to Teach Children Hunting, Shooting and Firearms Safety  awarded by CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS 2020 - 2023
  • Virtual Reality by Mobile Phone: Improving Child Pedestrian Safety  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2016 - 2022
  • Is Superhero Play a Risk Factor for Unintentional Injury in Preschool-aged Children?  awarded by American Psychological Association of Graduate Students 2021 - 2022
  • Using Bluetooth Beacon Technology to Reduce Distracted Pedestrian Behavior  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2021
  • Preventing Youth Soccer Injury: A Randomized Cross-Over Trial  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2017 - 2019
  • Scholarship in Child and Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP)-2018  awarded by American Psychological Association 2018
  • Delivering Virtual Reality Through Mobile Platforms: Child Pedestrian Safety Training in China  awarded by Fogarty International Center/NIH/DHHS 2015 - 2018
  • Improving Child Restraint Installation in Rural America through Interactive Virtual Presence  awarded by NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL 2018
  • Distracted Pedestrian Behavior: Intervention to Increase Safety  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2015 - 2018
  • Scholarship in Child and Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP)  awarded by American Psychiatric Association 2017
  • Evaluating Child Restraint System (CRS) Installation using Interactive Visual Presence  awarded by University of Florida 2016 - 2017
  • A Website to Teach Children Safety with Dogs: Development and Evaluation  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2014 - 2016
  • Unintentional Childhood Injury Risk in Rural Uganda: The Role of Sibling Supervision and the Potential for Behavior Change Through Classroom-Based Instruction  awarded by American Psychological Foundation 2015 - 2016
  • Private Grant  awarded by VIPAAR, LLC. 2015 - 2016
  • Teaching Schoolchildren Pedestrian Safety: A Pragmatic Trial Using Virtual Reality  awarded by University of Florida 2013 - 2015
  • Private Grant  awarded by CARR & CARR ATTORNEYS AT LAW 2012 - 2014
  • Using Virtual Reality to Train Children in Pedestrian Safety  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2009 - 2014
  • Evaluation of Cognitive Readiness for Tractor Operation Using Advanced Simulation  awarded by MARSHFIELD CLINIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION 2011 - 2013
  • Understanding Pediatric Dog-Bite Injuries in Rural China  awarded by American Psychological Foundation 2012 - 2013
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research in DRMS: The Effects of Sleep Restriction on Adolescents' Pedestrian Safety  awarded by NSF - National Science Foundation 2011 - 2013
  • Predictors of Physical Activity in Child and Adolescent Survivors of Cancer  awarded by American Psychological Association 2011 - 2012
  • Learning to Love Dogs Safely. Phase Three  awarded by Morris Animal Foundation 2011 - 2012
  • The Effects of Sleep Restriction on Adolescent's Pedestrian Safety  awarded by CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (PHILADELPHIA) 2010 - 2011
  • Blue Dog Study on Supervision and Learning  awarded by THE BLUE DOG TRUST 2009 - 2011
  • Teaching Activities

  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in PY/SL (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in PY/SL (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in PY/SL (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in PY/SL (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in PY/SL (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in PY/SL (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in PY/SL (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in PY/SL (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • PY325 - Clinical Child Psychology (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in PY/SL (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • PY723 - Sem Abnormal Child Development (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PY397 - Cmty-Based Prac in Psych - SL (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PY398 - Resch Prac in Psychology - RES (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY325 - Clinical Child Psychology (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in Psych (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY398 - Research Prac in Psychology (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in Psych (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PY398 - Research Prac in Psychology (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in Psych (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY398 - Research Prac in Psychology (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY398 - Research Prac in Psychology (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY325 - Clinical Child Psychology (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PY396 - Teaching Pract in Psych (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PY397 - Community-Based Prac in Psych (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PY398 - Research Prac in Psychology (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • PY723 - Sem Abnormal Child Development (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Full Name

  • David Schwebel