Midge Ray, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, has been named assistant dean for Undergraduate Honors and Research in the School of Health Professions. Ray, an instructor and associate professor in the Health Informatics and Health Administration programs, has authored more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and co-authored two manuscripts that received Distinguished Paper Awards from the American Medical Informatics Association.

Ray says her priorities for the program include increasing the School’s number of honors students and providing those students with flexible and robust experiences that enhance their college experience. Ray also plans to increase SHP’s engagement with the UAB Honors College by offering a healthcare-focused honors seminar in fall 2016.

“We have always had excellent students in the School of Health Professions and I see this as an opportunity for us to provide learning moments for those students who are intellectually curious and highly motivated,” said Ray, who is also the UAB Faculty Coordinator for the implementation of UAB Faculty Profiles.

The SHP Undergraduate Honors program includes two seminars to develop students’ leadership and scholarship skills, plus a four-hour credit honors project to complete scientific research, apply leadership principles, or engage in a service learning experience. “I really want to help the students achieve all their academic goals,” said Ray.

Ray is known for her extensive research experience and strong collaborations across UAB’s campus. Her research as an investigator includes using technology in health behavior change (tobacco cessation), and safe medication use and medication adherence in primary care practices.

Her first official day as assistant dean is July 1, 2015.