• 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 fellowship 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. Her research assesses behavioral health interventions for pediatric health issues such as functional neurological disorders, obesity and sleep.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2023 Sense of control, selective attention, cognitive inhibition, and psychosocial outcomes after Retraining and Control Therapy (ReACT) in pediatric functional seizures.Epilepsy and Behavior.  109143. 2023
    2022 Psychiatric and personality factors in pediatric functional seizures: A prospective case-control study 2022
    2022 Sense of control, selective attention and cognitive inhibition in pediatric functional seizures: A prospective case-control study 2022
    2022 Treatment Approaches for Functional Neurological Disorders in ChildrenCurrent Treatment Options in Neurology.  24:77-97. 2022
    2021 Letter to the Editor: Retraining and Control Therapy (ReACT) is a bottom-up, body-oriented intervention 2021
    2021 Transient effect of aerobic exercise training on insulin sensitivityDiabetes Epidemiology and Management.  4:100032. 2021
    2021 Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder in Children and Adolescents within Medical SettingsJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.  28:90-101. 2021
    2021 Changing the culture of care for children and adolescents with functional neurological disorder 2021
    2021 Identifying and evaluating novel treatment targets for the development of evidence-based interventions for functional neurological disorder 2021
    2021 One-year follow-up of treatment outcomes and patient opinions of Retraining and Control Therapy (ReACT) for pediatric functional seizures 2021
    2020 The effects of sleep deprivation and text messaging on pedestrian safety in university studentsSleep.  43:1-8. 2020
    2020 Body mass index changes associated with smoking are moderated by race and depressionJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  31:1115-1123. 2020
    2020 Retraining and control therapy for pediatric psychogenic non-epileptic seizuresAnnals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.  7:1410-1419. 2020
    2020 A Systematic Review of Somatic Symptoms in Children with a Chronically Ill Family MemberPsychosomatic Medicine.  82:366-376. 2020
    2019 A review of functional neurological symptom disorder etiology and the integrated etiological summary modelJournal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.  44:8-18. 2019
    2018 Assessment of Cardiovascular Health among Community-Dwelling Men with Incarceration History 2018
    2018 Paradoxical insomnia and subjective–objective sleep discrepancy: A reviewSleep Medicine Reviews.  40:196-202. 2018
    2018 A review of functional neurological symptom disorder etiology and the integrated etiological summary model.Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.  43:170190. 2018
    2018 A Systematic Review of Sleep, Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Risk in Children and AdolescentsCurrent Hypertension Reports.  20. 2018
    2018 Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Patients with Demyelinating Diseases: Relevance of Disability, Relapsing Presentation, and FatigueJournal of Pediatric Psychology.  43:133-142. 2018
    2017 Correcting delayed circadian phase with bright light therapy predicts improvement in ADHD symptoms: A pilot studyJournal of Psychiatric Research.  91:105-110. 2017
    2016 Impact of media use on adolescent sleep efficiencyJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  37:9-14. 2016
    2015 A systemic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of the impact of sleep duration on adiposity and components of energy balanceObesity Reviews.  16:771-782. 2015
    2013 The effects of acute sleep restriction on adolescents' pedestrian safety in a virtual environmentJournal of Adolescent Health.  53:785-790. 2013
    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. 2013
    2012 An evaluation of The Great Escape: Can an interactive computer game improve young children's Fire safety knowledge and behaviors?Health Psychology.  31:496-502. 2012
    2012 Child Pedestrian Injury: A Review of Behavioral Risks and Preventive StrategiesAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.  6:292-302. 2012
    2012 The blue dog: Evaluation of an interactive software program to teach young children how to interact safely with dogsJournal of Pediatric Psychology.  37:272-281. 2012
    2012 Dog bite risk: an assessment of child temperament and child-dog interactions.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  9:3002-3013. 2012

    Research Overview

  • As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Fobian is interested in translational research which will inform her clinical practice. Her research interests include treatment development for functional neurological disorder and behavioral factors associated with sleep and obesity, such as the effects of media use on sleep and the effects of sleep on obesity. Dr. Fobian recently published a randomized controlled trial assessing Retraining and Control Therapy (ReACT) for pediatric psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. She is assessing both metabolic and weight outcomes associated with increased sleep duration in adolescents.
  • Education And Training

  • Baylor College of Medicine Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Internship
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Samford University 2008
  • Full Name

  • Aaron Fobian