Assistant Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 639
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-1443
Fax: (205) 934-7959

Research Interests

  • obesity treatment and cancer prevention
  • health disparities
  • gut microbiota and health
  • stress and health

Educational Background

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Center for Obesity Research Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology, 2010
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, 2005
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science, Biology, 2002

Professional Activities


  • African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • The Obesity Society (TOS)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

Service to Professional Associations

  • Chair, Bio-Behavioral Research Section of The Obesity Society
  • UAB Institutional Representative, NCI-funded Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMap) (2015-present)
  • Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee, NCI-funded Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMap) (2014-2015)

In the News


  • 2015: NHLBI-funded Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engages in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) Scholar (competitive selection of applicants)
  • 2014: UAB MHRC Charles Barkley Health Disparities Investigator Award for oral presentation
  • 2013-present: NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program award recipient
  • 2013: UAB Health Disparities Research Training Program Scholar (competitive selection of applicants)
  • 2012: NHLBI Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials Fellow (competitive selection of applicants)
  • 2011: Diversity Tour Winning Abstract at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting

Current Research Projects

  • The interplay of behavior, environment, and microbiota in colorectal cancer risk (K01CA190559)