Scott BateyAssociate Professor, Honors Program Director
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University Hall 3154
(205) 996-7984

Research and Teaching Interests: HIV Prevention and Treatment Outcomes, eliminating health disparities (especially those prominent along the HIV Continuum of Care), Implementation Science, Evidence-Based Social Work Practice, and Community-Engaged Research.

Office Hours: By appointment

Secondary Appointments:

  • Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Department of Health Behavior, Ryals School of Public Health
  • Center for AIDS Research
  • Center for the Study of Community Health
  • Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
  • Institute for Human Rights, College of Arts & Sciences


  • BS, The University of Alabama, Psychology
  • MSW, The University of Alabama, Health
  • PhD, The University of Alabama, Social Work 

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. Dr. Batey holds secondary academic appointments in the Department of Health Behavior in the UAB Ryals School of Public Health and in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, UAB School of Medicine. He has affiliations with a number of University research centers and institutes, including the Center for AIDS Research, the Center for the Study of Community Health, the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, and the Institute for Human Rights.

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 served as the Coalition’s original Chair. 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 Clinical Social Worker (LiCSW) and Private Independent Practioner (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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  • Select Publications
    • Lee, Y, Walton, R, Jackson, L, & Batey, DS. Community-level factors and HIV health among older people living with HIV (PLWH) in Alabama, United States: A qualitative analysis. In press, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
    • Gordian-Arroyo, A, Garofalo, R, Kuhns, LM, Pearson, C, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hidalgo, M, Hirshfield, S, Schrimshaw, E, & Schnall, R. Awareness, willingness, and perceived efficacy of pre-exposure prophylaxis among adolescent sexual minority males. J Urban Health. 2020 Aug 12. doi: 10.1007/s11524-020-00447-5. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32789625.
    • Fogel, JM, Bonsall, D, Cummings, V, Bowden, R, Golubchik, T, de Cesare, M, Wilson, EA, Gamble, T, del Rio, C, Batey, DS, Mayer, KH, Farley, JE, Hughes, JP, Remien, RH, Beyrer, C, Fraser, C, Eshleman, SH. Performance of a high-throughput next-generation sequencing method for analysis of HIV drug resistance and viral load. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2020 Aug 8:dkaa352. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkaa352. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32772080.
    • Schnall, R, Kuhns, L, Pearson, C, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hidalgo, MA, Hirshfield, S, Ganzhorn, S, & Garofalo, R. Preliminary results from a pragmatic clinical trial of MyPEEPS Mobile to improve HIV prevention behaviors in young men. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2020 Jun 16;270:1365-1366. doi: 10.32333/SHTI200444. PMID: 32570661. Clinical Trial.
    • Lee, Y, Batey, DS, Clay, OJ, Emlet, C, Fazeli, PL, & Vance, DE. Older caregivers with HIV: An unrecognized gap in the literature. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2020 Jun 9. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000180. Online ahead of print. PMID: 3251195.
    • Batey, DS, Dong, X, Rogers, RP, Merriweather, A, Elopre, L, Rana, AI, Hall, HI, & Mugavero, MJ. Time from HIV diagnosis to viral suppression: A survival analysis of statewide surveillance data in Alabama 2012 to 2014. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2020 May 22;6(2):e17217. doi: 10.2196/17217. PMID: 32045344.
    • Kuhns, LM, Garofalo, R, Hidalgo, M, Hirshfield, S, Pearson, C, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Jia, H, & Schnall, R. A randomized controlled efficacy trial of an mHealth HIV prevention intervention for sexual minority young men: MyPEEPS mobile study protocol. BMC Public Health. 2020 Jan 15;20(1):65. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-8180-4. PMID: 31941475. Clinical Trial.
    • Fogel, JM, Sivay, MV, Cummings, V, Wilson, EA, Hart, S, Gamble, T, Laevendecker, O, Fernandez, R, del Rio, C, Batey, DS, Mayer, KH, Farley, J, McKinstry, L, Hughes, JP, Remien, RH, Beyrer, C, & Eshleman, SH. HIV drug resistance in a cohort of HIV-infected men who have sex with men in the United States. AIDS. 2020 Jan 1;34(1):91-101. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002394. PMID: 31634196.
    • Kay, ES, Lee, Y, Hauenstein, KK, Jackson, L, Bello, F, Fordham, M, Jackson, E, Rafferty, N, DeRamus, R, Musgrove, K, Rastegar, J, Walton, R, Mugavero, MJ & Batey, DS. “Where people are safe in their own homes”: The interplay of community factors and health among people living with HIV in the Deep South. J HIV/AIDS Soc Ser. 2020;19(2):156-172. doi: 10.1080/15381501.2020.1765225.
    • Schnall, R, Musgrove, K, & Batey, DS. Symptom profile and technology use of persons living with HIV who access services at a community-based organization in the Deep South. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2020;31(1):42-50. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000078. PMID: 30908348.
    • Batey, DS, Kay, ES, Westfall, AO, Zinski, A, Drainoni, ML, Gardner, LI, Giordano, T, Keruly, J, Rodriguez, A, Wilson, TE, & Mugavero, MJ, on behalf of the Retention in Care Study Group. Are missed- and kept-visits-based measures capturing different aspects of retention in HIV primary care? AIDS Care 2020 Jan;32(1):98-103. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1659918. Epub 2019 Aug 28. PMID: 31462060.
    • Sohail, M, Rastegar, J, Long, D, Rana, A, Levitan, EB, Reed-Pickens, H, Batey, DS, Ross-Davis, K, Gaddis, K, Tarrant, A, Parmar, J, Raper, JL, & Mugavero, MJ. Data for Care (D4C) Alabama: Clinic-wide risk stratification with enhanced personal contacts for retention in HIV care via the Alabama Quality Management Group. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Dec;82 Suppl 3:S192-S198. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002205. PMID: 31764254.
    • Rice, WS, Stringer, KL, Sohail, M, Crockett, KB, Atkins, GC, Kudroff, K, Batey, DS, Hicks, J, Turan, JM, Mugavero, MJ, & Turan, B. Accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): Perceptions of current and potential PrEP users in Birmingham, Alabama. AIDS Behav. 2019 Nov;23(11):2966-2979. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02591-9. PMID 31297683.
    • Ignacio, M, Garofalo, R, Pearson, C, Kuhns, LM, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hidalgo, MA, Hirschfield, S, & Schnall, R. Pilot feasibility trial of the MyPEEPS mobile app to reduce sexual risk among young men in four cities. J Amer Med Informatics Assoc Open. 2019 Jul; 2(2): 272-279. doi: 10.1093/jamiaopen/ooz008. PMID: 31294422.
    • Kay, ES, Batey, DS, Westfall, AO, Christopoulos, K, Cole, SR, Crane, HM, Geng, EH, Keruly, JC, Kitahata, MM, Mathews, WC, Mayer, KH, Moore, RD, Napravnik, S, Saag, M, & Mugavero, MJ. Compound retention in care and all-cause mortality among people living with HIV. Open Forum Infect Dis 2019 Mar 7;6(4):ofz120. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofz120. eCollection 2019 Apr. PMID 31041339.
    • Fredericksen, RJ, Fitzsimmons, E, Gibbons, LE, Dougherty, S, Loo, S, Shurbaji, S., Batey, DS, Avendano-Soto, S, Mathews, WC, Christopoulos, K, Mayer, KH, Mugavero, MJ, Crane, PK, & Crane, HM. Development and content validation of the Multidimensional Assessment of Perceived Social Support (MAPSS), a brief, patient-reported measure of social support for use in HIV care. AIDS Care. 2019 Jan-Dec;31(sup1):1-9. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1612005. PMID 31189333.
    • Philbin, MM, Feaster, DJ, Gooden, L, Duan, R, Das, M, Jacobs, P, Lucas, GM, Batey, DS, Nijhawan, A, Jacobson, JM, Mandler, R, Daar, E, McMahon, DK, Armstrong, WS, del Rio, C, & Metsch, LR. The North-South divide: Substance use risk, care engagement, and viral suppression among hospitalized HIV-infected patients in 11 U.S. cities. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Jan 1;68(1):146-149. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy506. PMID: 29920584.
    • Schnall, R, Kuhns, LM, Hidalgo, MA, Powell, D, Thai, J, Hirschfield S, Pearson, C, Ignacio, M, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, & Garofalo, R. Adaptation of a group-based HIV risk reduction intervention to a mobile app for young sexual minority men. AIDS Educ Prev. 2018 Dec;30(6):449-462. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2018.30.6.449. PMID: 30966769.
    • Kay, ES, Batey, DS, & Mugavero, MJ. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program: Supplementary service provision post-Affordable Care Act. AIDS Patient Care STDs. 2018 Jul;32(7):265-271. doi: 10.1089/apc.2018.0032. PMID: 29985648.
    • Maulsby, C, Enobun, B, Batey, DS, Jain, KM, The Access to Care Intervention Team, Riordan, M, Werner, M, & Holtgrave, DR. 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 Behav. 2018 Mar;22(3):819-828. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1809-3. PMID: 28550379.
    • Kay, ES, Rice, WS, Crockett, KB, Atkins, GC, Batey, DS, & Turan, B. Experienced HIV-related stigma in health care and community settings: Mediated associations with psychosocial and health outcomes. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 Mar 1;77(3):257-263. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001590. PMID: 29140873.
    • Murphree, J, Batey, DS, Kay, ES, Westfall, AO, & Mugavero, MJ. Suboptimal retention in care among recently released prisoners: Implications for social workers in HIV primary care. AIDS Behav. 2018 Feb;23(2):427-432. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2254-7. PMID: 30117078.
    • Saag, LA, Tamhane, AR, Batey, DS, Mugavero, MJ, & Eaton, EF. Mental health service utilization is associated with retention in care among persons living with HIV at a university-affiliated HIV clinic. AIDS Res Ther. 2018 Jan 16;15(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s12981-018-0188-9. PMID: 29338735.
    • Schnall, R, Kuhns, L, Hidalgo, M, Hirschfield, S, Pearson, C, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, & Garofalo, R. Development of MyPEEPS Mobile: A behavioral intervention for young men. Stud Health Technol Inform 2018;250:31. PMID: 29857362.
  • Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies
    • Inaugural Friend of Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) Award
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) SPARK Award
    • Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)
    • International Association of Providers in AIDS Care (IAPAC)
    • American Public Health Association (HIV/AIDS Section, Social Work Section)
    • Society for Social Work and Research
    • National Association of Social Workers