Director and Administrator
Pauline Jolly, PhD, MPH
Professor of Public Health
Dr. Jolly received a Ph.D. in Science Education from Louisiana State University (1980) and a M.P.H. (1984) and Ph.D. (1989) in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from Johns Hopkins University. She joined the School of Public Health in 1991; she currently serves as the Director of the UAB Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program, the Director of the Doctor of Public Health Program in International Health and the Director of the Peace Corps Master's International Program for the School of Public Health. Dr. Jolly received a Faculty Award for Global Engagement, UAB International Scholar and Student Services; Distinguished Educator Award, Greater Birmingham Chapter of the United Nations Association Honorary Member, and a Golden Key International Honor Society.
Her laboratory research focuses on the mechanisms of pathogenesis of lentiviruses, especially of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), specifically in the area of immune responses to infection. Dr. Jolly also conducts research on the suppression of the immune system by aflatoxin and its effects on HIV disease progress in Ghana. In addition to her laboratory research Dr. Jolly conducts field research on the prevalence and risk factors for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly in pregnant women and STD clinic attendees in Jamaica and voluntary counseling and testing for HIV in pregnancy and adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Ghana. More recently, Dr. Jolly has been studying the genetics of hypertension among Mayans in Guatemala.
Cathy McElderry, Ph.D., MPH, L.C.S.W
Dr. Cathy Gilbert McElderry earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Alabama. She received a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Master of Social Work from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. McElderry has served on the graduate faculty of Alabama A& M University and is currently an Assistant Professor at UAB.
Dr. McElderry has a strongbackground in healthcare administration, having served in risk management and quality improvement. She is certified in risk management modules I-IV from the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management. In addition to her administrative capacities, Dr. McElderry has direct practice experience in the areas of pediatric health care and adult mental and behavioral health. Her teaching and research interests include policy, women issues, special populations, and social justice.