Social Work Faculty
David Pollio, Ph.D.
Dr. Pollio comes to UAB from the University of Alabama, where he served as the Hill Crest Endowed Chair in Mental Health in the School of Social Work. Pollio is a senior scientist for the Center for AIDS Research in the UAB School of Medicine. He also serves on the editorial boards for Research on Social Work Practice and Social Work with Groups. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate in psychology and social work from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Pollio’s areas of interest and expertise include mental health and addiction services as well as homelessness, runaway and street youth, evidence-based practice, and group interventions. He has an extensive list of publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous successfully funded grants and pilot projects. In addition, Pollio has a strong commitment to community service, volunteering in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
Lisa Baker, Ph.D.
Dr. Baker earned her Ph.D. in Social Work and B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and the M.S.W. from Florida International University. Dr. Baker has a clinical background in perinatal and pediatric health care social work and crisis intervention. She is Disaster Mental Health responder with the American Red Cross and is a member of the AL-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team. Dr. Baker has published in the areas of disaster preparedness, evidence-based practice, and perinatal health care.
Baker Curriculum Vitae
Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, Ph.D.
Dr. Hitchcock completed her PhD in Social Work at the University of Alabama in 2009. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (’91), a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (’96), and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama (’98). She has been a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) since 2000 and a Certified Private Independent Social Work Practitioner (PIP) since 2001. Dr. Hitchcock has over ten years of experience as a social worker in the areas of health care and community mental health. Prior to her career in social work, Dr. Hitchcock served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa (’91-’93), and as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Jefferson County Department of Public Health’s Healt hy Start Program in Birmingham, AL (’94-’95).
Dr. Hitchcock’s research and pedagogical interests include social work education, technology and social media, social welfare history and public health social work. Her dissertation research focused on the development of the federal program for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) under the US Children’s Bureau during the 1930s. One of her current research project examines the role of social media literacies in professional social work practice. In 2012, she received the SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching for her work incorporating different social media assignments into her courses. She has experience teaching the following courses: Statistics for Social Work Research, Social Work Research, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Policy, Social Work Practice with Small Groups, Communities and Organizations, Summer Harvest and Social Work in Public Health.
Jeongah Kim, Ph.D.
Dr. Kim earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the Ohio State University. Her dissertation, “A Structural Equation Modeling Analysis of the Effect of Religion on Adolescent Delinquency within an Elaborated Theoretical Model” has received two awards (the Award for Outstanding Research on Youth, Crime and Justice and the Merriss Cornell Distinguished Researcher Award). Her research agenda focuses on advancing the field's understanding of the role of risks and protective factors in initiating, shaping, and contributing to problematic outcomes such as substance abuse and HIV/AIDS and highlighting the importance of implementing research findings in social work programs and policies. She is experienced in advanced statistical methods and has published in the areas of HIV and international social welfare.
Yookyong Lee, Ph.D.
Dr. Lee earned her Ph.D. in Social Work at Columbia University and M.S.W. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on child abuse and neglect, child and family policy, fatherhood and involvement, and young parenthood and families. Dr. Lee teaches the following courses at the UAB: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Welfare History, and Statistics for Social Work Research.
Chris Walker, M.S.W.
Assistant Professor, Director of Field Education
Chris D. Walker has been a Licensed Certified Social Worker since 1984 and is the B.S.W. Field Director. She received both a BSSW 1976 in Social Welfare and MSW 1978 from the University of Alabama. Her interests include child welfare, grant writing, staff training, and disaster relief.
Walker Curriculum Vitae