Steering Committee


MHRC Directors

Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH
Director, UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, UAB School of Medicine
Professor and Director, Division of Preventive Medicine 
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Edward E. Partridge, MD
Co-Director, UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
Director, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Committee Members

Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Co-Leader, Community Outreach Program
Professor of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine 
University of Alabama at Birmingham

David D. Chaplin, MD, PhD
Co-Leader, Training Program
Associate Dean for Faculty Development; Professor, Department of Microbiology 
University of Alabama at Birmingham  

William C. Cockerham, PhD 
Leader, Social Determinants of Health Measurements Core
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
University of Alabama at Birmingham  

Bruce Korf, MD, PhD 
Co-Leader, Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research Core
Professor and Chairman, Office of Genetics
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Darlene Higgins, MA
Leader, Recruitment & Retention Core
Division of Preventive Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Keith A. (Tony) Jones, MD  
Co-Leader, Training Program
Professor, Chair and Alfred Habeeb Endowed Chair, Department of Anesthesiology‚Ä®
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN 
Co-Leader, Research Program
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, School of Nursing
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Cynthia Ryan, PhD 
Co-Leader, Community Outreach Program
Associate Professor, Department of English; Director, English Internship Program
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Isabel Scarinci, PhD, MPH 
Co-Leader, Training Program
Professor and Associate Director for Faculty Development & Education,  Division of Preventive Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

John Stone, MD, PhD
Co-Leader, Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Research Core
Professor, Center for Health Policy and Ethics
Creighton University

Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD
Co-Leader, Research Program
Professor and L.R. Jordan Chair of Health Administration, School of Health Professions
University of Alabama at Birmingham

MHRC Management Team

Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH
Director, UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center

Maria C. Norena, BSocSci
Associate Director, Strategy & Innovation

Susan J. Driggers
Director of Marketing and Communications

Research Program

Gabriela Oates, PhD
Director of Research

Training Program


Ann Smith, MPH
Director of Training

Dawn Fizer
Administrator, Training



Community Outreach

Joanice Thompson
Associate Director of Community Outreach
Associate Director, UAB HealthSmart

Bianca Hawk, MSW, MP
Program Manager, Community Outreach

Tiffany Osborn
Coordinator, Community Outreach

Community Outreach - UAB HealthSmart

Robert Adam Britt, RD, LD

Operations Manager, UAB HealthSmart
Nutritionist, UAB HeathSmart

Julie Sears, BSN, RNC, CDE
Wellness Nurse, UAB HealthSmart

Nicolas Ibanez
Exercise Specialist, UAB HealthSmart

Edna Fields
Coordinator, UAB HealthSmart

Advancement and Fundraising

Christian N. Smith
Major Gifts Officer, UAB School of Medicine