• Kristine Ria Hearld, Ph.D., is currently an associate professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Demography, and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Ria also holds a Masters of Philosophy degree from University of Cambridge. Prior to joining UAB, she worked for Medical Advantage Group in East Lansing, Michigan, where she served as a consultant and manager for a 200-member independent physician association and a 140-member physician-hospital organization.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 HIV Testing among Muslim Women in the United States: Results of a National Sample StudyHealth Equity.  5:17-22. 2021
    2020 Assessing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Prevention through Knowledge and Condom Use among Female Sex Workers at the Border of Haiti and Dominican RepublicAIDS Patient Care and STDS.  34:477-483. 2020
    2020 Female sex workers’ experiences of violence and substance use on the haitian, dominican republic borderAnnals of Global Health.  86:1-7. 2020
    2020 Human papillomavirus (HPV) and influenza vaccine behavior among Muslim women in the United StatesHealth Care for Women International.  41:532-542. 2020
    2019 Driving health behavior: The roles of personal health information use and attitudes towards health in women’s cancer screeningsJournal of Hospital Administration2019
    2019 Sex work, social support, and stigma: Experiences of transgender women in the Dominican RepublicInternational Journal of Transgenderism.  20:403-412. 2019
    2019 The Future State of Patient Engagement? Personal Health Information Use, Attitudes Towards Health, and Health BehaviorHealth Services Management Research2019
    2019 Alcohol Use, High Risk Behaviors, and Experiences of Discrimination Among Transgender Women in the Dominican Republic 2019
    2019 HIV Status and Contraceptive Utilization among Women in CameroonJournal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care.  18. 2019
    2019 Evidence that patient-centered medical homes are effective in reducing emergency department admissions for patients with depressionHealth Services Management Research.  32:26-35. 2019
    2018 Transgender Women's Experiences with Stigma, Trauma, and Attempted Suicide in the Dominican RepublicSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.  48:788-796. 2018
    2018 Correlates of interorganizational relationship strategies among critical access hospitalsHealth Care Management Review.  43:272-281. 2018
    2018 Examining the Relationship Between Individual Characteristics, Community-Level Traits, Multidimensional Empowerment, and Maternal Health Care Utilization in the Islamic Republic of PakistanMaternal and Child Health Journal.  22:1319-1326. 2018
    2018 Trends in US hospital provision of health promotion services, 1996-2014Population Health Management.  21:309-316. 2018
    2018 Magnetic work environments: Patient experience outcomes in Magnet versus non-Magnet hospitalsHealth Care Management Review2018
    2018 Muslim Women's use of contraception in the United StatesReproductive Health.  15:1. 2018
    2018 Behaviors and Risks for Cardiovascular Disease among Muslim Women in the United StatesHealth Equity.  2:264-271. 2018
    2018 Examining the relationship between individual characteristics, community-level traits, multidimensional empowerment, and maternal health care utilization in the Islamic Republic of PakistanMaternal and Child Health Journal2018
    2017 Maternal health care use by pregnant women living with HIV: Factors associated with prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care in HaitiJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  28:1452-1461. 2017
    2017 Transgender female sex workers’ HIV knowledge, experienced stigma, and condom use in the Dominican RepublicPLoS ONE.  12. 2017
    2017 Transgender Women's Drug Use in the Dominican RepublicTransgender Health.  2:188-194. 2017
    2017 Patient-Centered Medical Home Capacity and Ambulatory Care UtilizationAmerican Journal of Medical Quality.  32:508-517. 2017
    2017 Statistical Effects of Religious Participation and Marriage on Substance Use and Abuse in Racial and Ethnic MinoritiesJournal of Religion and Health.  56:1155-1169. 2017
    2017 Behavioral Engagement and Its Measurement: Improving Direct Care Patient OutcomesInnovation in Aging2017
    2017 Emergency Department wait time sharing: Do patients contribute to efficiency?Journal of Hospital Administration.  6:23-23. 2017
    2017 Explanatory Factors of Quality of Care from Cataract Patients’ PerspectivesSeminars in Ophthalmology.  32:321-325. 2017
    2017 Muslim Women's Experiences with Stigma, Abuse, and Depression: Results of a Sample Study Conducted in the United StatesJournal of Women's Health.  26:435-441. 2017
    2017 Associates of Neonatal, Infant and Child Mortality in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: A Multilevel Analysis Using the 2012–2013 Demographic and Health SurveysMaternal and Child Health Journal.  21:367-375. 2017
    2017 Condom use and HIV status: A study of sex workers engaged with the Jamaican AIDS support for life (JASL)West Indian Medical Journal.  66:132-136. 2017
    2017 Engaging patients as partners in research: Factors associated with awareness, interest, and engagement as research partners.SAGE Open Medicine.  5:2050312116686709. 2017
    2016 A comparison of younger and older men who have sex with men using data from Jamaica AIDS Support for Life: characteristics associated with HIV statusInternational Journal of STD and AIDS.  27:769-775. 2016
    2016 Bridging the GapJournal of Ambulatory Care Management.  39:209-219. 2016
    2015 Service-learning in Undergraduate Global Health Education: The Role of Team Dynamics on Civic Attitudes and SkillsInternational Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.  2. 2015
    2015 Individual and Area Level Factors Associated with Prenatal, Delivery, and Postnatal Care in PakistanMaternal and Child Health Journal.  19:2138-2146. 2015
    2015 Generalized Anxiety Disorder in racial and ethnic minorities: A case of nativity and contextual factorsJournal of Affective Disorders.  175:275-280. 2015
    2015 Panic attacks in minority Americans: The effects of alcohol abuse, tobacco smoking, and discriminationJournal of Affective Disorders.  174:106-112. 2015
    2015 Depression in Racial and Ethnic Minorities: the Impact of Nativity and DiscriminationJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  2:34-42. 2015
    2014 Community-level sociodemographic characteristics and patient-centered medical home capacityAdvances in health care management.  16:23-50. 2014
    2013 Measuring symptoms in community-dwelling older adults: The psychometric properties of a brief symptom screenMedical Care.  51:949-955. 2013
    2013 Symptom burden predicts nursing home admissions among older adultsJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  46:591-597. 2013
    2012 Symptom burden predicts hospitalization independent of comorbidity in community-dwelling older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  60:1632-1637. 2012


    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Research Findings from the American Muslim Women’s Health Project 2020
    2014 Community-Level Sociodemographic Characteristics and Patient-Centered Medical Home Capacity.  23-50. 2014
    2006 Extramarital Childbearing and the Residence of Children in Botswana 2006

    Research Overview

  • My research agenda seeks to identify behavioral interventions to improve the health of well-being of vulnerable and under-served populations that are at high risk of experiencing stigma and discrimination. Vulnerable populations I have worked with include racial minorities and immigrants, religious minorities, and sexual and gender minorities both in the United States and in International Settings. I teach Data Analytics (Undergraduate, Masters, Doctoral levels), Research Methods, and Global/Comparative Health.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Data Analytics, Research Methods, Global Health
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Demography and Population Studies, University of Pennsylvania 2003
  • Master of Arts in Demography and Population Studies, University of Pennsylvania 2001
  • Master of Social or Behavioral Sciences in Anthropology, University of Cambridge 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania 1996
  • Full Name

  • Kristine Hearld