April 05, 2018

Submit evaluations for Public Health dean candidates by April 27

David Schwebel INSIDeDavid Schwebel, Ph.D.

The public presentations are complete and feedback for the four candidates is being accepted through April 30. Read about them here or review their CVs online and complete the evaluation forms at uab.edu/humanresources/executivesearch.

David Schwebel, Ph.D., University Professor of psychology and associate dean for Research in UAB College of Arts and Sciences was the final candidate for the dean of the School of Public Health to make a public presentation April 26. Submit an evaluation online.

Schwebel, who earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa, a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, a Fulbright Award winner, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

The director of UAB’s Youth Safety Lab, he has published more than 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children, adolescents and young adults.

He is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and his research has been funded by NIH, CDC, DOT and other federal, non-profit and industry groups.

At UAB, Schwebel is the winner of the 2013 Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction, and he received the Provost’s Award for Faculty excellence in Academic engagement and Global Citizenship in 2014.


Jeroan AllisonJeroan Allison, M.D.Jeroan Allison, M.D., vice chair of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences and associate vice provost for Health Disparities Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, delivered his public presentation April 24. Submit an evaluation online.

Dr. Allison, who earned his medical degree at UAB and then a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, is committed to the emerging field of health equity research and has a particular interest in narrative intervention, or storytelling.

In recent years, his global work extended to include collaborations with Charutar Arogya Mandal, a charity-based, rural tertiary hospital in Gujarat, India, and the Vietnam Ministry of Health.

Allison has maintained continuous extramural funding for more than 20 years, receiving support from such sources as NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

He is co-editor-in-chief of Medical Care, a leading journal in the field of health services research sponsored by the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association.



Monica Baskin INSIDEMonica Baskin, Ph.D.

Monica Baskin, Ph.D., professor of Preventive Medicine and vice chair for Culture and Diversity in the Department of Medicine, is the second of four candidates for the dean of the School of Public Health. She delivered her presentation April 20. Submit an evaluation online.

Baskin, who earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Georgia State University and is a licensed professional psychologist, also holds a secondary faculty appointment in UAB’s School of Health Professions.

She has led extensive research to reduce health disparities in the Deep South by addressing individual, family and environmental factors associated with health promotion. Locally, she led a collaborative team that investigated the impact of social determinants of health on outcomes such as life expectancy and infant mortality across census tracks in Jefferson County. This work helped to shape public health priorities to improve community health in the county and led to her appointment as chair of the Advancing Health Equity priority group of the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership.

Her professional leadership includes membership on the executive board of directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the external advisory panel for the National Cancer Institute Rural Cancer Control Research program. She also is a member of the inaugural RWJF Culture of Health Leaders Program.

Paul Campbell ErwinPaul Campbell Erwin

Paul Campbell Erwin, M.D., DrPH, professor and head of the Department of Public Health in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was the first candidate to present April 13. Submit an evaluation online.

Dr. Erwin, who earned his medical degree at UAB School of Medicine and a doctorate in public health at UNC Chapel Hill, is certified in internal medicine, public health and preventive medicine and a leader in establishing formal Academic Health Department collaboratives with public health practice partners.

Erwin’s research interests include evidence-based public health and health disparities, particularly in rural areas, and prior to joining the UT faculty, he was director of the East Tennessee Regional Health Office for the state department of public health, overseeing 15 county health departments, most in Appalachia.

He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health and a member of the editorial boards for MEDICC Review (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba) and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Review the position criteria, candidate CVs, provide feedback and learn more about the search process on UAB's executive search website.