• Dr. Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He serves as the Director of Occupational Medicine at The Workplace at UAB Highlands. He is a graduate of the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He also completed his Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency at USUHS and is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from USUHS. He is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) and is nationally certified as a DOT Medical Examiner by the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

    Dr. Bell served in the U.S. Army for almost 30 years and held a variety of leadership, clinical, academic, and scientific positions in the Medical Corps, Field Artillery, and Military Intelligence. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. His research and clinical interests include the epidemiology of depression, PTSD, and suicide among Soldiers; medical fitness for duty in extreme environments; medical treatment for exposures to chemical and biological weapons; disaster response; workplace wellness; social determinants of health; global health; and post traumatic growth.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2015 A mixed methods epidemiological investigation of preventable deaths among U.S. Army soldiers assigned to a rehabilitative warrior transition unitWORK.  50:21-36. 2015
    2013 Combat Exposure, Unit Cohesion, and Demographic Characteristics of Soldiers Reporting Posttraumatic Growth 2013
    2013 The association between combat exposure and negative behavioral and psychiatric conditionsJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease.  201:572-578. 2013
    2013 The association between U.S. Army enlistment waivers and subsequent behavioral and social health outcomes and attrition from service 2013
    2013 Risk factors associated with suicide in current and former US military personnel 2013
    2012 Interaction of combat exposure and unit cohesion in predicting suicide-related ideation among post-deployment soldiersSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.  42:486-494. 2012
    2012 Factors Associated With Physical Aggression Among US Army SoldiersAggressive Behavior.  38:357-367. 2012
    2012 An epidemiologic investigation of homicides at Fort Carson, Colorado: Summary of findings 2012
    2011 The association between deployment-related posttraumatic growth among U.S. army soldiers and negative behavioral health conditionsJournal of Clinical Psychology.  67:1151-1160. 2011
    2011 Combat Stressors Predicting Perceived Stress Among Previously Deployed SoldiersMilitary Psychology.  23:573-586. 2011
    2011 Prevalence and risk factors associated with suicides of Army soldiers 2001-2009Military Psychology.  23:433-451. 2011
    2003 Breastfeeding in the Military: Part I. Information and Resources Provided to Service Women 2003
    2003 Breastfeeding in the Military: Part II. Resource and Policy Considerations 2003

    Research Overview

  • Fitness for Duty in Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) Environments; Evaluation of the Risk of Sudden Incapacitation; Toxicology; Military Behavioral Health Epidemiology; Disaster Response; Chemical Casualty Care; Global Health; Workplace Wellness; Post Traumatic Growth
  • Education And Training

  • Master of Public Health, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 2001
  • Doctor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Syracuse University 1993
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Management Science, University of Alabama 1985
  • Full Name

  • Michael Bell