Scott BateyAssistant Professor
University Hall 3154
(205) 996-7984

Research and Teaching Interests: HIV Continuum of Care (especially retention and re-engagement in HIV primary care), health disparities, evidence-based social work practice

Office Hours: By appointment


  • BS, The University of Alabama
  • MSW, The University of Alabama
  • PhD, The University of Alabama

Generally speaking, Dr. Batey’s expertise lies in the area of HIV prevention and treatment.  Specifically, Dr. Batey has framed his work within the HIV Treatment Cascade where he studies individual- and structural-level influences on one’s initial linkage to HIV care after diagnosis, and long-term retention and re-engagement in HIV primary medical care.  For example, Dr. Batey’s research experiences include investigation of clinic-based strategies to improve a patient’s adherence to their medical appointments, as well as social work-driven, community-based interventions to locate and re-engage individuals who have fallen out of routine medical care.  He often defines his interests as being set at the intersection of the HIV clinic and the broader community.  He has recently received a secondary appointment as Scientist through the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).

Dr. Batey values and advocates for the active role of the community in research, also known as community engagement.  As such, he works closely with long-time community organization partners to address critical healthcare issues, especially as they relate to HIV.  He is a co-founder of the Jefferson County HIV/AIDS Community Coalition, whose mission is to serve as a network of active stakeholders working together towards a unified and healthy community response to HIV/AIDS, and he has served as the Coalition’s Chair for the past two years.  Named an Emerging Engagement Scholar in 2009, Dr. Batey is also interested in the integration of service learning and community exposure in the social work curriculum.

Dr. Batey is licensed by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners (ASBSWE) as a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Private Independent Practitioner (PIP).  Prior to his doctoral education, he was a practicing social worker in the non-profit setting for more than 10 years. 

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Recent Courses Taught

  • Social Work Practice I (sample syllabus)
  • The Social Work Values Lab
  • Statistics for Social Work Research
  • Introduction to Research Methods

Select Publications

  • Fifolt, M., Batey, D.S., Raper, J.L., Mobley, J.E., & McCormick, L. (2017). The fragile balance of community-based healthcare: One community’s united response when the HIV primary care safety net failed. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 5, 507-514. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000566
  • Gibbons, L., Fredericksen, R., Batey, D.S., Dant, L., Mayer, K.H., Mathews, W.C., Morales, L.S., Mugavero, M.J., Yang, F.M., Paez, E., Kitahata, M.M., Edwards, T.C., Patrick, D., Crane, H.M., & Crane, P.M. for the Centers for AIDS Research Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS). (2017). Validity assessment of the PROMIS fatigue domain among people living with HIV. AIDS Research & Therapy, 14(21). doi: 10.1186/s12981-017-0146-y.
  • Maulsby, C., Enobun, B., Batey, D.S., Jain, K.M., The Access to Care Intervention Team, Riordan, M., Werner, M., & Holtgrave, D.R. (2017). A mixed-methods exploration of the needs of people living with HIV (PLWH) enrolled in Access to Care, a national HIV linkage, retention and re-engagement in medical care program. AIDS and Behavior, 22(3), 819-828. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1809-3
  • Gardner, L.I., Marks, G., Shahani, L., Giordano, T.P., Wilson, T.E., Drainoni, M.L., Keruly, J.C., Batey, D.S., & Metsch, L.R. Assessing efficacy of a retention in care intervention among HIV patients with depression, anxiety, heavy alcohol consumption, and illicit drug use. AIDS, [ePub ahead of print], January 11, 2016.
  • Fredericksen, R., Edwards, T., Crane, H.M., Crane, P.K., Merlin, J., Gibbons, L.E., Rao, D., Batey, D.S., Dant, L., Paez, E., Church, A., & Patrick, D. Patient and provider priorities for self-reported domain in HIV clinical care. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of HIV/AIDS. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1050983.
  • Zinski, A., Westfall, A.O., Gardner, L., Giordano, T.P., Wilson, T.E., Drainoni, M., Keruly, J., Rodriguez, A., Malitz, F., Batey, D.S., & Mugavero, M.J. on behalf of the RIC Study Group. The contribution of missed clinic visits to disparities in HIV viral load outcomes. American Journal of Public Health. In publication.
  • Vance, D.E., Humphrey, S.C., & Batey, D.S. HIV-related cognitive dysfunction: Implications for aging and social work. Social Work in Mental Health, In Publication.
  • Pollio, D.E., Batey, D.S., Bender, K., Ferguson, K., & Thompson, S.J. Technology use among homeless young adults in two U.S. cities. Social Work, 58(2), 173-175.
  • Schumacher, J.E., McCullumsmith, C., Mugavero, M.J., Ingle-Pang, P., Raper, J.L., Willig, J.H., You, Z., Batey, D.S., Crane, H., Lawrence, S.T., Wright, C.C., Treisman, G., & Saag, M.S. (2012). Routine depression screening in an HIV clinic cohort identifies patients with complex psychiatric co-morbidities who show significant response to standardized clinical treatment. AIDS and Behavior, [ePub ahead of print] October 20, 2012.
  • Batey, D.S., Hogan, V.L., Cantor, R., Hamlin, C.M., Ross-Davis, K., Nevin, C., Zimmerman, C., Thomas, S., Mugavero, M.J., & Willig, J.W. (2012). Short communication routine HIV testing in the emergency department: Assessment of patient perceptions. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, 4, 352-356.
  • Lawrence, S.T., Willig, J.H., Crane, H., Ye, J., Aban, I., Lober, W., Nevin, C., Batey, D.S., Mugavero, M., McCullumsmith, C., Wright, C., Kitahata, M., Raper, J.L., Saag, M.S., & Schumacher, J. (2010). Routine self-administered, touch-screen computer based suicidal ideation assessment linked to automated response team notification in an HIV primary care setting. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 50, 1165-1173.

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • American Public Health Association (HIV/AIDS Section, Social Work Section)
  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Outstanding Dissertation, School of Social Work, The University of Alabama, 2015