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
  • Center for Palliative & Supportive Care


  • 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 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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    • Sohail, M, Long, DM, Mugavero, MJ, Batey, DS, Ojesina, AI, & Levitan, EB. Partnership status and retention in care among heterosexual newly diagnosed people with HIV: A cohort study. In print, AIDS Care. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2022.2050178.
    • Cordoba, E, Kuison, CM, Garofalo, R, Kuhns, LM, Pearson, C, Batey, DS, Bruce, J, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hidalgo, MA, Hirshfield, S, & Schnall R. Are state-level HIV testing policies for minors associated with HIV testing behavior and awareness of home-based HIV testing in young men who sex with men (YMSM)? J Adoles Health. Epub ahead of print, Feb 28, 2022. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.12.023.
    • Sohail, M, Long, DM, Batey, DS, Mugavero, MJ, Ojesina, AI, & Levitan, EB. Partnership status and time to viral suppression and sustained viral suppression among newly diagnosed heterosexual people with HIV. Int J STD AIDS. 2022 Jan 27. doi: 10.1177/09564624211065227. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35085052.
    • Anderson, A, Karczmar, A, Kuhns, LM, Garofalo, R, Radix, A, Bruce, J, Pearson, C, Batey, DS, Rodriguez, RG, & Schnall, R. A qualitative study to inform adaptation of MyPEEPS Mobile for transmasculine youth. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2022;33(1):301-316. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2022.0022. PMID: 35153221.
    • Crockett, KB, Turan, B, Whitfield, S, Kay, ES, Budhwani, H, Fifolt, M, Hauenstein, K, Ladner, M, Sewell, J, Payne-Foster, P, Nyblade, L, Batey, DS, & Turan, JM. Patient and provider perspectives on HIV stigma in healthcare settings in underserved areas of the US South: A mixed methods study. AIDS Behav. 2022 Jan;26 (Suppl 1):112-124. doi: 10.1007/s10461-03470-7. Epub 2021 Sep 28. PMID: 34581951.
    • Cordoba, E, Garofalo, R, Kuhns, LM, Pearson, C, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hidalgo, MA, Hirshfield, S, Rodriguez, RG, & Schnall, R. Risk-taking behaviors in adolescent men who have sex with men (MSM): An association between homophobic victimization and alcohol consumption. PLOS ONE. 2021 Dec 2;16(12):e0260083. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0260083. eCollection 2021. PMID: 34855787. Clinical Trial.
    • Crane, H, Nance, R, Whitney, BM, Ruderman, S, Tsui, JI, Chander, G, McCaul, ME, Lau, B, Mayer, K, Batey, DS, Safren, SA, Moore, RD, Eron, JJ, Napravnik, S, Mathews, WC, Fredericksen, RJ, Hahn, AW, Mugavero, MJ, Lober, WB, Saag, MS, Kitahata, M, & Delaney, JAC. Drug and alcohol use among people living with HIV in care in the United States by geographic region. AIDS Care. 2021 Dec;33(12):1569-1576. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2021.1874274. Epub 2021 Jan 23. PMID: 33486978.
    • Irvin, R, Gamble, T, Malone, J, Wang, Z, Wilson, E, Hughes, J, Farley, JE, Mayer, K, del Rio, C, Batey, DS, Cummings, V, Remien, RH, Beyrer, C, & Thio, CL. HIV Prevention Trials Network 078: High prevalence of Hepatitis C virus antibodies among urban men who have sex with men, independent of Human Immunodeficiency Virus status. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Oct 5;73(7):e2205-e2210. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1869. PMID: 33346798.
    • Vance, DE, Lee, Y, Batey, DS, Li, W, Lambert-Chapman, C, Nakkina, SR, Anderson, JN, Triebel, K, Byun, JY, & Fazeli, PL. Emerging directions of cognitive aging with HIV: Emerging directions of cognitive aging with HIV: Practice and policy implications for social work. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2021 Sep 12;1-19. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2021.1978028. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34511048.
    • Beyrer, C., Malone, J., Baral, S., Wang, Z., del Rio, C., Mayer, K., Batey, DS, Farley, JE, Gamble, T., Stanton, J., Hughes, JP, Wilson, E, Irvin, R, Guevara-Perez, O, Bocek, A, Bruce, J, Gaston, Cummings, V, R, Remien, R, and the HPTN 078 Study Team. Comparing recruitment strategies to engage hard-to-reach men who have sex with men living with HIV with unsuppressed viral loads in four US cities: Results from HPTN 078. J Int AIDS Soc. 2021 Sep;24(9):e257998. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25798. PMID: 34473400.
    • Cordoba, E, Idnay, B, Garofalo, R, Kuhns, LM, Pearson, C, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hidalgo, MA, Hirshfield, S, Rodriguez, RG, & Schnall, R. Examining the Information Systems Success (ISS) of a mobile sexual health app (MyPEEPS Mobile) from the perspective of very young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Int J Med Inform. 2021 Set;153:104529. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2021.104529. Epub 2021 Jul 22. PMID: 34385097. Clinical Trial.
    • Fredericksen, RJ, Gibbons, LE, Fitzsimmons, E, Nance, RM, Schafer, K, Batey, DS, Loo, S, Dougherty, S, Mathews, WC, Christopoulos, K, Mayer, KH, Mugavero, MJ, Kitahata, MM, Crane, PK, & Crane, HM. Impact and correlates of sub-optimal social support among patients in HIV care. AIDS Care. 2021 Sep;33(9):1178-1188. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1853660. Epub 2021 Jan 14. PMID: 33443445.
    • 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. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2021 Sep-Oct 01;32(5):589-598. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000214. PMID:33009174.
    • Kay, ES, Batey, DS, Craft, HL, McCormick, LC, Burkholder, G, Mugavero, M, & Fifolt, M. Practice transformation in HIV primary care: Perspectives of coaches and champions in the Southeast United States. J Primary Care Community Health. 2021 Jan-Dec;12:2150132720984429. doi: 10.1177/2150132720984429. PMID: 33588614.
    • 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. 2021 Jan-Feb 01;32(1):29-36. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000180. 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.
    • 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.
    • Batey, DS, Whitfield, S, Mulla, M, Stringer, KL, Durojaiye, M, McCormick L, Turan, B, Nyblade, L, Kempf, MC, & Turan, JM. Adaptation and implementation of an intervention to reduce HIV-related stigma among healthcare workers in the United States: Piloting of the FRESH Workshop. AIDS Patient Care STDs. 2016 Nov;30(11):519-527. doi: 10.1089/apc.2016.0223. PMID: 27849373.
    • Batey, DS, Hogan, VL, Cantor, R, Hamlin, CM, Ross-Davis, K, Nevin, C, Zimmerman, C, Thomas, S, Mugavero, MJ, & Willig, JH. Short communication routine HIV testing in the emergency department: Assessment of patient perceptions. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2012 Apr;28(4):352-6. doi: 10.1089/aid.2011.0074. Epub 2011 Jul 26. PMID: 21790474.
  • 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