Dr. David C. Schwebel


Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Other information

Other information:
David SchwebelContact Information:
Email: schwebel@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 934 8745 
Fax: (205) 975 6110
Lab Website: Youth Safety Lab

BA, 1994, Yale University
MA, 1996, University of Iowa
PhD, 2000, University of Iowa

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Interests:
PY 214 Elementary Statistical Methods and Design
PY 325 Clinical Child Psychology
PY 723 Seminar in Abnormal Child Development

Research Program:
Understanding and preventing child and adolescent unintentional injury. Specific risk factors of interest include temperament, overestimation of physical ability, and parent-child relationships. I am also interested in injury prevention,  with specific foci in using virtual reality to train children in pedestrian safety; improving adult supervision of children at swimming pools, playgrounds, and around dogs; and international work to reduce injuries in culturally-specific situations in South  Africa, Iran, China, and elsewhere.

UAB Youth Safety Lab
The UAB Youth Safety Lab is a research lab dedicated to youth safety, conducting research using a wide range of experimental strategies. The UAB Youth Saftey Lab conducts various studies designed to understand and prevent injuries to children, adolescents, and young adults.

Link: Pediatric Pedestrian Safety in Virtual Reality - YouTube

Note: Please click on image to play video.

Director of the UAB Youth Safety Lab, which conducts laboratory-based studies of factors that lead to child and adolescent injury. Families interested in participating in research may contact  the lab at (205) 934-4068 or safetylab@uab.edu. 

Representative Publications:

Schwebel, D. C., Barton, B. K., Shen, J., Wells, H., Bogar, H., Heath, G., & McCullough, D. (in press). Systematic review and meta-analysis of behavioral interventions to improve child  pedestrian safety. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 

Schwebel, D. C., Pennefather, J., Marquez, B., & Marquez, J. (in press). Internet-based training to improve preschool playground safety: Evaluation of the Stamp-in-Safety program.  Health Education Journal. 

Schwebel, D. C., McClure, L. A., & Severson, J. (in press). Teaching children to cross streets safely: A randomized controlled trial. Health Psychology. 

Shen, J., Li, S., Xiang, H., Lu, S., & Schwebel, D. C. (2014). Antecedents and consequences of pediatric dog-bite injuries and their developmental
trends: 101 cases in rural China.  Accident Analysis and Prevention, 63, 22-29. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.10.025

Davis, A. L., Avis, K. T., & Schwebel, D. C. (2013). The effects of sleep restriction on adolescents’ pedestrian safety in a virtual
environment.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 785-790.   doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.07.008