Dr. Budhwani is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and the Deputy Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health. As such, she directs international public health education, specifically overseeing both the graduate certificate and undergraduate track in global health and coordinating international student experiences. Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Budhwani consulted in Tanzania to evaluate medical services and in Syria to measure the impact of microfinance products. Dr. Budhwani’s research interests are in health outcomes disparities attributed to gender and ethnicity.
Dr. Kulczycki has published two books relating to international reproductive health: 1)Critical Issues in Reproductive Health. Springer Books. To be published in 2012. and 2) The Abortion Debate in the World Arena. London: Macmillan; and New York: Routledge, 1999. Dr. Kulczycki is also the Treasurer for the Research Committee on Population (RC-41) for International Sociological Association (ISA). He holds this appointment from July 2010 - 2014. He has also examined the impact of Lebanon's civil war (1975-1991) on disparities in education among the country's main religious sects as well as across various regions.
Dr. Mickey Trimm is Associate Professor of Healthcare Management at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Trimm teaches in the areas of Healthcare Strategy, Healthcare Information Technology and Operations Management. He also oversees the undergraduate internship program for the School of Health Professions. He has been involved in healthcare strategy and operational analysis for over 30 years, with experience in healthcare environments ranging from large multi-hospital systems to small, rural facilities. In addition, Dr. Trimm works in collaboration with the National Institute for Public Administration in Zambia to revise and improve healthcare management programs for the country.
Dr. Morris holds a PhD in Health Education and Promotion from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), a MS in Physical Therapy Education from UAB, and a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. Dr. Morris has conducted presentations about CI therapy around the world, collaborated on research with scientists at the University of Ulster in Belfast, and has helped conduct training programs at UAB for clinicians and researchers from all over the world.
Dr. Warren is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation Program. She is the editor of the Self Paced Clinical course: Low Vision: Occupational Therapy Intervention with the Older Adult, published by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and co-editor with Beth Barstow for the textbook: Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision from AOTA Press. She has presented numerous workshops on low vision rehabilitation and on visual perceptual dysfunction following acquired brain injury and is an internationally recognized authority in this area. Dr. Warren will be traveling to Singapore in January 2014 as a visiting expert under the National Health Care Group Oversees Expert Programme to lecture and advise physicians and rehabilitation staff at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in order to assist them with their efforts to develop a low vision rehabilitation program.
Dr. Zayzafoon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology, Director of the UAB-Center for Metabolic Bone Disease (UAB-CMBD) and Director of the International Clinical Training Program (ICTP). He went to medical school at Damascus University, Syria where he obtained his MD degree. After graduation, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Preston Hospital, Tyne & Wear, England. Dr. Zayzafoon then moved to the United States and joined the Physiology Doctoral Program at Michigan State University, where he earned his Ph.D. degree. In 2002 he moved to UAB as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Department of Pathology. Since that time he has moved rapidly through the ranks, being promoted to Associate Professor in 2009.
Dr. Ivankova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004. Her expertise is in qualitative inquiry, mixed methods research, and action research, and their applications in social and health sciences. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her empirical and methodological work in qualitative and mixed methods research. Dr. Ivankova serves on the steering committee of the Mixed Methods International Research Association. She has also served on the steering committees of the International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning, and the International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Blended Learning.
Dr. Dionne-Odom is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine. Prior to joining UAB faculty in 2013, she worked on HIV projects in Cameroon and Gabon and completed an NIH Fogarty Fellowship studying HIV and syphilis co-infection in Zambia and Rwanda. Her current global focus is in Haiti where she is part of a 5 year PEPFAR supported HIV project with Dartmouth College and GHESKIO. The goal of the project is to improve clinical care at a departmental hospital in Southern Haiti and Dr. Dionne-Odom is looking at factors influencing retention in care and maximizing the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Her research interests are in HIV, sexually transmitted infections and women’s health.
Dr. Sadeep Shrestha is a genetic epidemiologist with a focus on infectious diseases. Through collaborations with investigators nationally and internationally, Dr. Shrestha has conducted and established pioneer research in genetic epidemiology studies of i) infectious and immune related diseases, specifically with outcomes of HPV infection and pathogenesis, ii) genetic epidemiology and pharmacogenetic studies of Kawasaki Disease, and iii) atherosclerosis or coronary artery diseases in early adulthood and among HIV patients. Recently, Dr. Shrestha has also initiated a screening study of HPV with banked specimen in Nepal. He is the recipient of several awards and honors including the Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship.
Involved with didactic and clinical training of rehabilitation professionals from China. The School of Health Professions has hosted Chinese rehabilitation professionals and sent UAB professionals to train an assortment of rehabilitation specialists (physicians, therapists, and technicians) in China. The UAB team also trained community health workers and nursing home volunteers on best-practice physical therapy techniques that ranged from turning patients in their beds to basic exercises patients can do themselves.
UAB psychiatrist Tolu Aduroja maintains a close connection to his native Nigeria. Since 2011, he has returned to his hometown of Ibadan each fall to provide free health care through an organization he founded called Maternal Cords.
Dr. Marcela Frazier is originally from Medellin, Colombia. She completed a pediatric residency at The UAB School of Optometry. She became involved in health education after obtaining her Master’s degree in Public Health at UAB. She has helped produce a radio soap opera dedicated to chronic disease prevention in the Hispanic community. Her interests include amblyopia treatment, vision screenings, and vision care for Hispanic children. She is a board member and regular volunteer for Cahaba Valley Health care, a community based organization that provides access to health care to Latinos in parts of Alabama. She has lead her students on several mission trips with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) to Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
Dr. Wilson’s research has focused on promoting positive parent-infant relationships, developing and evaluating tactile interventions to reduce stress for hospitalized premature infants, evaluation of nursing educational programs, and Latino health. She is fluent in Spanish and has served as a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Chile with support from a Fulbright grant. She recently served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist consulting with nursing faculty at the University of Zambia on the development of distance education. Dr. Wilson is currently the Principal Investigator on a grant funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health to provide distance-based education for study coordinators at international sites. Her clinical preparation is in maternal child health nursing.
Dr. Wilson is also a member and coordinator of the membership committee of Partners of the Americas (POA), Alabama - Guatemala Chapter. POA was designed to promote people-to-people partnerships between the United States and Latin America/Caribbean countries.
Dr. Nalini Sathiakumar is an environmental and occupational epidemiologist and a pediatrician. Funded by industry and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), she has conducted pioneer research in occupational health, occupational cancers, and health effects of environmental exposures including heavy metals, indoor and outdoor air pollution and pesticides with a special focus on infant and early childhood neurodevelopment. In addition, she has led several NIH-funded training grants such as the International research and training in environmental and occupational health (ITREOH) program in South Asia. Under this initiative, she has trained several emerging scientists in Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan, and mentored their research. As part of this program, she spearheaded the development and implementation of competency-based Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program in Manipal University in India and the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka; the latter is the first program in the country. Dr. Sathiakumar has served as an expert for the Institute of Medicine, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, World Health Organization.etc. She is the recipient of several awards and honors including the President’s award for excellence in teaching.
In collaboration with Director of International Education and Department Chair, Ms. Celaya developed the international format of the Executive Master of Science in Health Administration. Her current responsibilities include the daily management of operations for the Executive Master of Science in Health Administration at King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. She is also responsible for planning logistics, writing and negotiating contracts, and coordinating with in-country contacts for Executive Master’s and Executive Doctoral international health system visits in at least two different countries every year. Ms. Celaya's other responsibilities include developing new international relationships and projects for the Department of Health Services Administration and organizing and executing alumni international travel opportunities. Ms. Celaya is involved in many other international activities at UAB including the Sparkman Scholars Program and the UAB Global Citizenship Committee where she represents the School of Health Professions. Outside of UAB, she served as the co-editor of the special issue on management of culture and cultural change in healthcare organizations of the European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management and is currently a Rotary Club International Service Committee member and former Ambassadorial Scholar to the UK. She holds a Master of Science in International Business from the University of Salford, England.
Mr. Wright's work has appeared in nationally and internationally competitive design annuals and compendiums such as PRINT Regional Annual, Creativity 35, New Logo World (published in Tokyo), and American Corporate Identity (2004, 2005 and 2006). One of his logos was selected to be published in Kodansha Famous Schools Creative Art Course textbook published in Japan as an "example of excellent logo concept and execution." He has also designed posters shown in competitions and exhibitions around the world including: Warsaw, Poland; Brno, the Czech Republic; Kyunggido, South Korea; the 10th International Biennial of the Poster in Mexico; the Mark X International Poster Invitational in the Republic of China; the Golden Bee 7 in Moscow, Russia; and the 56th Annual Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington Show in Washington, D.C.. He was asked by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad to submit 5 posters to the "Sailing in Qingdao Poster Annual" as part of the celebrations leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games. He also participated in the 15th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE) the premier poster exhibition in the United States and has been invited to participate in the 16th CIIPE. Recently he was awarded Honorable Mention at the 2nd International Socio-Political Poster Biennale in Auschwitz, Poland.
Dr. Mgbodile's foundation, The Maria Regina Foundation (MRF), is a non-proﬁt organization that delivers health services to the most vulnerable and poorest segments of Africa and Alabama. They also provide educational opportunities to children and adolescents. With the brief yet poignant history of the MRF, Dr. Mgbodile established a solid mission that is dedicated to mobilizing resources to empower poor communities in Africa. Education and improved access to health care services are critical in empowering people to escape the cycle of poverty and become independent. The foundation’s first education project will include summer and fall education programs for children in grades K-6. The foundation’s focus will be on increasing children’s mastery of basic reading, writing, and math skills; raising student academic expectations and self-esteem; and empowering parents to develop effective mentoring relationships with their children. For children and adolescents in grades 7-12, the focus will be on providing remedial instructions for students performing below grade level. This will help prepare these learners to take the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) and increase the odds that they will pass it. These projects highlight the foundation’s ultimate mission: “We strive to serve communities by creating schools and bolstering existing ones. We provide basic medical and mental health services to less privileged undeserved communities.”
Dr. Cormier is a cultural anthropologist who has had rather diverse research interests, but has a concentration in the study of human and wild primate interactions. Her book Kinship with Monkeys: The Guaja Foragers of Eastern Amazonia (Columbia University Press 2003), explored a hunting and gathering group's relationships with monkeys in ecological, social, and symbolic domains of their culture. For the past several years, she has been investigating host-switching in human, ape, and monkey malarias from prehistory to present, with particular emphasis on environmental changes fostering malarial proliferation in all primates since the agricultural revolution.Her latest book release centered on this topic is entitled, "The 10,000 Year Fever: The Historical Ecology of Human and Wild Primate Malarias."
Dr. Sharlach's fields are comparative politics (with a regional emphasis on Africa), international relations, and women's studies. The focus of her research is the intersection of ethnicity, gender, and political violence (particularly terrorism, torture, and genocide).
Dr. Mumford participates in archaeological excavations and surveys in Canada, USA, and the Middle East from 1985 through the present, including prehistoric and historic sites, with a particular focus on pharaonic Egypt. Beginning in 1999, directing excavations at a Late Period (ca. 664-332 BCE) port town at Tell Tebilla (East Delta) and a late Old Kingdom (ca. 2200 BCE) fort at Ras Budran in South Sinai (Egypt). Dr. Mumford's research interests are in cross-cultural relations and trade between Egypt and its neighbours, focusing on Syria-Palestine, but including Nubia, the Aegean, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia during the Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Babylonian-Persian periods (ca.3200-332 BCE). He has further interest in the late Old Kingdom through First Intermediate Period (ca. 2300-2040 BCE) and the Late Period (ca.664-332 BCE), relating to current excavation projects in Egypt. His current research focuses on the incense trade and Red Sea region in general.
Dr. Kyle is the author of “Feeding Chilapa: The birth, life, and death of a Mexican region” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), the coeditor (with Rani T. Alexander) of “Beyond the Hacienda: Agrarian relations and socioeconomic change in rural Mesoamerica” (special theme issue of Ethnohistory, 2003), and the author of several articles on economic and political aspects of rural Mexico. Dr. Kyle is currently engaged in research in two areas. The first involves the establishment of European-style towns and cities in sixteenth century New Spain (contemporary Mexico), particularly in regions where Augustinian friars established convents amid large indigenous populations. The second involves contemporary economic and political processes in southern Mexico. This work addresses the sociocultural consequences of newly enacted legislation that was designed to reorganize and strengthen the historically ineffectual Mexican legal system.
Dr. Conley is a specialist in British and Irish history and her research focuses on the social history of criminal violence. She has published three books, The Unwritten Law: Criminal Justice in Victorian Kent (Oxford, 1991); Melancholy Accidents: The Meaning of Violence in Post-Famine Ireland (Lexington Books, 1999); Certain Other Countries: Homicide, Gender and National Identity in Late Nineteenth Century England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (Ohio State University Press, 2007).
Dr. Price's music has been performed in Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the United States. His works have been featured prominently at such venues and events as the International Clarinet Association International Conference, the World Saxophone Congress, the National SEAMUS Conference, the National Society of Composers Conference, the Music Teachers National Association Conference, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Chamber Music Festival in Singapore, and the NoiseFloor Festival in Stafford, England.
Dr. Hwang teaches courses on China and population problems.
His recent publications include
:Xi, J. and S.S. Hwang. “Relocation Stress, Coping, and Sense of Control among Resettlers Resulting from China’s Three Gorges Dam Project.” Social Indicators Research.
:Hwang, S.S., Y. Cao, and J. Xi. 2011. “The Short-Term Impact of Involuntary Migration in China's Three Gorges: A Prospective Study.” Social Indicators Research. 101: 73-92.
:Xi, J. and S.S. Hwang. 2011. “Unmet Expectation and Depression among the Three Gorges Project Re-settlers.” Social Science Research 40:245-56.
Dr. Corbetta teaches courses in International Relations and Methodology. His current research focuses on conflict expansion, networks in international relations, major power states in international politics, and international environmental law.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) – Shanghai asked Dr. McCarthy, who just rolled off the NSCA Board of Directors, to come teach a five-day exam preparation class for 31 sports scientists from various universities and professional sports coaches in 2011. These candidates were recently registered as new members of NSCA-Shanghai and were being prepped to take the international exam to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. McCarthy was just one of two American professors asked to teach the course.
Dr. Geiger represents the American Association for Health Education (AAHE), a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) engaged in planning improvements to public policy for global health issues. He has also participated in meetings of international delegates from NGOs related to implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in NYC, Melbourne, Australia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Geiger has also provided input about health and wellbeing related to sustainable development within the Rio+20 Compilation Document representing views of Member States, Major Groups including Civil Society, and UN System.
Dr. Schwebel collaborates with colleagues around the world on various projects. He is co-author on a forthcoming manual from the World Health Organization on pedestrian safety worldwide and recently co-authored three articles in Lancet with the Global Burden of Disease project. He regularly collaborates with colleagues from Kermanshah University, Iran, to study suicide prevention among women in Southern Iran. He is conducting research with UAB graduate student Jiabin Shen concerning dog bite prevention in rural China. He maintains ongoing contacts in South Africa and has conducted research on kerosene safety in that country. He also works closely with colleagues in Canada, the United Kingdom, and other nations on global child injury prevention.
Dr. Neiva’s career extends from South America to the United States and then Europe. Dr. Neiva published academic output is comprised of more than 60 articles, as well as 10 books. They were mainly written in either Portuguese or English, but his articles have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, French, and Italian. His most recent texts are: Dicionário Houaiss de Comunicação and Jogos de Comunicação: Em Busca dos Fundamentos da Cultura which was published in 2009. In terms of teaching experience, Dr. Neiva has taught Communication Studies in Brazil (his native country), the United States, and Portugal. With an experience of more than two decades on the academic world of more than one culture, Eduardo Neiva brings a valuable cross-cultural asset to any world-class academic center.
Dr. Orihuela's area of specialization is Latin American literature with an emphasis in Latin American Contemporary Literature, Indigenous Cultures and Literatures, and Afro-Hispanic Literatures.
His most recent book, Abordajes y Aproximaciones. Ensayos sobre Literatura Peruana del Siglo XX (1950-2001), is a collection of essays analyzing those authors who reveal most profoundly the social and cultural complexity of contemporary Peru. Other recent publications include “La representación del negro en la poesía de Nicomedes Santa Cruz” in “Escribir” la identidad: Creación cultural y negritud en el Perú; “La poesía peruana de los 60 y 70: Dos etapas en la ruta hacia el sujeto descentrado y la conversacionalidad” in A contra corriente. A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America; and “The Poetics of Nicomedes Santa Cruz and Its Challenge to the Canon of Peruvian Hegemonic Literature" in Afro-Hispanic Review.