David Schwebel April 2013 at his labFeatured STRIDE Researcher

David Schwebel, Ph.D., Professor, UAB

David C. Schwebel is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research in the Sciences 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 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children.  Specific risk factors of interest include temperament and personality, overestimation of physical ability and cognitive development, and adult supervision of children.  From a prevention perspective, he has developed and implemented injury prevention techniques for pedestrian safety training in virtual reality environments, school playground safety via behavioral strategies targeting teachers, drowning prevention through lifeguard training at public swimming pools, dog bite prevention in rural China and in the United States, and kerosene safety in low-income South Africa neighborhoods.  Dr. Schwebel is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, a Fulbright Award winner, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  His research has been funded by NIH, CDC, DOT, and several other agencies.

Dr. Schwebel lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Yikun and children: Andy (age 9) and Rosa (age 7).  His hobbies include regular lunchtime racquetball games at the UAB Recreation Center and family travel to destinations around the world, including visits to all 50 U.S. states and around 70 countries.