Gabriela Oates. Gabriela Oates (PhD 2015) is an Assistant Professor in the UAB Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Division of Preventive Medicine

She is Associate Scientist at the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center (CFRC), The Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC), and Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research (COERE).

Dr. Oates was a K12 Scholar in the AHRQ-funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research program (2016-2018) and a Fellow in the NHLBI/OBSSR Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials (2018). Her research addresses the social determinants of health in chronic diseases, with a focus on respiratory conditions.


  • Oates GR, Stepanikova I, Gamble S, Gutierrez HH, Harris WT. Adherence to Airway Clearance Therapy in Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis: Socioeconomic Factors and Respiratory Outcomes. Pediatr Pulmonol. Oct 2015; 50(12):1244-52.
  • Stepanikova I and Oates GR. Dimensions of Racial Identity and Perceived Discrimination in Health Care. Ethn Dis. 2016;26(4):501-512.
  • Stepanikova I, Oates GR, and Bateman LB. Does One Size Fit All? The Role of Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference for Systemic Inflammation in Midlife by Race and Gender. Ethn Health. 2016 Apr;22(2):169-183.
  • Jackson BD, Oates GR, Singh KP, Shikany JM, Fouad MN, Partridge EE, Bae S. Disparities in Chronic Medical Conditions in the Mid-South. Ethn Health. 2016 Apr;22(2):196-208.
  • Fouad MN, Acemgil A, Bae S, Forero A, Martin MY, Oates GR, Partridge EE, Vickers SM. Patient Navigation as a Model to Increase Minority Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials. J Oncol Pract. 2016 Jun;12(6):556-63.
  • Oates GR, Schechter MS. Socioeconomic Status and Health Outcomes: Cystic Fibrosis as a Model. Expert Rev Respir Med. 2016 Sep;10(9):967-77.
  • Tabatabai MA, Kengwoung-Keumo JJ, Oates GR, Guemmegne JT, Akinlawon A, Ekadi G, Fouad MN, Singh KP. Racial and Gender Disparities in Incidence of Lung and Bronchus Cancer in the United States: A Longitudinal Analysis. PLoS One. 2016 Sep 29;11(9):e0162949.
  • Britton LJ, Oates GR, Oster RA, Self ST, Troxler RB, Hoover WC, Gutierrez HH, Harris WT. Risk Stratification Model to Detect Early Pulmonary Disease in Infants with Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosed by Newborn Screening. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2016 Nov;51(11):1168-1176.
  • Oates GR, Jackson BD, Partridge EE, Singh KP, Fouad MN, Bae S. Sociodemographic Patterns of Chronic Disease: How the Mid-South Region Compares to the Rest of the Country. Am J Prev Med, 2017 Jan;52(1S1):S31-S39.
  • Stepanikova I and Oates GR. Perceived Discrimination and Privilege in Health Care: The Role of Socioeconomic Status and Race. Am J Prev Med, 2017 Jan;52(1S1):S86-S94.
  • Fouad MN, Oates GR, Scarinci IC, Demark-Wahnefried W, Payton M, Sims M, Miele L, Partridge EE. Advancing the Science of Health Disparities through Research on the Social Determinants of Health. Am J Prev Med, 2017 Jan;52(1S1):S1-S4.
  • Stepanikova I, Bateman L, Oates GR. Systemic Inflammation in Midlife: Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Perceived Discrimination. Am J Prev Med, 2017 Jan;52(1S1):S63-S76.
  • Cockerham WC, Hamby B, Oates GR. The Social Determinants of Chronic Disease. Am J Prev Med, 2017 Jan;52(1S1):S5-S12.
  • Oates GR, Hamby BW, Stepanikova I, Knight SJ, Bhatt SP, Hitchcock J, Schumann C, Dransfield MT. Social Determinants of Adherence to Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD. 2017 Nov 14(6): 610-617.
  • Oates GR, Hamby BW, Norena MC, Hart HO, Fouad MN. Bikeshare Use in Urban Communities: Individual and Neighborhood Factors. Ethn Dis 2017 Nov 10; Suppl 1:303-312.
  • Oates GR, Phillips JM, Bateman LB, Baskin ML, Fouad MN, Scarinci IC. Determinants of Obesity in Two Urban Communities: Perceptions and Community-Driven Solutions. Ethn Dis 2018; 28(1):33-42.
  • Stepanikova I, Baker E, Oates GR, Acharya S, Uddin J, Thon V, Svancara J, Kukla L. Perinatal Maternal Stress and Susceptibility to Infections in Later Childhood: An Early Life Programming Perspective. J Psychology 2018; Sep 28:1-21.
  • Oates GR, Stepanikova I, Rowe SM, Gamble S, Gutierrez HH, Harris WT. Objective vs. Self-Reported Adherence to Airway Clearance Therapy in Cystic Fibrosis. Respir Care. 2019 Feb;64(2):176-181.
  • Oates GR, Scarinci IC, Niranjan S, Ott C, Parekh T, Dransfield MT. Barriers and Facilitators of Successful Completion of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Qualitative Exploration. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev 2019; 39(3):1-6.