Published on January 16, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
Samford psychology alumna Aaron Davis Fobian
Samford psychology alumna Aaron Davis Fobian

Samford psychology alumna Aaron Davis Fobian ’08 has been named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-Ph.D. whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

Fobian earned her Ph.D. in medical/clinical psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she currently serves as assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and researcher at the university's Nutrition Obesity Research Center. Her research includes examination of how behavioral interventions affect pediatric health in the areas of functional neurological symptom disorders, sleep and obesity.

Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences strongly encourages undergraduate research alongside expert faculty mentors. Psychology chair Stephen Chew was an early champion of that emphasis, and helped introduce Fobian to professional research.

“Dr. Chew and the Department of Psychology actually supported my travel to the Association for Psychological Science Convention during my junior year, which allowed me to present my first research poster,” Fobian said. “I am grateful for the abundant knowledge, opportunities and experiences that Samford provided to me that equipped me for graduate school and my future career.”

In addition to numerous other professional honors, Fobian was named the 2018 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama Young Professional of the Year for her service to that organization.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.