Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Austin is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH). She oversees the educational mission of the school, ensuring that all degree programs prepare students to join the public health workforce. Her office supports students throughout their time with SOPH, from recruitment, admissions, and enrollment to academic advising and career planning.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022 "It's behaviors, not identity": Attitudes and beliefs related to HIV risk and pre-exposure prophylaxis among transgender women in the Southeastern United StatesPLoS ONE.  17. 2022
    2022 What do Veterans with homeless experience want us to know that we are not asking? A qualitative content analysis of comments from a national survey of healthcare experience 2022
    2021 Characteristics Associated With Unsheltered Status Among VeteransAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  61:357-368. 2021
    2021 Comparison of patient experience between primary care settings tailored for homeless clientele and mainstream care settingsMedical Care.  59:495-503. 2021
    2021 Perceptions of care coordination among homeless veterans receiving medical care in the veterans health administration and community care settings results from a national surveyMedical Care.  59:504-512. 2021
    2021 Building Cultural Competency among Emerging Public Health Professionals: Student Experiences in Panama 2021
    2021 Enhancing Primary Care Experiences for Homeless Patients with Serious Mental Illness: Results from a National SurveyJournal of Primary Care and Community Health.  12. 2021
    2020 Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Transgender Persons: A Systematic ReviewTransgender Health.  5:90-103. 2020
    2020 Exploring Quality of Primary Care for Patients Who Experience Homelessness and the Clinicians Who Serve Them: What Are Their Aspirations?Qualitative Health Research.  30:865-879. 2020
    2020 Prevalence of and Risk Factors Associated With Nonfatal Overdose Among Veterans Who Have Experienced HomelessnessJAMA Network Open.  3:e201190. 2020
    2019 Applying the Housing First approach to single-site permanent supportive housingJournal of Social Distress and the Homeless.  28:24-33. 2019
    2019 Veterans' Assignment to Single-Site Versus Scattered- Site Permanent Supportive Housing 2019
    2018 Do young black men who have sex with men in the deep south prefer traditional over alternative STI testing?PLoS ONE.  13. 2018
    2018 Is There a Continuum of Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections among African American Women?Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  45:e20-e22. 2018
    2017 Housing first on a large scale: Fidelity strengths and challenges in the VA's HUD-VASH programPsychological Services.  14:118-128. 2017
    2017 Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk among Women Is Not Fully Explained by Partner NumbersSouthern Medical Journal.  110:161-167. 2017
    2017 Sexual orientation and sexual health services utilization among women in the United StatesPreventive Medicine.  95:74-81. 2017
    2016 Ethnographic Observation of a Housing First Approach to Case Management at Four VA Medical Centers.Psychiatric Services.  67:1384-1385. 2016
    2016 Sexual Orientation and Sexual and Reproductive Health among African American Sexual Minority Women in the U.S. SouthWomen's Health Issues.  26:612-621. 2016
    2016 Chlamydia trachomatis infection in African American women who exclusively have sex with womenInternational Journal of STD and AIDS.  27:978-983. 2016
    2016 Substance use among persons with homeless experience in primary careSubstance Abuse.  37:534-541. 2016
    2016 Trichomonas vaginalis Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing at an Urban HIV ClinicSexually Transmitted Diseases.  43:483-488. 2016
    2016 Priorities in the primary care of persons experiencing homelessness: Convergence and divergence in the views of patients and provider/expertsPatient Preference and Adherence.  10:153-158. 2016
    2015 Housing first and the risk of failure: A comment on Westermeyer and Lee (2013)Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.  203:559-562. 2015
    2015 Experience of primary care among homeless individuals with mental health conditionsPLoS ONE.  10. 2015
    2014 Making Housing First Happen: Organizational Leadership in VA’s Expansion of Permanent Supportive HousingJournal of General Internal Medicine.  29:835-844. 2014
    2014 Added benefit of nucleic acid amplification testing for the diagnosis of Trichomonas vaginalis among men and women attending a sexually transmitted diseases clinicClinical Infectious Diseases.  59:834-841. 2014
    2014 Timing and momentum in VA's path toward housing first: In replyPsychiatric Services.  65:836-837. 2014
    2014 VA's expansion of supportive housing: Successes and challenges on the path toward housing firstPsychiatric Services.  65:641-647. 2014
    2014 Development of the primary care quality-homeless (PCQ-H) instrument: A practical survey of homeless patients' experiences in primary careMedical Care.  52:734-742. 2014
    2014 Families of choice and noncollegiate sororities and fraternities among lesbian and bisexual african-American women in a southern community: Implications for sexual and reproductive health researchSexual Health.  11:24-30. 2014
    2014 Lack of evidence for sexual transmission of genital Candida species among women who have sex with women: A mixed methods studySexually Transmitted Infections.  90:165-170. 2014
    2014 Lower sexually transmissible infection prevalence among lifetime exclusive women who have sex with women compared with women who have sex with women and menSexual Health.  11:592-593. 2014
    2014 Sexual partnership characteristics of African American women who have sex with women; impact on sexually transmitted infection riskSexually Transmitted Diseases.  41:611-617. 2014
    2013 Comparing homeless persons' care experiences in tailored versus nontailored primary care programsAmerican Journal of Public Health.  103. 2013
    2013 Bacterial vaginosis among African American women who have sex with womenSexually Transmitted Diseases.  40:751-755. 2013
    2013 Trichomonas vaginalis infection among women receiving gynaecological care at an Alabama HIV ClinicSexually Transmitted Infections.  89:514-518. 2013
    2013 Sexual behaviors, perception of sexually transmitted infection risk, and practice of safe sex among southern african american women who have sex with womenSexually Transmitted Diseases.  40:395-400. 2013
    2013 Misperceptions regarding protective barrier method use for safer sex among African-American women who have sex with womenSexual Health.  10:138-141. 2013
    2013 Sexual Orientation Disclosure to Health Care Providers Among Urban and Non-Urban Southern Lesbians 2013
    2013 Suicide Ideation and Suicide Attempts Among White Southern LesbiansJournal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.  17:4-20. 2013
    2012 Sexual Orientation, Partnership Formation, and Substance Use in the Transition to Adulthood 2012
    2010 Health Behaviors and Health Care Utilization of Southern LesbiansWomen's Health Issues.  20:178-184. 2010
    2010 Sexual Orientation, Parental Support, and Health During the Transition to Young Adulthood 2010
    2010 Age differences in the correlates of problematic alcohol use among Southern Lesbians 2010
    2008 Ethnic Differences in the Correlates of Mental Distress Among Homeless WomenWomen's Health Issues.  18:26-34. 2008
    2006 Correlates of HIV-related stigma among HIV-positive mothers and their uninfected adolescent children 2006
    2005 Women’s STD prevention and detection practices: The specificity of social location.Race, Gender, Class.  12:59-81. 2005

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Austin is a social scientist whose research focuses on the health of marginalized populations, including LGBT-identified people living in the South, people at risk for or living with HIV, and people experiencing homelessness. She combines her training in survey methodology (MA in Applied Social Research, University of Michigan), sociology (PhD, University of Virginia), and public health (MPH, University of Florida) to design and conduct methodologically rigorous studies of health disparities. She joined the Department of Biostatistics in 2015 as a teaching faculty member, focusing on introductory Biostatistics and Quantitative Methods courses for undergraduate and master’s students.
  • Teaching Activities

  • BST601 - Biostatistics (Fall Term 2015)
  • BST601 - Biostatistics (Fall Term 2016)
  • BST601 - Biostatistics (Fall Term 2017)
  • BST601 - Biostatistics (Summer Term 2016)
  • BST601Q - Biostatistics (Spring Term 2016)
  • BST601Q - Biostatistics (Spring Term 2017)
  • BST601Q - Biostatistics (Spring Term 2018)
  • BST601Q - Biostatistics (Summer Term 2017)
  • BST601Q - Biostatistics (Summer Term 2018)
  • BST601Q - Biostatistics Online (Summer Term 2019)
  • BST790 - DrPH Practicum (Spring Term 2022)
  • DENT1110 - Dentistry & Culture (Fall Term 2015)
  • PUH250 - Biostatistics (Fall Term 2015)
  • PUH250 - Biostatistics (Fall Term 2016)
  • PUH250 - Biostatistics (Fall Term 2017)
  • PUH250 - Biostatistics (Spring Term 2016)
  • PUH250 - Biostatistics (Spring Term 2017)
  • PUH250 - Biostatistics (Spring Term 2018)
  • PUH292 - Seminars in Public Health (Fall Term 2019)
  • PUH292 - Seminars in Public Health (Fall Term 2020)
  • PUH292 - Seminars in Public Health (Spring Term 2020)
  • PUH292 - Seminars in Public Health (Spring Term 2021)
  • PUH491 - Directed Study (Summer Term 2018)
  • PUH494 - Internship/Fieldwork (Fall Term 2021)
  • PUH494 - Internship/Fieldwork (Summer Term 2021)
  • PUH495 - PUH Capstone Experience (Summer Term 2019)
  • PUH498 - Undergraduate Research (Fall Term 2018)
  • PUH498 - Undergraduate Research (Fall Term 2018)
  • PUH601 - This is Public Health (Fall Term 2020)
  • PUH601 - This is Public Health (Spring Term 2021)
  • PUH603 - Quantitative Methods in PH (Fall Term 2020)
  • PUH603 - Quantitative Methods in PH (Fall Term 2021)
  • PUH603 - Quantitative Methods in PH (Spring Term 2021)
  • PUH603 - Quantitative Methods in PH (Spring Term 2022)
  • PUH690 - Special Topics Public Health (Spring Term 2021)
  • PUH690 - Special Topics Public Health (Summer Term 2020)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Fall Term 2018)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Fall Term 2020)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Spring Term 2018)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Spring Term 2019)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Spring Term 2020)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Spring Term 2020)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Spring Term 2021)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Summer Term 2018)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Summer Term 2018)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Summer Term 2020)
  • PUH697 - Practice Placement (Summer Term 2021)
  • PUH697Q - Internship Online (Fall Term 2018)
  • PUH697Q - Internship Online (Fall Term 2019)
  • PUH697Q - Internship Online (Fall Term 2019)
  • PUH697Q - Internship Online (Summer Term 2018)
  • PUH697Q - Internship Online (Summer Term 2019)
  • PUH697Q - Internship Online (Summer Term 2020)
  • SOC135 - Human Sexuality (Fall Term 2007)
  • SOC135 - Human Sexuality (Fall Term 2008)
  • SOC220 - Changing Gender Roles (Spring Term 2008)
  • SOC220 - Changing Gender Roles (Spring Term 2009)
  • SOC220 - Changing Gender Roles (Spring Term 2010)
  • SOC220 - Changing Gender Roles (Spring Term 2011)
  • SOC240 - Family Conflict and Violence (Fall Term 2010)
  • SOC335 - Sexual Identity and Diversity (Fall Term 2009)
  • SOC335 - Sexual Identity and Diversity (Fall Term 2010)
  • SOC400 - Research Methods (Summer Term 2010)
  • SOC400L - Research Methods Lab (Summer Term 2010)
  • SOC410 - Social Statistics (Fall Term 2007)
  • SOC410 - Social Statistics (Fall Term 2008)
  • SOC410 - Social Statistics (Fall Term 2009)
  • SOC410 - Social Statistics (Fall Term 2010)
  • SOC410L - Social Statistics Lab (Fall Term 2007)
  • SOC410L - Social Statistics Lab (Fall Term 2008)
  • SOC410L - Social Statistics Lab (Fall Term 2009)
  • SOC410L - Social Statistics Lab (Fall Term 2010)
  • SOC410L - Social Statistics Lab (Fall Term 2010)
  • SOC489 - The Research Experience (Summer Term 2011)
  • SOC489L - Research Experience Lab (Summer Term 2011)
  • SOC702 - Profession of Sociology (Summer Term 2010)
  • SOC702 - Profession of Sociology (Summer Term 2011)
  • SOC703 - Advanced Statistics (Spring Term 2008)
  • SOC703 - Advanced Statistics (Spring Term 2009)
  • SOC703 - Advanced Statistics (Spring Term 2010)
  • SOC703 - Advanced Statistics (Spring Term 2011)
  • SW321 - Stats for Social Work Res (Fall Term 2010)
  • SW321 - Stats for Social Work Res (Fall Term 2014)
  • SW321L - Stats for Social Work Lab (Fall Term 2010)
  • SW321L - Stats for Social Work Lab (Fall Term 2010)
  • WS280 - Spec Topics in Women's Studies (Spring Term 2009)
  • Education And Training

  • University of California Los Angeles, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Virginia 2004
  • Full Name

  • Erika Austin