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  • 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


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