Jill Locher. Julie Locher (PhD 1999) is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Associate Director for Enrichment of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

Dr. Locher is an internationally known expert in the area of social and environmental aspects of nutrition in frail, older adults and persons with cancer. She has had continuous funding as Principal Investigator from the National Institutes of Health for the past 15 years and has more than 100 publications. In 2014 she co-edited the second edition of the Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging. She is currently the recipient of a Career Academic Leadership Award from the National Institute on Aging in the area of Translational Nutrition and Aging.

Dr. Locher has served on planning committees sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Institute of Medicine focused on the topic of meeting dietary needs of older adults living in the community. She is co-convener of the Nutrition Interest Group for the Gerontological Society of America. She has served on numerous study sections for the Center for Scientific Review, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Locher was honored by the UAB Commission on the Status of Women with the 2016 Becky Trigg Outstanding Woman UAB Faculty Member Award in recognition of her having made it easier for other women to succeed, overcome adversity to achieve goals, taken a courageous stance, and provided significant service to women. Her teaching and mentorship as well as in her community service has earned her the 2010 Champion for Change Award from AARP Alabama, the 2011 Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship, and the 2011 Faculty Service Award by the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging. In 2013, she was further honored with Fellow Status by the Gerontological Society of America. In 2016 she received the Gerontological Society of America M. Powell Lawton Award for her contributions in gerontology research.SaveSaveSave