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Pediatric Psychology Safety Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Pediatric Psychology, Child Safety, Injury Prevention, Research-Based, Child Accidents, Pedestrian Safety, Road Safety, Drowning Prevention, Poisonin Prevention, Falls Prevention, Product Safety, Playground Safety, Youth Sports Safety, Adult Supervison of Children, Agricultural Safety, Farm Safety, ATV, Motorcycle, Bicycle, Tractor Operations by Children, Adult Behavior, Child Behavior, Influences, Child Injury Risk, Child Injury, Dog Bite Prevention, Youth Tractor Operation, Lifeguarding


2018- Interim Chair, Department of Philosophy
2017- University Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research
2016- Secondary Appointment, Professor of Pediatrics
2011-2017 Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research in the Sciences
2009-2011 Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychology
2006-2009 Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychology
2005-2006 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
2000-2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
1999-2000 Psychology Resident, Clinical Psychology Internship (General Child Track)
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


2000 Ph.D.
1996 M.A.
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Major: Clinical Psychology

1994 B.A., cum laude with distinction in the major
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Major: Psychology (Intensive Track)


Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Alabama

Selected Honors and Awards:

Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research, American Psychological Association, 2019
UAB Disability Support Services Outstanding Faculty Award, 2017
Dennis Drotar Distinguished Research Award in Pediatric Psychology, APA Division 54 (Society for Pediatric Psychology), 2017
Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017-2020
UAB Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Academic Engagement and Global Citizenship, 2014
Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2013
Fulbright Award (Senior Specialists Scholar Award to China), 2011
Fellow, American Psychological Association, elected 2009
Routh Early Career Award in Pediatric Psychology, APA Division 54 (Society for Pediatric Psychology), 2006
Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, elected 1999
Spence Award, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, 1999
Woodrow Wilson Fellow (Children’s Health), 1999
Psi Chi Honor Society, elected 1993

Continuing Education:

Penn State Leadership Academy, June 2013

Professional Affiliations:

American Psychological Association (Fellow, Division 54)
Advisory Board, Child Injury Prevention Alliance (CIPA)
Association of American Colleges & Universities (inactive)
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (inactive)
International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention (Society Treasurer, 2006-2009)
Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (inactive)
Society for Research in Child Development (inactive)


UAB Research Center Affiliations:

2019- Senior Scientist, UAB Civitan International Research Center
2017- Scholar, Center for Interprofessional Education & Simulation
2014- Senior Scientist, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine
2013- Sparkman Scholar, Sparkman Center for Global Health
2008- Scientist, Center for the Study of Community Health
2000- Scientist, Injury Control Research Center
2000-2011 Center Scientist, Center for the Advancement of Youth Health


Courses Taught:

University of Alabama at Birmingham:
Clinical Child Psychology (Undergraduate)
Elementary Statistical Methods and Design (Undergraduate)
Developmental Bases of Personality and Psychopathology (Graduate)
Seminar in Abnormal Child Development (Graduate)

University of Iowa:
Clinical Psychology (Undergraduate; Teaching Assistant)
Child Development (Undergraduate; Teaching Assistant)

Supervised Theses and Student Committee Service:

Teaching Awards:

UAB School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring, 2008
Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, UAB Professor of the Month, January 2002


Professional Service:

Scientific Boards and National Service:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)’s Strategic Planning Working Group, 2018
Expert Advisor Board, Safe Kids Worldwide, 2018-present
Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017-2020
Scientific Board, Safety & Defense, a publication of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense and Air Force Academy, Poland, 2017-present

Editorial Service and Boards:
Co-Editor, Special Issue on Unintentional Pediatric Injury, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 2015-2017
Guest Editor, Special Issue on Child Injury Prevention, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2012-2013
Editorial Advisory Board, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2018-present
Editorial Board, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2016-present
Editorial Board, Journal of Injury and Violence Research, 2008-present
Editorial Board, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 2004-present
Editorial Board, Journal of Safety Research, 2009-present
Editorial Board, Journal of Family and Community Health, January 2009 special issue
Editorial Board, Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (4th Ed.)
Editorial Board, Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (3rd Ed.)

Ad-hoc Reviewer, Refereed Journals: Accident Analysis and Prevention; Adolescent Health Medicine and Therapeutics; Advances in Medical Education and Practice; Advances in Medical Science; African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention; American Journal of Preventative Medicine; American Journal of Psychiatry; American Journal of Public Health; American Psychologist; Annals of Epidemiology; Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Anxiety, Stress, and Coping; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Applied Ergonomics; Applied Psychology: An International Review; Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology; Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine; Archives of Psychiatric Nursing; Behavior Modification; BMC Public Health; BMJ Open; BOAJ Psychology; British Journal of Developmental Psychology; Bulletin of the World Health Organization; Burns; Child Development; Children’s Health Care; Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology; Clinical Psychology Review; Cognitive Development; Developmental Neurorehabilitation; Developmental Psychology; Early Education and Development; European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Journal; Globalization and Health; Health Education Research; Health and Place; Health Psychology; Health Psychology Review; Human Factors; Hypothesis; Injury; Injury Epidemiology; Injury Prevention; Intelligent Transport Systems; International Emergency Nursing; International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education; International Journal of Behavioral Development; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion; International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health; International Journal of Pediatrics; International Journal of Psychology; International Journal of Sustainable Transportation; JAMA Network Open; JAMA Pediatrics; Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health; Journal of Agromedicine; Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology; Journal of Asthma; Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; Journal of Environmental Psychology; Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; Journal of Experimental Child Psychology; Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health; Journal of Individual Differences; Journal of Language and Social Psychology; Journal of Marriage and Family; Journal of Medical Internet Research; Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care; Journal of Pediatric Psychology; Journal of Personality; Journal of Primary Prevention; Journal of Research in Personality; Journal of Transcultural Nursing; Journal of Trauma Management and Outcomes; Lancet; Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; Obesity; Ocean and Coastal Management; Pediatrics; Permanente Journal; PLOS One; Preventive Medicine; Psychological Assessment; Safety; Safety Science; Saudi Medical Journal; Social Behavior and Personality; Social Science and Medicine; Traffic Injury Prevention; Transport Policy; Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies; Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

Grant Reviews:
Junior and Senior Research Projects of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), May 2019
UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health Pilot Grants, May 2019
MIUR (Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research), PRIN 2017 program, September, 2018
NIH, Scientific Review Group Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB), mail reviewer, September, 2018
UAB Department of Preventive Medicine Pilot Project applications, March 2018
Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Elise Richter programme proposals for female scientists, February 2018
Kaul Pediatric Research Institute (KPRI) at Children’s of Alabama – child health grants, October 2017
National Science Foundation, Division of Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences, Doctoral Dissertation Proposals, September 2017
UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and Harvard Catalyst|The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, Data Ideation Challenge proposal reviews, August-September 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow applications, Research Foundation – Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen, FWO), Belgium, February 2017
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Grants, December 2015
Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Exploratory Research Project applications, June 2014, April 2015, March 2016
Gulf States Health Policy Research Grants, March 2015
NIH, Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2015/01 PDRP (Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention), October 2014
APA Division 54 (Society for Pediatric Psychology) Eugene Walker Award and Student Travel Awards, February 2013
2013 National Research Funding Competition, Superior Council of the National Fund for Scientific & Technological Development (FONDECYT), Government of Chile, November 2012
Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) Investigatorship Program Reviews, Vancouver, BC, Canada, December 2011
Dissertation Grants for Decision, Risk and Management Science Program, National Science Foundation, October 2011
Grants for Chief Scientist Office, Health Services and Population Health Research Committee, Government of Scotland, April 2011
NIH, Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2008/05 ZCE1 FXR (08) R (RFA-TW-09-002, Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program (TRAUMA) (D43)), October 2010
National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia, Independent Reviewer, July 2008
CDC: NCIPC Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2008/05 ZCE1 FXR (08) R (Translation Research to Prevent Motor Vehicle-Related Crashes and Injuries to Teen Drivers and Their Passengers), May 2008
NIH, Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group ZRG1 HOP-S (52), Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), November 2007
Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada), Research Grant Applications, November 2005
UAB Center for AIDS Research Developmental Grant Program, May 2005
CDC: NCIPC Review Group (Panel #05022), April 2005

Leadership, Professional Societies:
Treasurer, International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention (ISCAIP), 2006-2009

Community/Society Service:
Board of Trustees, Highlands School, Birmingham, AL, 2015-
Member-at-Large, International Committee, Society for Pediatric Psychology, 2013-2018
Professional Advisory Council Member (with expertise in dog bite prevention), Alabama Canine Coalition, 2010-2012
Writing Group Member, World Health Organization (WHO) Manual on Pedestrian Safety, 2011-2013

Department Administrative Positions:

Interim Chair, Department of Philosophy, 2018-present
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2006-2011
Acting Associate Director of Medical (Clinical) Psychology PhD Program, 2010-2011

Department/School/University Service:

Member, Search Committee, Director of Research Administration, 2019
Member, UAB’s Global Strategic Planning Committee, 2019-present
Member, Research Advisory Committee, 2018-present
Member, Clinical Trials Administration Committee, 2018-present
Member, Search Committee, Director of Research Administration, 2018
Admissions Committee, Medical/Clinical Psychology PhD program, 2017-2018
Member, Search Committee, Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, 2017-2019
Member, Search Committee, Director of the Institutional Review Board, 2017-2019
Taskforce on Visiting International Scientist/Scholar Cultural Risk, President’s Risk Cabinet, member, 2017-present
Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation (CIPES) Program Advisory Board member, 2017-2019
Member, University Pedestrian Awareness Sub-Committee (UPAS), 2016-present
Chair, Search Committee, Department of Sociology Chair, 2016
Member, Mentoring Academy Planning Committee, 2015-present
Member, Associate Dean of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Search Committee, UAB Graduate School, 2015
Member, UAB College of Arts and Sciences Executive Risk Oversight Committee, 2015-present
Member, Faculty Activities Reporting Subcommittee, 2015-2017
Chair, Search Committee, Department of English Chair, 2015
Chair, Search Committee, Department of Justice Sciences Chair, 2014-2015
Chair, Search Committee, Department of Communication Studies Chair, 2014
Member, Ireland Award Judging Committee, 2014-2018
Chair, Search Committee, Department of Anthropology Chair, 2013-2014
Member, Research Focus Group, 2013
Faculty Champion, Blazing Start/Dual Enrollment programs, 2013-2015
Chair, CAS Data Security Task Force, 2012
Member, Research Capacity Building, 2011-2016
Member, CAS Interdisciplinary Innovation Forum Organizing Committee, 2011-present
Member, Inter-Professional Education and Simulation Task Force (university-wide committee), 2010-2011
Member, Council on Postdoctoral Education (COPE), 2011-2018
Member, Developmental Area Graduate Student Admissions Committee, Winter 2010-2011
Member, Medical/Clinical Area Graduate Student Admissions Committee, Winter 2010-2011
Member, Psychology Training Committee, 2010-2011
Member, Graduate School Graduate Student Support Allocation Review Committee, 2010-2011
Member, Academic Programs and Policies Committee, 2010-2011
Member, Undergraduate Programs Council, 2010-2011
Member, Psychology Department Action Group on Development, 2010
Member, Psychology Department Action Group to consider 5th year MS degree, 2010
Chair, Faculty Search Committee (Psychology, Child Clinical Psychologist/Glenwood collaboration), 2010-2011
Member, Faculty Search Committee (Psychology, Director of Clinical Training), 2010-2011
Member, Faculty Search Committee (Psychology, Endowed Chair in Developmental Psychology), 2009-2011
Member, Psychology Department Action Group on Statistics Training at the Undergraduate Level, 2009-2010
Member, Faculty Search Committee (Psychology, Department Chair), 2009-2010
Chair, Faculty Search Committee (Psychology, Assistant Professor for Teaching/Advising), 2009
Chair, Psychology Department Ad-Hoc Committee on Faculty Workloads and Incentives, 2009
Member, UAB Council on Translational Research, 2008-2016
Member, SBS Committee on Promotion to Associate Professor, 2008-2009
Member, Department of Psychology Colloquium Series Committee, 2007-2010
Chair, Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2006-2011
Member, Psychology Department Executive Committee, 2006-2011
Chair, Department of Psychology Distinguished Alumni Award Committee, 2003-2012
Member, Medical (Clinical) Psychology Coordinating Committee, 2002-2011
Member, Maternal and Child Health Faculty Search Committee, 2007-2008
Member, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean Search Committee, 2007
Member, Developmental Area Faculty Search Committee, 2006-2007
Member, Medical (Clinical) Psychology Curriculum Committee, 2005-2007
Member, SBS Committee on Faculty Affairs, 2004-2005
Chair, Department of Psychology Colloquium Series, 2002-2004
Judge, UAB Center for Aging Abstract Competition, Social and Behavioral Science Division, August 2004
Member, Developmental Area Graduate Student Admissions Committee, Spring 2004
Faculty Judge (Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences session), Graduate Research Day, April 2004
Faculty Judge, Ost Undergraduate Research Competition, 2003, 2008-2011
Member, SBS Ad-Hoc Committee on Sabbaticals, 2002
Faculty Judge, UAB Homecoming Spirit Competition and Parade, October 2002
Member, Developmental Area Graduate Student Admissions Committee, Spring 2002
Faculty Judge, Graduate Research Day, April 2002
Member, BA/BS Degree Option Committee, Spring 2001
Member, Developmental Area Faculty Search Committee, Spring 2001


Legal consulting and expert witness testimony, various firms, 2006-present
National Advisory Council, the National Center for Fire and Life Safety, 2016-present
Research consulting, various grants, organizations and institutions, 2001-present
State of Washington Juvenile Retention Administration, 1999
Lego toy company, 1998-1999
Barney & Friends television show/Connecticut Public Television, 1993-1994


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