The research

In a former bank building on UAB’s campus, psychology researcher Despina Stavrinos, Ph.D., is studying how to secure something more precious than checks or coins: human lives. Her Translational Research for Injury Prevention Laboratory (TRIP Lab) is equipped with a first-of-its-kind full-bodied SUV driving simulator. Stavrinos’ research has attracted national attention, including a visit from NBC’s Today show.

Driving SimulatorThe unique SUV driving simulator at TRIP Lab is being used for cutting-edge research on causes and prevention of distracted driving.

“Our intention is that the findings will have significant implications for targeted interventions, ultimately to reduce motor vehicle collisions and to develop policy regarding optimal age and experience for licensure.”

Paying attention

With a $2.2-million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Stavrinos is leading a study on cognitive mechanisms of attention in more than 200 16- and 18-year-olds. “Our intention is that the findings will have significant implications for targeted interventions, ultimately to reduce motor vehicle collisions and to develop policy regarding optimal age and experience for licensure,” says Stavrinos, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology.

 

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