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Aaron Davis Fobian, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Sparks Center 1017
1530 3rd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0017
Phone: 205.934.2241
Fax: 205.975.6559
Full CV

Aaron D. Fobian earned her B.A. in Psychology from Samford University in 2008 and her Ph.D. in Clinical/Medical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. She completed her clinical internship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2013, and in 2014 she completed her psychology post-doctoral fellow in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Medicine (LEAH) program in the Department of Pediatrics at UAB. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UAB. She is working with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) to develop a study assessing the effects of increased sleep duration in overweight and obese adolescents.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Fobian is interested in translational research which will inform her clinical practice. Her research interests include the behavioral factors associated with sleep and obesity, such as the effects of media use on sleep and the effects of sleep on obesity. She is assessing both metabolic and weight outcomes associated with increased sleep duration in adolescents. Dr. Fobian is also interested in the development and efficacy of psychological interventions for both sleep and obesity.


  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  1. Davis, A.L., Avis, K.A., & Schwebel, D.C. (2013) The effects of acute sleep restriction on adolescents' pedestrian safety in a virtual environment. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 785-790. [doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.07.008]
  2. Morrongiello, B. A., Schwebel, D. C., Stewart, J., Bell, M., & Davis, A. L. (2013). Examining parents’ behaviors and supervision of their children in the presence of an unfamiliar dog: Does The Blue Dog intervention improve parent practices? Accident Analysis and Prevention, 54, 108-113.
  1. Davis, A.L., Schwebel, D.C., & Morrongiello, B.A. (2012). The effects of temperament on children’s interaction with a dog and risk for dog bites. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 9, 3002-3012.
  2. Morrongiello, B.A., Schwebel, D.C., Bell, M., Stewart, J., & Davis, A.L. (2012). An evaluation of The Great Escape: Can a computer game improve young children’s fire safety knowledge and behaviors? Health Psychology, 31, 496-502.
  3. Schwebel, D. C., Davis, A. L., & O’Neal, E. E. (2012). Child pedestrian injury: A review of behavioral risks and preventive strategies. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 6, 292-302.
  4. Schwebel, D.C., Morrongiello, B.A., Davis, A.L., Stewart, J., & Bell, M. (2012). The Blue Dog: Evaluation of an interactive software program to teach young children how to interact safely with dogs. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 272-281.
  1. Davis, A. L. (2011). The Effects of Sleep Restriction on Adolescents’ Pedestrian Safety. Progress Notes, Newsletter of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54, American Psychological Association.
  2. Davis, A. L. (2011). The Effects of Media Use on Adolescents’ Sleep Time. The Alabama Psychologist, Newsletter of the Alabama Psychological Association.


Years: 2013 - 2014 (Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Mentor(s): Dr. David Allison, Dr. Barbara Gower, Dr. Kristin Avis and Dr. Michael Wyss

In September, 2014 completed her training with us and moved on to a position as Assistant Professor in the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology. She can be contacted at