GS: Where are you from?
ND: Reno, NV

GS: What degree will you receive and when?
ND: PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion, August 2009

GS: How long have you been at UAB?
ND: 3 years (since Fall of 2006)

GS: What is your research? 
ND: Broadly speaking, my research focuses on reproductive health issues; my dissertation explores fertility desires among mothers living with HIV

GS: What made you choose UAB for your graduate studies?
ND: Because of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the region (unfortunately), the southern US was the ideal place given my interests in HIV/AIDS related research and programs. UAB has a long-standing history of excellence in the area of HIV. The fellowship also didn't hurt!

GS: Have you received any awards or honors?
ND: I came to UAB as a Graduate Trainee Fellow in 2006 and also received a scholarship from Tylenol in 2008.

GS: What has been your most rewarding experience at UAB?
ND: Meeting and working with others toward a number of common goals—during my time at UAB, I have met wonderful friends and colleagues with whom I will likely continue to collaborate for many, many years. 

GS: Who was your greatest influence here at UAB and why?
ND: I have had too many influences at UAB--ranging from fellow students, faculty members, and support staff--to name a single most influential person. Collectively they have all challenged me to grow professionally and personally. I am grateful to my academic mentors, Dr. Diane Grimley and Dr. Susan Davies, for their support. 

GS: What is your motivation in your academics/research?
ND: For me, public health has always been an avenue for empowering individuals and communities to reach their highest potential—I can’t think of a better motivation than that. 

GS: What are your plans after graduating and for the future?
ND: I plan to continue to teach, conduct research, and develop, implement and evaluate programs designed to improve the health of vulnerable populations, likely in an academic or non-profit setting; however, the exact location is yet to be determined. 

What’s Natalie’s advice to other graduate students?
Try to enjoy the ride; it will be over soon enough….

Graduate School News

This week in UAB Graduate School: Feb. 1-7, 2016

This Week 75pxHere's what is happening this week at UAB for graduate students and/or postdocs. If you have an event to add for this week or future "this week" blog posts, email juliemck@uab.edu. Read more ...

Free workshops for the savvy graduate student

PDP logoThree free Accelerate Your Dissertation workshops and two free Demystify the Institutional Review Board (IRB) workshops are planned for spring 2016. Read more ...

Postdoc Office plans career seminar, research day and mentor week

phd comic cropUAB's Office of Postdoctoral Education has several exciting events planned for the spring 2016 semester. Make room in your calendar! Read more ...
GET INVOLVED