UAB Center for Study of Community Health

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    Andrea Cherrington, Scientist (C)

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    Andrew Duxbury, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Andrzej Kulczycki Ph.D., Scientist (C)

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    Bertha Hidalgo, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Connie White-Williams, Associate Scientist (C)

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

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    David Batey, Associate Scientist (C)

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    David Schwebel, Senior Scientist (C)

    David C. Schwebel has published over 350 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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    DeReef Jamison, Scientist (C)

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    Dione King, Associate Scientist (C)

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

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    Elizabeth Kitchin, Associate Scientist (C)

    Beth Kitchin earned her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and her master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Foods from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. She earned her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion in UAB’s School of Public Health. Beth is presently an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences where she teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses. She is also the director of the UAB Minor in Nut...

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    Emily Levitan, Scientist (C)

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    George Howard, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Gregg Gilbert, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Isabel Scarinci-Searles, Senior Scientist (C)

    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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    Janet Turan, Scientist (C)

    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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    Jeffery Walker, Senior Scientist (C)

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

    Dr. José R. Fernández is a Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Dr. Fernández obtained his Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University, training in genetics of complex traits under the advisory of Dr. Gerald McClearn and working with the three most commonly used models for genetic research: fruit flies, mice, and humans. He continued his academic training at the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University as a post-docto...

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

    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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    Julie Preskitt, Associate Scientist (C)

    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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    Karen Kennedy, Senior Scientist (C)

    Currently, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing in the Collat School of Business (CSOB) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Kennedy had over 10 years of marketing management experience prior to earning her PhD. from the University of South Florida, an M.B.A. from Georgia State University, and an M.S. from Florida State University (US). As Sr Associate Dean, Dr. Kennedy leads work in academic programs both at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as Professional E...

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

    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 have also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Clinical and Molecular Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health...

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    Laura Vogtle, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Laurel Hitchcock, Associate Scientist (C)

    Laurel Iverson Hitchcock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her Ph.D. 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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    Lisa McCormick, Associate Scientist (C)

    Dr. Lisa C. McCormick (DrPH, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BS, University of Southern Mississippi) is a 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 Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control, the Lead Evaluator for the Region IV Public Health Training Cent...

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

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    Magdalena Szaflarski, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Marcela Frazier, Scientist (C)

    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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    Mark Swanson, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Martha Wingate, Scientist (C)

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

    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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    Patricia Drentea, Scientist (C)

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    Peter Ginter, Senior Scientist (C)

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

    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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    Robin Lanzi, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Stacy Moak, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Stefan Kertesz, Scientist (C)

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    Stephen Yoder, Associate Scientist (C)

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    Stephenie Wallace, Scientist (C)

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    Sue S Feldman, Scientist (C)

    Sue Feldman is a Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Health Informatics in Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She teaches in the Clinical Informatics program, the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, and in the PhD program. She has a dual appointment in the School of Medicine, where she is a Senior Scientist in the Informatics Institute, and is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Community Heal...

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    Suzanne Judd, Scientist (C)

    Dr. Suzanne Judd is the Director of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her PhD in Nutrition Sciences from Emory University where she led two vitamin D clinical trials. Dr. Judd is multiple PI on both the REGARDS and RURAL cohort studies which are large NIH funded epidemiological cohort studies seeking to understand disparities in chronic disease in the United States. Her experience in...

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    Sylvie Mrug, Scientist (C)

    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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    Tina Reuter, Scientist (C)

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    Vera Bittner, Senior Scientist (C)

    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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    Virginia Howard, Senior Scientist (C)

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    Virginia Sisiopiku, Scientist (C)

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