Director

David SchwebelDavid C. Schwebel, Ph.D., directs the UAB Youth Safety Lab. Dr. Schwebel is University Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1994, his M.A. from University of Iowa in 1996, and his Ph.D. from University of Iowa in 2000. He completed a clinical psychology internship at University of Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Schwebel has published over 230 peer-reviewed manuscripts, almost all focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children. He is known for developing and evaluating innovative, technologically-based child injury prevention programs. He has lectured widely about his research and consults regularly with industry, law, government and university groups. Dr. Schwebel is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, a Fulbright Award winner, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has served as Principal Investigator on grants worth over $6.85 million and his research has been funded by the NIH, CDC, DOT, and other federal, non-profit and industry sources.

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Lab Manager

""Anna Johnston, M.A., serves as Lab Manager and Study Coordinator for the UAB Youth Safety Lab. She received her undergraduate education at Birmingham-Southern College, majoring in Psychology. Anna went on to complete a Master’s of Counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and recently earned a Global Health Certificate from the UAB School of Public Health. Before joining the Youth Safety Lab, Anna worked as a child, adolescent, and family therapist providing testing, assessment, and direct clinical services to local families. She is passionate about childhood injury prevention, community health, and global health outreach.


Collaborating Faculty

""Leslie McClure is Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. She has diverse research interests, ranging from statistical methodology to environmental epidemiology. Methodologically, Dr. McClure is interested in the design and analysis of randomized clinical trials with multiple outcomes, and methodology for re-estimating sample size in on-going randomized trials. She also works on trying to understand why there are disparities in disease, and what role the environment might play in those disparities. In addition, Dr. McClure loves to teach and to work with students, and has been recognized by the University of Alabama at Birmingham for her outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.


""D. Leann Long, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of biostatistics in the UAB School of Public Health. After receiving a B.S. in Mathematics from Tennessee Wesleyan College and an M.S. in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her doctoral research proposed the marginalized zero-inflated Poisson model, focusing on providing marginal inference for count data with excess zeroes. Dr. Long collaborates with various scientists across UAB, including the REGARDS cohort study examining racial and geographic disparities in stroke mortality in the US. In addition to her participation in Dr. Schwebel’s Youth Safety Lab, she has worked with Dr. Jessica Mirman and Dr. Burel Goodin in the UAB Department of Psychology.


Post Doc

Andie ThompkinsAndie Thompkins joined the UAB Youth Safety Lab as a postdoc in 2017. A graduate of Auburn University, she holds a doctorate in Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, with a focus on the human-animal bond. Along with training as a volunteer postdoc in the lab, Andie is the Director of Research at Hand in Paw, a 501(c)(3) non-profit provider of animal-assisted therapy. She conducts research to assess the impact of Hand in Paw programs and the use of animals in therapeutic and educational contexts. In the Youth Safety Lab, Andie is working to expand our research on dog safety and bite prevention.


Graduate Students

""Casie Morgan is a first-year doctoral candidate in the UAB Medical/Clinical Psychology program. She graduated from Loyola University of Maryland in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and Writing. During her undergraduate career, she spent most of her time researching parent-child relationships with specific projects focused on parents’ perceptions of alcohol-related behavior, management of romantic relationships, and teachings of prosocial behavior. In the UAB Youth Safety Lab, Casie is interested especially in links between behavior problems, temperament, and injury, as her career goals include working with families whose children are diagnosed with behavior and/or developmental disorders.


""Jenni Rouse graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology. She joined the UAB Youth Safety Lab in 2012 to gain experience and knowledge about research. She went on to complete a Master’s in Counselor Education-Clinical Mental Health at UAB in 2016 while continuing to be an active member of the UAB Youth Safety Lab. She recently started her first year as a student in the UAB Lifespan Developmental Psychology Doctoral Program.


""Marissa Swanson is currently enrolled in a dual degree program at UAB, pursing her Ph.D. in the Medical/Clinical Psychology program and her MSPH in Outcomes Research through the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy in the UAB School of Public Health. She is interested in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based interventions to promote children’s health and wellbeing globally. Her research focuses on reducing unintentional childhood injuries in rural Uganda, particularly in the context of sibling supervision. Her work has been supported by funding from a Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention Grant from the American Psychological Foundation and the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a Moses Sinkala Travel Award from the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health, and an Ireland Research Travel Award from the UAB Graduate School. Prior to joining the Youth Safety Lab, Marissa worked in eastern Uganda from 2013-2015 as a coordinator for Arlington Academy of Hope, a local NGO that improves children’s wellbeing through education and healthcare. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in History.


""Hayley Wells is a doctoral candidate in the UAB Medical/Clinical Psychology program and a pre-doctoral intern at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She applies her interests in pediatric psychology to her work in the UAB Youth Safety Lab by researching parent and child factors that may contribute to unintentional childhood injury risk. Her master’s thesis project examined how young children behave around familiar and novel household poisons and how accurately parents estimate their children's safety knowledge and behavior. Her dissertation examines sleep-deprived teenagers' decision-making when estimating their own physical abilities and implications for injury risk. Hayley has also contributed to research projects examining the topics of sleep disorders, pedestrian safety, dog bite prevention, and household poison packaging in her time in the lab.