• Dr. Baskin is a nationally-renowned health disparities researcher and professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has led an extensive extramurally-funded research program focused on reducing health disparities in the Deep South among residents of both rural and urban communities and populations across the lifespan. Dr. Baskin’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and others.

    Most of her research has focused on community-based participatory methods that link academic partners to community- and faith-based networks to better understand and address individual, family, and environmental factors associated with healthy eating, physical activity, obesity, and cancer prevention and control. Dr. Baskin brings this community mindset to her roles as the inaugural Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

    Dr. Baskin has leveraged her research expertise in health disparities and clinical expertise in psychology and behavioral change in service to the Birmingham community and beyond. She chairs the Jefferson County Collaborative for Health Equity (JC-CHE). Formerly known as Jefferson County Place Matters, JC-CHE is dedicated to empowering leaders and communities to identify and address social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and life opportunities. JC-CHE members represent academic researchers, public health practitioners, grassroots leaders, and members of Birmingham community- and faith-based organizations who seek to improve the conditions in which our neighbors live, work, and play to prevent or reduce the risk of chronic diseases/conditions and their associated costs. At the heart of the team is a commitment to improve social determinants of health by informing and building capacity of community leaders, facilitating community action planning and implementation, and illuminating public policy.

    Under Dr. Baskin’s leadership, the team investigated and released a landmark report on the intersection of race, place and health on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham (September 2013). The report revealed powerful inequities for race and ethnic groups that are linked to geography and socioeconomic status. This research and subsequent communications between the Birmingham City Council and Mayor’s Office of the previous administration, as well as multiple local community groups and organizations contributed to the identification of “health equity” as a leading priority during the county health departments community needs assessment process. This priority area was subsequently adopted by the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership (HAP), a collaboration of over 100 organizations in the metro area that are committed to improving the health of communities in our region.

    Dr. Baskin chaired the Advancing Health Equity priority group for the HAP from 2015-2019 during which time the group developed a set of guiding principles for the application of health equity into clinical care, public health, transportation and safety, and mental health. Dr. Baskin now serves as elected chair of the HAP, which just released an expanded and updated version of the report which informs the efforts of the community partners who actively engaged in reducing and eliminating health disparities.

    Dr. Baskin has also led the development and deployment of two critical community training programs for health equity. Her community health equity orientation has been presented to over 45 organizations and groups across the metro area to make the heart and business case for health equity. She also worked with a national organization (CommonHealth Action) to adapt a two-day training on equity, diversity and inclusion to address local needs; this curriculum is now co-branded with the JC-CHE. Dr. Baskin and members of her team have facilitated the training for over 125 participants in Birmingham, including senior leaders at the Jefferson County Department of Health and the United Way of Central Alabama.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Rationale and study protocol for a randomized controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of a culturally relevant, stress management enhanced behavioral weight loss intervention on weight loss outcomes of black womenBMC Public Health.  22. 2022
    2022 It is time to Go All In: a call to actionTranslational Behavioral Medicine.  12:889-891. 2022
    2022 Relationship Between Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Severe Maternal Morbidity and Maternal Mortality 2022
    2022 Cancer disparities in the context of rurality: risk factors and screening across various U.S. rural classification codesCancer Causes and Control.  33:1095-1105. 2022
    2022 Disparities in Healthcare Utilization: Superfund Site vs. Neighboring Comparison SiteInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  19. 2022
    2022 Adverse childhood experiences in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease: A retrospective cohort studyPediatric Blood and Cancer.  69. 2022
    2022 Attitudes toward telemedicine among urban and rural residentsJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare2022
    2022 Training and Dissemination of Lung Cancer Education Curriculum Among Community Health Advisors in the Deep South: a Program EvaluationJournal of Cancer Education2022
    2021 Psychological and behavioral pathways between perceived stress and weight change in a behavioral weight loss interventionJournal of Behavioral Medicine.  44:822-832. 2021
    2021 Factors Associated with Perceived Susceptibility to COVID-19 Among Urban and Rural Adults in AlabamaJournal of Community Health.  46:932-941. 2021
    2021 Cancer-related beliefs and preventive health practices among residents of rural versus urban counties in AlabamaCancer Prevention Research.  14:593-602. 2021
    2021 Design and rationale for the deep south interactive voice response system-supported active lifestyle study: Protocol for a randomized controlled trialJMIR Research Protocols.  10. 2021
    2021 How a Priority of Community Outreach and Engagement Is Changing Health Equity at Cancer CentersHealth Equity.  5:227-235. 2021
    2021 Design and Rationale for the Deep South Interactive Voice Response System–Supported Active Lifestyle Study: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (Preprint) 2021
    2021 Recommendations from a dialogue on evolving national cancer institute-designated comprehensive cancer center community outreach and engagement requirements: A path forwardHealth Equity.  5:76-83. 2021
    2021 Society of behavioral medicine statement on COVID-19 and rural healthTranslational Behavioral Medicine.  11:625-630. 2021
    2021 Special convening and listening session on health equity and community outreach and engagement at national cancer institute-designated comprehensive cancer centersHealth Equity.  5:84-90. 2021
    2021 Supporting Trainees by Addressing Inappropriate Behaviors by PatientsSouthern Medical Journal.  114:111-115. 2021
    2020 Effects of ehealth interventions on physical activity and weight among pregnant and postpartum women and the sociodemographic characteristics of study populations: A systematic review protocol 2020
    2020 Rural Cancer Health During the COVID-19 PandemicJournal of Cancer Education.  35:862-863. 2020
    2020 Addressing inequities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality: Research and policy recommendationsTranslational Behavioral Medicine.  10:516-519. 2020
    2020 New research directions on disparities in obesity and type 2 diabetesAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  1461:5-24. 2020
    2019 Body image and dissatisfaction among rural Deep South African American women in a weight loss interventionJournal of Health Psychology.  24:1167-1177. 2019
    2019 Reasons for Late-Night Eating and Willingness to Change:A Qualitative Study in Pregnant Black WomenJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.  51:598-607. 2019
    2019 Promoting Physical Activity Across the Life Span: Progress and PromiseJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  25:30-31. 2019
    2018 Determinants of obesity in two urban CommUnities: PerCePtions anD CommUnity-Driven solUtions 2018
    2018 Associations between Race, Perceived Psychological Stress, and the Gut Microbiota in a Sample of Generally Healthy Black and White Women: A Pilot Study on the Role of Race and Perceived Psychological StressPsychosomatic Medicine.  80:640-648. 2018
    2018 Dietary Patterns Among Overweight and Obese African-American Women Living in the Rural SouthJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  5:141-150. 2018
    2018 WIC Cash Value Voucher Redemption Behavior in Jefferson County, Alabama, and Its Association With Fruit and Vegetable ConsumptionAmerican Journal of Health Promotion.  32:325-333. 2018
    2018 Assessment of the nutrition environment in rural counties in the Deep SouthJournal of Nutritional Science.  7. 2018
    2017 Weight loss and improved metabolic outcomes amongst rural African American women in the Deep South: six-month outcomes from a community-based randomized trialJournal of Internal Medicine.  282:102-113. 2017
    2017 Lower depression scores associated with greater weight loss among rural black women in a behavioral weight loss programTranslational Behavioral Medicine.  7:320-329. 2017
    2017 Perceived Barriers and Facilitators of Farm-to-Consumer Retail Outlet Use Among Participants of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in AlabamaJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.  12:237-250. 2017
    2017 Meal Timing and Frequency: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart AssociationCirculation.  135:e96-e121. 2017
    2017 Inferior outcomes for black children with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia and the impact of socioeconomic variablesPediatric Blood and Cancer.  64:267-274. 2017
    2017 The 2016 Active Living Research Conference: Equity in active livingPreventive Medicine.  95:S1-S3. 2017
    2017 Longitudinal Analysis Of Nut-Inclusive Diets And Body Mass Index Among Overweight And Obese African American Women Living In Rural Alabama And Mississippi, 2011–2013 2017
    2016 Nut Intake among overweight and obese african-American women in the rural SouthAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  40:585-593. 2016
    2016 Farm-to-consumer retail outlet use, fruit and vegetable intake, and obesity status among WIC program participants in AlabamaAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  40:446-454. 2016
    2016 The Activity Support Scale for Multiple Groups (ACTS-MG): Child-reported Physical Activity Parenting in African American and Non-Hispanic White Families 2016
    2016 Rural active living: A call to actionJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  22:E11-E20. 2016
    2015 Does Short Sleep Lead to Obesity Among Children and Adolescents? Current Understanding and ImplicationsAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.  9:428-437. 2015
    2015 Shifting community-based participatory infrastructure from education/outreach to research: Challenges and solutionsProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.  9:33-39. 2015
    2015 Feasibility, acceptability, and characteristics associated with adherence and completion of a culturally relevant internet-enhanced physical activity pilot intervention for overweight and obese young adult African American women enrolled in collegeBMC Research Notes.  8. 2015
    2015 Social and cultural environment factors influencing physical activity among african-american adolescentsJournal of Adolescent Health.  56:536-542. 2015
    2015 Cultural beliefs and physical activity among African-American adolescentsAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  39:284-293. 2015
    2015 A study of the relationship between food group recommendations and perceived stress: Findings from black women in the deep southJournal of Obesity.  2015. 2015
    2014 Assessing environmental support for better health: Active living opportunity audits in rural communities in the southern United StatesPreventive Medicine.  66:28-33. 2014
    2014 Considerations for bio-specimen collection among black women residing in the rural Deep South participating in a cancer prevention studyJournal of Community Genetics.  5:257-263. 2014
    2014 Electronic health (eHealth) interventions for weight management among racial/ethnic minority adults: A systematic reviewObesity Reviews.  15:146-158. 2014
    2014 Relationship between social support and body mass index among overweight and obese African American women in the rural Deep South, 2011-2013 2014
    2013 The associations of perceived neighborhood disorder and physical activity with obesity among African American adolescentsBMC Public Health.  13. 2013
    2013 Developing an intervention to address physical activity barriers for African-American women in the deep south (USA)Women's Health.  9:301-312. 2013
    2013 What "price" means when buying food: Insights from a multisite qualitative study with Black AmericansAmerican Journal of Public Health.  103:516-522. 2013
    2013 Predictors of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in African American young adolescentsAnnals of Behavioral Medicine.  45. 2013
    2013 Caregiver perceptions of the food marketing environment of African-American 3-11-year-olds: A qualitative studyPublic Health Nutrition.  16:2231-2239. 2013
    2013 Component analysis and initial validity of the exercise fear avoidance scaleAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  37:87-95. 2013
    2012 Language, duration of United States residency, and leisure time physical activity among women from the third national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES III)Journal of Women's Health.  21:1170-1179. 2012
    2011 Healthy happy kids: Tackling childhood obesity in alabama's largest city, one after-school program at a timeChildhood Obesity.  7:240-241. 2011
    2011 Fear of physical response to exercise among overweight and obese adultsQualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.  3:174-192. 2011
    2011 Measuring parental support for children's physical activity in white and African American parents: The Activity Support Scale for Multiple Groups (ACTS-MG)Preventive Medicine.  52:39-43. 2011
    2011 Predictors of retention of African American women in a walking programAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  35:40-50. 2011
    2010 Use of the Nominal Group Technique (NGT) to understand the perceptions of the healthiness of foods associated with African AmericansEvaluation and Program Planning.  33:343-348. 2010
    2010 Is dietary fat "fattening"? a comprehensive research synthesisCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.  50:699-715. 2010
    2010 Improving access to care for African-American and Latino children and adolescents: Barriers and opportunitiesChildhood Obesity.  6:177-183. 2010
    2010 Fruit and Vegetable Pricing by Demographic Factors in the Birmingham, Alabama, Metropolitan Area, 2004-2005 2010
    2009 Design and implementation of a pilot obesity prevention program in a low-resource school: Lessons learned and research recommendationsHealth Education.  109:66-85. 2009
    2009 Ten putative contributors to the obesity epidemicCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.  49:868-913. 2009
    2008 School-based obesity treatment and prevention programs: All in all, just another brick in the wall?International Journal of Obesity.  32:1747-1751. 2008
    2008 Indulgent feeding style and children's weight status in preschoolJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  29:403-410. 2008
    2007 Racial influences associated with weight-related beliefs in African American and Caucasian women 2007
    2007 Church-based health promotion interventions: Evidence and lessons learnedAnnual Review of Public Health.  28:213-234. 2007
    2007 Toward the reduction of population obesity: Macrolevel environmental approaches to the problems of food, eating, and obesityPsychological Bulletin.  133:205-226. 2007
    2007 The impact of cost on the availability of fruits and vegetables in the homes of schoolchildren in Birmingham, AlabamaAmerican Journal of Public Health.  97:367-372. 2007
    2006 Putative contributors to the secular increase in obesity: Exploring the roads less traveledInternational Journal of Obesity.  30:1585-1594. 2006
    2005 Introduction to the special supplement: prevention with persons living with HIV. 2005
    2005 National prevalence of obesity: Prevalence of obesity in the United StatesObesity Reviews.  6:5-7. 2005
    2005 Introduction to the special supplement: Prevention with persons living with HIV 2005
    2005 Results of go girls: A weight control program for overweight African-American adolescent femalesObesity.  13:1739-1748. 2005
    2004 Transition to adult care for adolescents with sickle cell disease: Results of a national surveyInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health.  16:47-64. 2004
    2001 Conducting health interventions in Black Churches: A model for building effective partnerships 2001
    2001 Obesity intervention among African-American children and adolescentsPediatric Clinics of North America.  48:1027-1039. 2001
    2000 The efficacy of a pilot family psychoeducational intervention for pediatric Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) 2000
    1999 Career development of black males: Case studiesJournal of Career Development.  25:161-171. 1999
    1998 Positive and negative supervisory experiences reported by counseling trainees.Psychological Reports.  82:762. 1998
    1998 Psychosocial Considerations in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD): The Transition from Adolescence to Young AdulthoodJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.  5:315-341. 1998


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    2015 Understanding and addressing racial/ethnic disparities in obesity.  247-265. 2015
    2008 Motivational Interviewing in Health Promotion and Behavioral Medicine.  457-476. 2008
    2004 Public health: Career opportunities for psychologists in public health.  241-256. 2004

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Georgia State University 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Emory University 1992
  • Full Name

  • Monica Baskin