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David W. Eby

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Dr. David W. Eby is a research professor and head of the Behavioral Sciences group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Dr. Eby is also an adjunct research professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Eby holds a doctorate degree in experimental psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. The primary focus of his research is to enhance the safe mobility of people by conducting and reporting behavioral studies. Dr. Eby's work at UMTRI has encompassed a number of topics in traffic safety and mobility including use and misuse of occupant protection devices; risky driving behaviors among young and novice drivers; alcohol impaired driving policy analysis; occupant protection policy analysis; medical conditions and driving; aging and safe mobility; distracted driving; use of technology to improve safe mobility; older driver self-screening; rural transportation; employee traffic safety; drowsy driving; and driving self-regulation. Dr. Eby has managed more than 70 projects as a principal investigator. He has authored more than 320 scholarly publications.  He is the lead author of two books on older adult mobility: Maintaining Safe Mobility in an Aging Society and Perspectives and Strategies for Promoting Safe Transportation Among Older Adults. Some of his key publications, such as the Driving Decisions Workbook, have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, and French as well as modified for British and Australian audiences.

Dr. Eby is a former long-standing member of two committees of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies: Occupant Protection and Safe Mobility for Older Adults. During 2005-2015, Dr. Eby served as an associate editor of the journal, Accident Analysis & Prevention. He is a former convener of the Transportation and Aging Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and was awarded a fellow of the GSA in 2008. Dr. Eby was the founding director of two University Transportation Centers (UTCs) sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation: the Michigan Center for Advancing Safe Transportation throughout the Lifespan (M-CASTL) and the Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center), a collaboration between UMTRI and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.  The ATLAS Center is currently sponsored by the University of Michigan College of Engineering.  Dr. Eby’s research has received awards from the Michigan Governors’ Traffic Safety Advisory Commission, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Standing Committee on Research.

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