Baskin MonicaProfessor – Div of Preventive Medicine
Vice Chair for Culture and Diversity – Department of Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 618
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 975-5704
Fax: (205) 934-7959

Research Interests

  • Culturally-relevant behavioral interventions for:
    (1) cancer prevention and control
    (2) obesity prevention and treatment
  • Minority health and health disparities
  • Community-based Participatory Research
  • Intersection of health and place

Educational Background

  • Emory University School of Medicine, Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2000
  • Georgia State University, Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, 1999
  • Emory University School of Medicine, Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship (APA Approved), 1998-1999
  • Georgia State University, Master of Science in Community Counseling, 1994
  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, 1992

Professional Activities (Select)


  • African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN)
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
  • The Obesity Society (TOS)

Service to Professional Associations

  • Chair, Jefferson County Collaborative for Health Equity
  • Chair, Health Action Partnership, Advancing Health Equity Priority Group
  • Journal Review Board, American Journal of Health Behavior
  • National Advisory Committee Member, Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID)
  • Planning Committee Member, Institutes of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions
  • Advisory Panel Member, Faith-Based Sector, US National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Alliance
  • Member Delegate, Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
  • Nominating Committee, International Society of Behavioral Medicine

In the News


  • 2016-2019, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Leader
  • 2017 Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • 2016 Max Cooper Award for Excellence in Research, UAB Department of Medicine
  • 2013 Rural Health Heroes Award, The University of Alabama Institute for Rural Health Research
  • 2012 The Obesity Society Diversity Tour Abstract Winner
  • 2007 Jefferson County Health Department Public Health Hero Award
  • 2005 UAB Minority Health and Research Center, Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Award
  • 2005 UAB Clinical Nutrition Research Center Named New Investigator Award
  • 2002-2006 National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar Award

Current Research Projects

  • Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research, Research Project 1 (Determinants of Gestational Weight gain in Overweight Women in the Deep South) – U54MD008176
  • Promoting Weight Loss in African American Cancer Survivors in the Deep South - R01 CA160313-01A1
  • Mid-South Transdiciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research, Research Project 1 (Determinants of Gestational Weight gain in Overweight Women in the Deep South) - U54MD008176
  • My Mommy and Me: A Head Start to Reducing Health Disparities - R24 MD008102
  • The Role of Obesity in Maternal and Child Health Disparities in Jefferson County - R13HD077085