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Elizabeth Baker

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Heritage Hall 460F
(205) 975-5738

Research and Teaching Interests: Quantitative methods, Health disparities among children and adolescents, Immigration and acculturation, Deviant behaviors, Marriage and family

Office Hours: By appointment


  • AA, Owens State Community College, General Concentration
  • BA, Bowling Green State University, Sociology and Psychology
  • MA, Bowling Green State University, Applied Demography
  • PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, Sociology and Demography

I entered undergraduate school with a focus on psychology. I was interested in understanding how people worked. Before college, I had never heard of sociology. However, upon taking more and more sociology courses I came to believe that in order to understand how people work you must understand the broad social structures that impact their life and constrain choices and opportunities.

I have a strong background in quantitative methodology and was recently awarded the Statnet award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I have worked on examining how social determinants of health and the built environment leads to health disparities among children and adults with cystic fibrosis. Additionally, I am co-leader of the UAB Social Determinants of Health Research Core and have developed a toolkit to help clinical and basic science investigators to incorporate social determinants of health measures into their research. Lastly, I also work on a regional Common Data Elements project that uses electronic health records at three partnering academic institutions with area-level social and environmental measures. I like to examine health from a population perspective and seek to improve population health and reduce disparities.

I was born in Florida, grew up in Ohio, went to school in Pennsylvania, and moved here from Los Angeles, but I enjoy all of the outdoor beauty that Alabama has to offer. Besides teaching and research, I enjoy baking, NPR, and cats.

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