David Schwebel, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and professor of psychology, has been selected as recipient of the 2013 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction. Schwebel, director of the UAB Youth Safety Lab, researches the prevention of unintentional injuries of children and adolescents. He is renowned for his work with pedestrian safety in crosswalks.
Each year UAB presents the Ireland Prize to a full-time faculty member of CAS to recognize professional and academic achievements and contributions made to the university and local community.
“I have won various awards from national and international professional groups, but to be honored by your own colleagues, at your own university, is really special,” said Schwebel. “It’s particularly so when the decision committee is interdisciplinary and recognizes the value of one’s own science amidst the context of the broader university, community and world.
Schwebel has published 114 peer-reviewed manuscripts, is an American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow and is one of 11 invited to co-author a manual on pedestrian safety for the World Health Organization (WHO).