UAB Center for Study of Community Health

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    Davies, Susan, Associate Director 2019 -

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Affuso, Olivia, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Ascherman, Lee, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    C.W.R.U. School of Medicine
    Masters of Public Health - Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
    Internship and Residency - Georgetown University Medical Center
    Fellowship - Menninger Clinic
    Psychoanalytic and Child Psychoanalytic Training - New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute
    Positions:
    Professor and Vice Chair for Education - UAB Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology
    Director, UAB Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Chief of Service, Child and Adolesce...

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    Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, Marie, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship ...

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    Batey, David, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

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    Bittner, Vera, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Vera A. Bittner, Professor of Medicine and Section Head of General Cardiology, Prevention, and Imaging, has been on faculty at UAB since 1987. She currently serves as Quality Officer for UAB Hospital, is a member of the Provider Integration Network, and serves as Medical Director of the Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program. She has been listed in Best Doctors of America since 2009.

    Dr. Bittner’s research has focused on secondary prevention of cardiovascular ...

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    Brown, Cynthia, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Burgio Ph.D., Kathryn, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Kathryn L. Burgio, PhD, is a behavioral psychologist, Professor in the School of Medicine, Director of the UAB Continence Program, and Research Director of the UAB Genitourinary Disorders Center. She directs the Behavioral Sciences Section and the Behavioral Medicine Program in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. She is also Associate Director for Research at the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Birmingham VA Medical Center.

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    Carson, April, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Cherrington, Andrea, Scientist (C) 2010 -

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    Childs PhD, RN, FAAN, Gwendolyn, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Gwendolyn Childs’ research focuses on approaches for reducing the risks of sexually transmitted infections in adolescent African American girls with an emphasis on sexual decision-making and risk-taking among African American girls ages 12 to 14 years living in the Deep South region of the U.S. Using community-based participatory and qualitative research methods, Dr. Childs’ work has documented the age of onset of sexual activity in this population of young adolescents, as well as common cog...

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    Deupree PhD, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Joy, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Joy P. Deupree, PhD, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow (2014-2017) and serves as an appointed member to the Alabama Governor's Health Care Improvement Task Force and Chairs the Health Literacy Partnership of AL . Dr. Deupree has served in many leadership roles for professional organizations and is currently the senior adviser for policy for the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama the professional association she co-founded in 2006 which represents th...

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    Drentea, Patricia, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Duxbury, Andrew, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Enah PhD, RN, FAAN, Comfort, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Enah has focused her funded research on the development of theory-based, culturally-sensitive interventions directed at addressing sexual health disparities among rural minority adolescent populations. Dr. Enah’s current NIH/NINR funded project focuses on the development of a proof of concept prototype for an individually tailored electronic HIV prevention adventure game for young African American adolescents. Dr. Enah also plans to contribute to the development and use of serious games amon...

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    Feldman, Sue S, Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Sue Feldman is the Director of Graduate Programs in Health Informatics and teaches in the Clinical Informatics program, the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, and in the PhD program in the School of Health Professions. She has a dual appointment in the School of Medicine and is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Community Health at UAB.

    Dr. Feldman is a Commissioner on the Health Informatics Accreditation Council for CAHIIM (Commission for Accreditation for Health In...

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    Fernandez Ph.D., Jose, Senior Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Fontaine Ph.D., Kevin, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Antoine Lavoisier Endowed Professor of Energetics and Healthy Lifestyles. I also serve as the Associate Director of the Physical Activity and Exercise Core of UAB’s Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) and as an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Clinical and Molecular Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine...

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    Forbes, Laura, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Scholarship

    Scholarly work is attained through a variety of mechanisms (publications, presentation, and grants) and this work requires much time and dedication; however there are always new opportunities that keep the pursuits of collaborative endeavors fresh and rewarding. I enjoy working with diverse colleagues and on a variety of topics related to health behaviors.

    Service

    Service to profession of health education and to services of others must be at the forefront o...

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    Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Mona, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and is a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is PI on numerous federally funded projects that bring in over $51 million and Co-PI on additional grants worth approximately $20 million. Most of this funding has a common theme of improving health and preventing disease in minorities.

    Dr. Fouad is PI for the CDC-funded center entitled, Racial and Ethnic Approa...

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    Frazier, Marcela, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Marcela Frazier is originally from Colombia, South America. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Molecular Biology. She went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, where she completed a Doctor of Optometry degree, and a pediatric residency. She also completed a Master’s degree in Public Health in ...

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    Gilbert, Gregg, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Ginter, Peter, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hidalgo, Bertha, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hitchcock, Laurel, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Laurel Iverson Hitchcock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her PhD in Social Work and MSW at the University of Alabama, and has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Hitchcock has over ten years of practice experience in health and behavioral health care settings. Prior to her career in social work, Dr. Hitchcock served as a Peace Corp ...

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    Hites PhD, MEd, MS, Lisle, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Hood, Anthony, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Anthony C. Hood is the inaugural Director of Civic Innovation in the Office of the President at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also an entrepreneur-in-residence in the Velocity Accelerator at the Innovation Depot and an associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategy in the Collat School of Business at UAB. His research interests include conflict, transactive memory and psychological safety in teams. He translates his research into digital products (e.g. podcasts, workshops ...

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    Howard, George, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Howard, Virginia, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Jamison, DeReef, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Jones PhD, RN, CCNS, Allison, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Dr. Jones began her nursing career working in the University of Kentucky Emergency Department, a Level I trauma center. She completed her PhD in Nursing in 2015 with a focus on outcomes associated with use of older stored blood in patients with major trauma. She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Acute Care, and in Patient Blood Management. Dr. Jones is actively involved in the Stop the Bleed campaign through her connections with the UAB trauma team, and is a certified Stop The...

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    Judd, Suzanne, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Suzanne E Judd received her PhD from Emory University in 2008. Her dissertation included a clinical trial studying the effect of different forms of vitamin D on blood pressure. For this work, she was awarded a fellowship from The American Society of Nutrition. Dr. Judd also received an MPH in Epidemiology from Emory in 2005 and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1999. After several years in the pharmaceutical industry manufacturing FDA regulated products, she returned to scho...

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    Kempf PhD, MPH, Mirjam-Colette, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Mirjam-Colette Kempf has a broad background in infectious diseases, epidemiology and behavioral sciences. Her previous research has focused on HIV health services and outcomes research with particular emphasis on psychosocial barriers of access to care and health care disparities among HIV-infected women living in the rural South. She is the Co-PI for the NIH-funded UAB-MS Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) site, a member of the National WIHS cohort investigating the HIV epidemic in Women ...

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    Kennedy, Karen, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Kertesz, Stefan, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Kimberly M.D., Robert, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Robert P. Kimberly, MD, a native of New Haven, Conn., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School after receiving a baccalaureate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a baccalaureate / master's degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Dr. Kimberly's achievements and honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, a "First" class degree from Oxford, and election to both the America...

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    King, Dione, Associate Scientist (C) 2018 -

    Education:
    BA, Spelman College
    MSW, University of Georgia
    PhD, University of Georgia
    Dr. King’s long-standing commitment to disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized populations is evidenced through her professional and research experiences working with children and families in juvenile justice, child welfare, education, nonprofit and homeless/transitional housing settings. Her research focuses on health behaviors and health disparities that impact the adolescent and young adult...

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    Kitchin, Elizabeth, Associate Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Kulczycki Ph.D., Andrzej, Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Lanzi, Robin, Senior Scientist (C) 2017 -

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    Levitan, Emily, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Lewis M.D., M.S.P.H., Cora, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    McCormick, Lisa, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Lisa C. McCormick (DrPH, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BS, University of Southern Mississippi) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the UAB School of Public Health.

    Dr. McCormick is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice for the UAB School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. McCormick is the Director of the Deep South Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Worker Training Program, the Lead Evaluator for the Region IV ...

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    Menear, Kristi, Scientist (C) 2012 -

    Kristi S. Menear’s professional disciplinary background is in special education and adapted physical education. As chair of the Department of Human Studies in the School of Education at UAB, she supports the work of 30 faculty and over 850 students in the following program areas: counselor education, educational foundations, educational leadership, educational psychology and research, community health and human services, physical education, and fitness leadership/exercise science. She is a forme...

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    Moak, Stacy, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Mrug, Sylvie, Scientist (C) 2008 -

    My research examines the interplay of risk and protective factors in the development of behavioral and emotional problems in adolescence, including antisocial behavior, substance use, depression and anxiety.

    Most of my work has focused on the effects of violence exposure and peer influences in conjunction with other individual and contextual risk factors, such as pubertal timing, temperament, stress reactivity, parental practices, and broader influences of schools and neighborhoods.

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    Pekmezi Ph.D., Dorothy, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Perry Jr O.D., Felton, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Plaisance, Eric, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Plaisance is an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Plaisance has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Obesity and Metabolism. He is currently Graduate Program Director of the Masters in Exercise Physiology and Undergraduate Honors Program Director.

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    Pollio EdD, MSN, BA, RN, E. Whitney, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

    Whitney Pollio received her BSN from the University of Alabama Huntsville College Of Nursing in 1992. In 2015, she received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in the Clinical Nurse Leader track. She received an EdD in Instructional Leadership with a Nurse Education Specialization from the University of Alabama spring 2018.

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    Preskitt, Julie, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Julie Preskitt, MSOT, MPH, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Maternal and Child Health Concentration, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health (UAB-SOPH). Dr. Preskitt holds a PhD in public administration and public policy at Auburn University; a master’s of public health in maternal and child health from UAB-SOPH; and a master’s of science in occupational therapy from UAB School of Health Professions. Prior to jo...

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    Reuter, Tina, Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Rice PhD, RN, FAAN, Marti, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Marti Rice is very active in leadership positions in nursing research organizations at the national (Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science) and regional (Southern Nursing Research Society) level. She is known for her community-based research examining factors related to blood pressure in preschool and school-age children including stress and anger. Her biobehavioral research program with children spans over a quarter of a century and has been funded by the National Institute of Nurs...

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    Rucks, Andrew, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Rue III, Loring, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Loring W. Rue received his medical degree in 1983 at University of Virginia School of Medicine and went on to complete his postdoctoral training in general surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. Dr. Rue served as a staff surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at the Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and was a burn team leader during the 1991 Gulf War. In 1992 Dr. Rue joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at the UAB. He served as ...

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    Saag M.D., Michael, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    I am Associate Dean for Global Health in the School of Medicine, Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. I am also the principal investigator of the CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS), an NIAID-funded National Network of EMR-collected clinical data at 8 CFAR centers that are merged for the purposes of clinical research. I am the founding director of the UAB 1917 HIV Clinic, which has pioneered treatment pro...

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    Sathiakumar M.D., Dr.P.H., Nalini, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

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    Scarinci-Searles, Isabel, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH, is a behavioral scientist with a deep commitment to the elimination of cancer disparities in the U.S. and in low- and middle-income countries. The focus of her work is on the application of behavioral science to public health by promoting behavior change at the population level. Her primary area of interest is cancer prevention and control (including tobacco control) among low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, and immigrant populations (particularly Latinos and Afric...

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    Schwebel, David, Senior Scientist (C) 2008 -

    David C. Schwebel has published over 235 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children, adolescents, and young adults. Specific risk factors of interest include temperament and personality, overestimation of physical ability and cognitive development, and adult supervision of children.

    From a prevention perspective, Dr. Schwebel has developed and implemented injury prevention techniques for a range of situations, including ped...

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    Sisiopiku, Virginia, Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Smith, John, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Swanson, Mark, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Szaflarski, Magdalena, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Talley PhD, CRNP, ACNP-BC, Michele, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dr. Talley leads a team of talented faculty for the MSN Program at UAB. Her experience in diabetes and cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgery yield many opportunities to share with students. Her current endeavors will include teaching, maintaining a practice for diabetes care, and focusing her research on diabetes care, interprofessional teams, and care of the uninsured.

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    Tucker Ph.D., Diane, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Diane Tucker earned her PhD from University of Iowa in Clinical and Developmental Psychology and did her clinical internship year at University of Washington in Seattle, WA. A postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Neurobiology completed her training. She joined the UAB Psychology Department in January, 1985 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and to Professor in 1993.

    Dr. Tucker is a member of the Cancer Center, the Center for Health Promotion a...

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    Turan, Janet, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Janet Turan is a Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the UAB School of Public Health. Dr. Turan's main research interests are in the topic area of maternal and child health (MCH) in low-resource settings of both developing and developed countries. Over the course of her research career, she has used both quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine factors related to the promotion of MCH in diverse settings including Turkey, Jordan, Italy, Eritr...

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    Vogtle, Laura, Senior Scientist (C) 2015 -

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    Walker, Jeffery, Senior Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Wallace, Stephenie, Scientist (C) 2009 -

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    Watson, Dayna, Associate Scientist (C) 2016 -

    Dayna Watson completed a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Florida. She has extensive experience and training in clinical supervision and mental health counseling, specializing in counseling children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Watson’s clinical areas include play therapy techniques and creative interventions with children and adolescents, group therapy with young children, and cognitive therapy. Her research interests include issues of social class and p...

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    White-Williams, Connie, Associate Scientist (C) 2019 -

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    Wilkinson, Larrell, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Scholarship

    In research and information dissemination, my role is to address the areas of health promotion and health services. My research interests include: health disparities, health communication, and health and human services utilization. In this work, I examine pathways to building health equity in communities, the process to disseminating health information and behavior change within segments of the population, and work to mediate factors that influence access and quality of heal...

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    Wingate, Martha, Scientist (C) 2015 -

    Dr. Martha S. Wingate (DrPH, MPH, UAB; BS, Birmingham-Southern College) is a Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. She teaches courses in public health systems, maternal and child health, leadership, and perinatal health issues. Dr. Wingate serves as the Director of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Policy and Leadership Concentration. She also serves as the Director of the HRSA-funded Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice.

    She has ...

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    Yoder, Stephen, Associate Scientist (C) 2015 -

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