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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 in the U-M Psychology Department. 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. These topics include 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; drowsy driving; and driving self-regulation. Dr. Eby has managed more than 50 projects as a principal investigator. He has authored more than 200 scholarly publications including first author of the book Maintaining Safe Mobility in an Aging Society.
Dr. Eby is a member of two committees of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies: Occupant Protection and Safe Mobility for Older Adults. Since 2005, Dr. Eby has 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 the University Transportation Center (UTC) called the Michigan Center for Advancing Safe Transportation throughout the Lifespan (M-CASTL) which was sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation from 2007-2012.  Dr Eby is currently the Director of a new UTC called the Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center), a collaboration between UMTRI and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
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