Jessica Hafetz Mirman.

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CH 231-B
(205) 975-3907

Research Interests: Child and adolescent health, applied developmental science, parenting and health, intervention development and evaluation, transportation safety

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.A., University of Delaware, Psychology
  • M.A., Fordham University, Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Ph.D., Fordham University, Applied Developmental Psychology

Dr. Mirman is a scientist, educator, and mentor in the Lifespan Developmental Psychology program who conducts basic and applied research in the area of child and adolescent health and development. She attended the University of Delaware from 1998-2002, earning a B.A. in Psychology, and Fordham University from 2002-2006, earning a Ph,D, in Applied Developmental Psychology. She completed her practicum training at The Children's Aid Society of New York focusing on the development and evaluation of health promotion programs for children and their parents. Dr. Mirman then spent two years in the non-profit sector developing and evaluating positive youth development programs for at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the faculty at UAB, she was a scientist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Research Institute and Division of Adolescent Medicine from 2008-2016.

Research Interests

Dr. Mirman is the Director of The Child and Adolescent Health Lab. Research in the lab is centered on understanding how interactions with parents and friends affect the development of health behaviors and health outcomes for children and adolescents. We focus on childhood and adolescence, as these time periods can set the stage for a lifetime of positive and negative health behaviors. The overarching research goals of the lab are to inform theories of human development and to create and to evaluate programs, policies, and products that help diverse groups of children and adolescents grow up healthy, happy, and strong. Research in the lab is primarily, but not exclusively, focused on transportation safety and health management. For more information on programs of research and training opportunities, please visit the Child and Adolescent Health Lab’s website.

Select Publications

  • Mirman, J.H. & Curry, A.E. (in press). Racing with friends: Resistance to peer influence, gist and specific risk beliefs. Accident Analysis & Prevention.
  • Curry, A.E., Peek-Asa, C., Hamann, C., & Mirman, J.H. (2015). Effectiveness of Parent-Focused Interventions to Increase Novice Driver Safety: A Critical Review. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57(1), S6-S14.
  • Mirman, J.H., Curry, A.E., Winston, F.K., Wang, W., Elliot, M.R., Schultheis, M.T., Fisher Thiel, M.C., & Durbin, D.R. (2014). Effect of the TeenDrivingPlan on the Driving Performance of Teenagers Before Licensure: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatrics, 168(8), 764-771.
  • Mirman, J.H., Albert, W.D., Curry, A.E., Fisher Thiel, M.C., Winston, F.K., Durbin, D.R. (2014). TeenDrivingPlan effectiveness: The effect of quantity and diversity of practice on teens' driving performance. Journal of Adolescent Health. 55(5), 620–626.
  • Mirman, J.H., Curry, A.E., Zonfrillo, M.R., Seifert, S.J., Corregano, L. & Arbogast, K. Parents’ confidence in safety seat installations: What matters most? (2014). Injury Prevention. 20 (3), 167-171.
  • Mirman, J.H., Albert, D., Jacobsohn, L.S., & Winston, F.K. (2012) Factors associated with adolescents’ propensity to drive with multiple passengers and to engage in risky driving behaviors. Journal of Adolescent Health. 50(6), 634–640.
  • Mirman, J.H. and Kay, J. (2011). From passengers to drivers: Parent perceptions about how adolescents learn to drive, Journal of Adolescent Research, 27(3), 401-424.
  • Hafetz, J., Jacobsohn, L., García-España, J.F., Curry. A.E., & Winston, F.K. (2010). Adolescents’ perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of abstention from cell phone use while driving. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 42(6), 1570-1576.
  • Hafetz, J. & Miller, V. (2010). Child and parent perceptions of monitoring in chronic illness management: A qualitative study. Child: Care, Health and Development, 36(5), 655-662

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2002
  • Fellow, Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development, Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD, 2009
  • Presidential Scholarship, Fordham University, 2002-2005