Dr. Dina Avery is an Assistant Professor and Director of Research Operations for the UAB School of Nursing, Office of Research and Scholarship. Dr. Avery also has an appointment as an Associate Scientist within the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center. She is Chair of the Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Coalition for the Alabama Department of Public Health (2020-2022). Dr. Avery is the first, elected African American to serve a 2- year term on the Global Board of Directors for the Association of Graduate Regulatory Educators (2021-2023).
Dr. Avery received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Montevallo (Sociology/Family & Child Studies). Dr. Avery also holds a Master of Arts (Health Studies) from the University of Alabama and a Master of Education (Adult Education) from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Arts (Applied Sociology) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Avery completed a Doctorate of Health Science with a concentration in Global Health from A. T. Still University, School of Health Science.
Dr. Avery has professional experience with clinical research, health disparities research, community based participatory research, regulatory/compliance and program management in the areas of cardiovascular surgery, ophthalmology, neurology, preventive medicine and oncology. She has worked with underserved populations across Alabama’s Black Belt and the Mid-South region. While at the Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, she was in charge of the day-to-day management of the breast tissue banking operations for three hospitals and was instrumental in working with a team to develop a new bio-banking infrastructure by enhancing the processes and web-based applications (LIMS & Subject Registry). In less than 1 year, she successfully strategized a plan that significantly increased the collection rate of blood and tissue samples from breast cancer patients for the biorepository. Dr. Avery was awarded funding in the areas of postpartum associated breast cancer disparities and triple-negative breast cancer disparities.
Due to her success with biobanking, she now speaks internationally on best practices related to setting up biobanking research infrastructures.
Dr. Avery is a past faculty member with the UAB Biotechnology program located at the UAB School of Health Professions. While there, she was instrumental in developing HBCU partnerships and increasing enrollment for the Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs program. She previously served as Faculty Advisor for the UAB Graduate Career Awareness and Trends (GCAT).
Outside of UAB, Dr. Avery produces documentary films and spends quality time with family. She is the author of "Jumping the Train: An Extraordinary True Story."