• Dr. Mirman is a scientist, educator, and mentor in the Lifespan Developmental Psychology program who conducts basic and applied research in the area of child and adolescent health and development. Dr. Mirman attended the University of Delaware from 1998-2002 earning a BA in Psychology, and Fordham University from 2002-2006 earning a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology. She completed her practicum training at The Children's Aid Society of New York focusing on the development and evaluation of health promotion programs for children and their parents. Dr. Mirman then spent two years in the non-profit sector developing and evaluating positive youth development programs for at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the faculty at UAB, she was a Scientist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Research Institute and Division of Adolescent Medicine from 2008-2016.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2023 Parent Reactions to Sexual and Gender Identity Disclosure Events in the Deep South 2023
    2022 The Efficacy of Targeted Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Improving Mental Health and Cognition Among Youth and Adults with ACE Histories: A Systematic Mixed Studies ReviewJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.  15:1165-1177. 2022
    2022 Achieving Transportation Equity: How Can We Support Young People's Autonomy and Health in a Rapidly Changing Society?Journal of Adolescent Health.  70:701-702. 2022
    2022 Gender Differences in Cross-Informant Discrepancies in Aggressive and Prosocial Behavior: A Latent Difference Score AnalysisPsychological Assessment.  34:409-418. 2022
    2022 Communicating With and Supporting Youth Diagnosed With COVID-19: A Trauma-Informed Care ApproachJournal of Adolescent Health.  70:7-9. 2022
    2021 Systematic review of child passenger safety laws and their associations with child restraint system use, injuries and deathsInjury Prevention.  27:577-581. 2021
    2021 Tools for Transport: Driven to Learn With Connected VehiclesTopics in Cognitive Science.  13:708-727. 2021
    2021 An Evaluation of Dual Systems Theories of Adolescent Delinquency in a Normative Longitudinal Cohort Study of Youth 2021
    2021 Advancing our understanding of cognitive development and motor vehicle crash risk: A multiverse representation analysisCortex.  138:90-100. 2021
    2021 Evaluating disparities in child occupant protection using a proportion-eliminated approach to mediationTraffic Injury Prevention.  22:252-255. 2021
    2021 Frequency of communication about adolescents’ strengths and weaknesses and the parent–adolescent relationshipApplied Developmental Science.  25:260-271. 2021
    2020 Variations in booster seat use by child characteristicsJournal of Safety Research.  74:89-95. 2020
    2019 Assessment of Caregiver-Targeted Interventions for Use of Motor Vehicle Passenger Safety Systems for Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysisJAMA Network Open.  2. 2019
    2019 Characterizing the Learning-to-Drive Period for Teens with Attention DeficitsJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  40:581-588. 2019
    2019 Effect of Primary Care Parent-Targeted Interventions on Parent-Adolescent Communication about Sexual Behavior and Alcohol Use: A Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA Network Open.  2. 2019
    2019 A dynamical systems perspective on driver behaviorTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour.  63:193-203. 2019
    2019 Learning to drive: A reconceptualizationTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour.  62:316-326. 2019
    2019 Adolescents' perspectives on distracted driving legislationJournal of Safety Research.  68:173-179. 2019
    2019 Pain, Pain Catastrophizing, and Individual Differences in Executive Function in AdolescenceChildren's Health Care.  48:18-37. 2019
    2018 Parents’ perspectives on using autonomous vehicles to enhance children's mobilityTransportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies.  96:415-431. 2018
    2018 Adolescents Spending Time Alone With Pediatricians During Routine Visits: Perspectives of Parents in a Primary Care ClinicJournal of Adolescent Health.  63:280-285. 2018
    2018 Talking with teens about traffic safety: Initial feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of a parent-targeted intervention for primary care settingsJournal of Safety Research.  66:113-120. 2018
    2018 School safe driving climate: Theoretical and practical considerations for promoting teen driver safety in school settingsTraffic Injury Prevention.  19:644-650. 2018
    2018 Agency, Adolescence, and Motor Vehicle Crash RiskJournal of Adolescent Health.  62:509-510. 2018
    2018 Can Adolescent Drivers’ Motor Vehicle Crash Risk Be Reduced by Pre-Licensure Intervention?Journal of Adolescent Health.  62:341-348. 2018
    2018 Correction: Driving among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (Safety (2018) 4 (40) DOI: 10.3390/safety4030040)Safety.  4. 2018
    2018 Driving among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorderSafety.  4. 2018
    2018 Using community detection analysis to elucidate caregivers’ mental models of pediatric concussion symptomsSafety.  4. 2018
    2017 Adolescent and adult drivers’ mobile phone use while driving with different interlocutorsAccident Analysis and Prevention.  104:18-23. 2017
    2017 Parental influence on driver licensure in adolescence: A randomized controlled trialHealth Psychology.  36:245-254. 2017
    2017 Caregivers’ use of child passenger safety resources and quality of future child restraint system installationsSafety.  3. 2017
    2016 Racing with friends: Resistance to peer influence, gist and specific risk beliefsAccident Analysis and Prevention.  96:180-184. 2016
    2015 Evaluating the Effect of a Mechanical Adjunct to Improve the Installation of Child Restraint Systems to VehiclesTraffic Injury Prevention.  16:S24-S31. 2015
    2015 Effectiveness of parent-focused interventions to increase teen driver safety: A critical reviewJournal of Adolescent Health.  57:s6-s14. 2015
    2015 Engagement with the TeenDrivingPlan and diversity of teens’ supervised practice driving: Lessons for internet-based learner driver interventionsInjury Prevention.  21:4-9. 2015
    2014 TeenDrivingPlan effectiveness: The effect of quantity and diversity of supervised practice on teens' driving performanceJournal of Adolescent Health.  55:620-626. 2014
    2014 Caregivers' confidence in performing child safety seat installations: What matters most?Injury Prevention.  20:167-171. 2014
    2014 Driving errors of learner teens: Frequency, nature and their association with practiceAccident Analysis and Prevention.  72:433-439. 2014
    2014 Effect of the teen driving plan on the driving performance of teenagers before licensure: A randomized clinical trialJAMA Pediatrics.  168:764-771. 2014
    2014 Enhancing Our understanding of teen-driver crashesJAMA Pediatrics.  168:511-512. 2014
    2014 It takes two: A brief report examining mutual support between parents and teens learning to driveAccident Analysis and Prevention.  69:23-29. 2014
    2012 Development of web-based parent support program to improve quantity, quality, and diversity of teens' home-based practice drivingTransportation Research Record.  107-115. 2012
    2012 Factors associated with adolescents' propensity to drive with multiple passengers and to engage in risky driving behaviorsJournal of Adolescent Health.  50:634-640. 2012
    2012 Peer passengers: How do they affect teen crashes?Journal of Adolescent Health.  50:588-594. 2012
    2012 From Passengers to Drivers: Parent Perceptions About How Adolescents Learn to DriveJournal of Adolescent Research.  27:401-424. 2012
    2011 Child coping and parent coping assistance during the peritrauma period in injured children 2011
    2011 Prevalence of teen driver errors leading to serious motor vehicle crashesAccident Analysis and Prevention.  43:1285-1290. 2011
    2010 Adolescent drivers' perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of abstention from in-vehicle cell phone useAccident Analysis and Prevention.  42:1570-1576. 2010
    2010 Child and parent perceptions of monitoring in chronic illness management: A qualitative study 2010
    2009 Aggression, gender-typical childhood play, and a prenatal hormonal index 2009
    2007 Gender differences in relational and physical aggression 2007
    2005 Gender differences in relations of mental rotation, verbal fluency, and SAT scores to finger length ratios as hormonal indexesDevelopmental Neuropsychology.  28:493-505. 2005


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    2014 Development of on-road driving assessment for learner teen drivers.  Ed. 2465.  2014


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    2016 Parenting teenaged drivers: Training and licensure.  291-304. 2016

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Mirman is the Director of The Child and Adolescent Health Lab. Research in the lab is centered on understanding how interactions with parents and friends affect the development of health behaviors and health outcomes for children and adolescents. We focus on childhood and adolescence, as these time periods can set the stage for a lifetime of positive and negative health behaviors. The overarching research goals of the lab are to inform theories of human development and to create and to evaluate programs, policies, and products that help diverse groups of children and adolescents grow up healthy, happy, and strong. Research in the lab is primarily, but not exclusively, focused on transportation safety and health management. For more information on programs of research and training opportunities, please visit the Child and Adolescent Health Lab’s website.
  • Full Name

  • Jessica Mirman