David C. Schwebel, Ph.D.

University of Alabama at Birmingham


David C. Schwebel is University Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice President for Research Facilities and Infrastructure at University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he heads the UAB Youth Safety Lab. He earned his B.A. in psychology from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Iowa. He completed a clinical psychology internship at University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Schwebel has published over 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children. He has developed and implemented injury prevention techniques for pedestrian safety training in virtual reality environments, preschool playground safety via behavioral strategies targeting teachers, drowning prevention through lifeguard training at public swimming pools, dog bite prevention in rural China and the US, safer car seat installation through interactive merged reality, and kerosene safety in low-income South African neighborhoods. Dr. Schwebel is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, a Fulbright Award winner, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has been Principal Investigator on research grants worth over $12 million; won the 2019 Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research from the American Psychological Association; served from 2017-2021 on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; and in 2022 published the popular book, Raising Kids Who Choose Safety.