Distracted Driving and the Community – Traffic Safety Simulator

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Distracted Driving and the Community – Traffic Safety Simulator

TRIP Lab Simulator – Educating Planners in the Practice of Reducing Transportation Related Deaths and Injuries



The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Translational Research for Injury Prevention Laboratory (UAB TRIP Lab) strives to help the nation achieve a significant reduction in the rate of transportation-related deaths, injuries and resulting disabilities, particularly in the southeastern United States.  TRIP Lab is committed to gaining a better understanding of the psychological aspects of transportation-related injury through multi-disciplinary research and translating those findings to the practice of injury prevention and control.

The TRIP Lab was established in 2009 by Dr. Despina Stavrinos as an official outlet for her research, and as a means to recruit other scholars – students and professionals – drawn to the intersection of the transportation, behavioral, and cognitive research fields.

The TRIP Lab is a dynamic research laboratory that welcomes diverse students at various levels of training. Under Dr. Stavrinos’ mentorship, students attain/hone basic research skills through experiential learning and produce independent research projects applying those skills. This approach fosters independence and responsibility, and allows students the opportunity to publish and present their research findings – often as a first author – to the scientific and lay communities. Students also are afforded the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the larger, grant-funded studies undertaken by Dr. Stavrinos and her collaborators.

The success of Dr. Stavrinos’ mentorship is evidenced by the approximately 75% of students trained in the TRIP lab who go on to science-based graduate/professional programs. The success of the research undertaken in the TRIP Lab is evidenced by the number of publications and presentations (many award winning) based on original research, and by the continuous grant funding the Lab has received.

The TRIP Lab houses a fully immersive, state-of-the-art driving simulator designed by Realtime Technologies, Inc., and sponsored by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Transportation. It takes the form of a 2016 Honda Pilot, and features a fully functional steering wheel, throttle, brake, gear selector, turn signals, and dashboard. The simulator’s software is fully customizable to meet a wide variety of research needs. The faculty and staff of the TRIP Lab have extensive experience in multi-disciplinary transportation-related injury prevention research, and are happy to share their knowledge, experience, and resources to assist you in your research needs.



Presented by Mariah Stasiak, TRIP Lab Manager


Mariah Stasiak

Mariah Stasiak, TRIP Lab Manager Mariah Stasiak received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015, and is currently a post-baccalaureate degree seeking student pursuing Human Resources Management. She plans to further her education beyond the baccalaureate level by pursuing a Master in ... Read More

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