• Leadership
    Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc

    Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc

    Director
    Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    In addition to serving as Director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), Dr. Mugavero serves as Co-Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. Mugavero is an NIH, CDC, and HRSA funded investigator who has developed a dynamic health services research program at UAB, centered on engagement in care that has made seminal contributions to HIV prevention and treatment science. Dr. Mugavero serves as PI for the AHRQ T32 UAB Health Services Research Training Program and was a recipient of the 2020 John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award. He has published over 250 articles in peer-reviewed literature, and has served as primary mentor for over 20 pre-doctoral students and 10 post-doctoral fellows and/or junior faculty, including current and past T32, TL1, KL2, K12, K23, R34 and R01 awardees from the UAB Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Social Work.

    Emily B. Levitan, PhD

    Emily B. Levitan, PhD

    Co-Director 
    Professor of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Dr. Levitan is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health. Her goal is to improve public health through population research using traditional epidemiologic studies and administrative data with an emphasis on cardiovascular disease. Her research focuses on primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, particularly heart failure. She is co-PI of the REGARDS-MI study which has followed a population of more than 30,000 Black and White US adults for coronary heart disease and heart failure. She has conducted research on outcomes for people living with heart disease using Medicare and other administrative data sources. In addition, she has served as a methodologic collaborator for studies in a wide range of disease areas as a member of the methods and analytics core facilities of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the UAB Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Levitan is dedicated to teaching and mentoring. Within COERE, she leads the training activities, including the signature Friday Fellows seminar series, and is co-director of the AHRQ T32 pre-and post-doctoral training grant in health services and outcomes research. She is also a Steering Committee member of the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center and holds appointments in the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, the Diabetes Research and Training Center, and the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center.
    Allyson Hall, PhD

    Allyson Hall, PhD

    Co-Director
    Professor, Department of Health Services Administration
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Allyson Hall, PhD is a professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she serves as director of graduate programs in health care quality and safety. Dr. Hall’s research focuses on improving access to high quality health care among vulnerable populations including low-income individuals, and people living with a disability or a chronic health condition. She has a long-standing interest in Medicaid. For over 10 years she has investigated reforms and changes to Florida’s Medicaid program. Current research activities also focus on reducing care fragmentation and the use of health care technology to improve quality of care. Dr. Hall serves on the board of the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and is an Associate Editor for the Journal for Healthcare Quality. She has a PhD in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a MHA in health care administration from the University of Florida.

    Madeline J. Gibson

    Madeline J. Gibson

    Deputy Director
    Program Director II, Division of Infectious Diseases
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Madeline is the Deputy Director of the COERE, overseeing all administrative and scientific functions of the Center. She has extensive experience with NIH proposal development, research administration, intramural pilot program management, and the conduct of randomized controlled trials. Her Master of Public Health is in epidemiology. 

    Emma Perez-Costas, PhD

    Emma Perez-Costas, PhD

    GRIT Program Director
    Assistant Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Dr. Perez-Costas is and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine - Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. She is also the Director for the ICAR Career Development Core and Early Stage Investigator Program; as well as the Director for the UAB CCTS/COERE Grant and Research Intensive Training (GRIT) program. Finally, Dr. Perez-Costas directs the research administration office for the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care.

    Dr. Perez-Costas is a neuroscientist with extensive experience in research training and education as well as a research administrator. Her current main focus is research training and career development. Her past funded research had two main focuses: 1) neuropathology in psychiatric and neurological disorders; and 2) brain development and comparative neuroanatomy.

    Dr. Perez-Costas has published her research in well-known peer-reviewed journals, she has also published several scientific book chapters, and editorial review articles for Science Books & Films focused on general audiences. In addition, Dr. Perez-Costas is the author of a three-part series of highly read articles regarding career development entitled "The American Experience for Foreign Postdocs" — published on-line by Editage Insights, translated to multiple languages, and with over 25,000 readers in its English version.

    Geri Davis

    Geri Davis

    Program Coordinator II
    Program Coordinator II, Division of Infectious Diseases
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Geri Davis brings over 20 years of experience in executive management to the COERE. In previous roles, Mrs. Davis worked directly with community and programmatic stakeholders to advance organizational goals. She also has experience in event and project coordination both in the private sector and then at UAB in the divisions of Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary.
  • Associate Directors
    Greer A. Burkholder, MD, MSPH

    Greer A. Burkholder, MD, MSPH

    Associate Director
    Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Greer A. Burkholder, MD, MSPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UAB Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Her research is focused on prevention and management of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors among people with HIV (PWH). She is PI of an NHLBI K23 award focused on conducting novel studies on antihypertensive medication adherence among PLWH. She serves as the UAB site lead for myocardial infarction and stroke adjudication studies within the Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS) and as Co-Chair of the CVD Workgroup for the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design (NA-ACCORD). She is UAB site PI for the Antiretroviral Cohort Collaboration (ART-CC) and for Practice Transformation in the Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center (SE AETC). Dr. Burkholder has been the Database and Informatics Component Leader for the UAB CFAR Clinical Core since 2012. In this role she provides scientific oversight for the UAB HIV Cohort database, and oversees the production of datasets for investigators within the UAB CFAR, as well as for multiple national (CNICS, WIHS) and international (ART-CC, NA-ACCORD) multisite HIV research collaborations. She is co-leader of the data transformation team for the COVID Core.

    Crystal Chapman Lambert PhD, CRNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, ACRN

    Crystal Chapman Lambert PhD, CRNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, ACRN

    Associate Director
    Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Dr. Chapman Lambert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family, Community & Health Systems at the UAB School of Nursing. She is a certified family nurse practitioner who is recognized as a specialist in HIV management. Her research focuses on integrating, implementing, and evaluating behavioral interventions with the goal of reducing disparities and improving clinical outcomes among marginalized populations, with a current focus on African American (AA) women living with HIV (WLWH). She has conducted several studies to understand and address multi-level factors as they related to health outcome such as HIV medication and medical visit adherence among gender and racial minorities. She is the PI of a NIH NCCIH K23 to culturally tailor a mindfulness intervention for AA WLWH aimed to reduce stress and improve health and clinic outcomes. In addition, she is serves on the board of directors for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and she is President-elect for the HIV/AIDS Nurses Certification Board (HANCB).
    J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN

    J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN

    Associate Director
    Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN, ACHPN is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Co-Director of Caregiver and Bereavement Support Services in the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, and Associate Chair of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group Caregiver Core (NINR U2CNR14637). His program of research is focused on the development, clinical trials testing, and implementation of early, telehealth, lay coach-led palliative care interventions for underrepresented family caregivers of persons with advanced cancer and heart failure using the multiphase optimization strategy. Dr. Dionne-Odom is also interested in decision psychology and the role families play in partnering with patients in health-related decision-making, from diagnosis to end of life. His research is currently funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Cancer Institute, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

    Larry R Hearld, PhD

    Larry R Hearld, PhD

    Associate Director
    Associate Professor, Department of Health Services

    Director, PhD Program, Administration-Health Services
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Larry R. Hearld, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Administration-Health Services. He is currently the co-editor of Health Care Management Review and serves on the editorial board of Medical Care Research and Review. His research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of organizational change in health care, with special emphasis on dissemination and implementation science in health care. He has been a PI and co-I on NIH-, AHRQ-, PCORI-, and foundation-funded studies that examine the dissemination and implementation of quality improvement processes and innovative care delivery models within hospitals, primary care organizations, and local communities. This research utilizes a range of methodological approaches, including effectiveness-implementation hybrid designs, mixed methods, and quasi-experimental designs. He currently teaches courses in research methods, organizational behavior, and dissemination and implementation science.

    Dustin Long, PhD

    Dustin Long, PhD

    Associate Director
    Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics 

    School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN

    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN

    Associate Director
    Assistant Dean, Clinical Innovation for Quality Improvement

    UAB Nursing Partnership, UAB School of Nursing and UAB Hospital

    Shea Polancich has been practicing in quality and patient safety for two decades. She is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing with a primary practice at the UAB Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama as a director specializing in nursing improvement, innovation, and analytics. Formerly, her roles included the Director for Quality and Patient Safety at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Director of Data Analysis and Measurement at Texas Health Resources, NIH/NINR research intern, and health policy fellow at George Mason University. She currently serves on a technical expert panel for the NQF, and is a column editor for the Journal for Healthcare Quality. 

  • Steering Committee
    Irfan Asif, MD

    Irfan Asif, MD

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Monica Aswani, DrPH

    Monica Aswani, DrPH

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Health Professions

    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Daniel Chu, MD

    Daniel Chu, MD

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Medicine

    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Patricia Drentea, MA, PhD

    Patricia Drentea, MA, PhD

    Steering Committee Member
    College of Arts and Sciences
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Russell Griffin, PhD

    Russell Griffin, PhD

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Public Health 
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Anand Iyer, MD, MSPH

    Anand Iyer, MD, MSPH

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Elizabeth Jackson, MD

    Elizabeth Jackson, MD

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Kierstin Kennedy, MD, MSHA

    Kierstin Kennedy, MD, MSHA

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Sarah Nafziger, MD

    Sarah Nafziger, MD

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Nursing
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD

    Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Health Professions
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    James Willig, MD, MSPH

    James Willig, MD, MSPH

    Steering Committee Member
    School of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • Internal Advisory Committee
    Tika Benveniste, PhD

    Tika Benveniste, PhD

    Internal Advisory Committee Member
    Associate Director for Basic Research, UAB Heersink School of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Suzanne Judd, PhD

    Suzanne Judd, PhD

    Internal Advisory Committee Member
    Professor, School of Public Health
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Christy Lemak, PhD, FACHE

    Christy Lemak, PhD, FACHE

    Internal Advisory Committee Member
    Professor, School of Health Professions
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    James Rimmer, PhD

    James Rimmer, PhD

    Internal Advisory Committee Member
    Professor, School of Health Professions
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
    Ken Saag, MD, MSc

    Ken Saag, MD, MSc

    Internal Advisory Committee Member
    Professor, UAB Heersink School of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    Alan Tita, MD

    Alan Tita, MD

    Internal Advisory Committee Member
    Professor, UAB Heersink School of Medicine
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

    David Vance, PhD, MGS, MS

    David Vance, PhD, MGS, MS

    Internal Advisory Committee Member
    Professor, School of Nursing
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)