Leadership

Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHS

Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHS

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

In addition to serving as Director of the COERE, Dr. Mugavero serves as Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Training Academy and Co-Director of 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 the peer review literature, and 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, K12, KL2, K23, 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.

Rebecca A. Reamey, MA, PhD

Rebecca A. Reamey, MA, PhD

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

Dr. Becky Reamey has over 18 years of experience in curriculum design, program management, and teaching. She has a background in higher education student development with an emphasis in professional and workforce development. Her post-doctoral work was done at the University of Alabama in the Division of Community Affairs, Center for Community-Based Partnerships. In her current role, Dr. Reamey has developed the LEAD leadership development program and the Grant Writing Intensive (GRIT) cohort program. Her vision for the first Translational Training Symposium brought together over 85 investigators from across the CCTS Partner Network to train, network, and collaborate. She has developed curriculum and learning outcomes for the three of the regularly scheduled seminar training series offered by CCTS. She regularly speaks to groups about networking, presentation skills, team dynamics, and preparing grants. As Deputy Director of COERE, Dr. Reamey is excited to work with many researchers across UAB for training, education, and learning health system.

Alia Tunagur

Alia Tunagur

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

Alia Tunagur has a background in program and non-profit development. In her previous roles, Ms. Tunagur worked directly with patients and healthcare professionals to develop programs and educational material. She also has experience in marketing and communications as well as data analysis and process development.

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.

Faith E. Fletcher, PhD, MA

Faith E. Fletcher, PhD, MA

Associate Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior

School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Faith E. Fletcher, PhD, MA is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health in the Department of Health Behavior. The overall goal of Dr. Fletcher’s research program is to develop and implement social and behavioral research to address inequities in health care and research engagement among marginalized and stigmatized populations. Dr. Fletcher holds multiple affiliations and fellowship awards, including a recent Society of Family Planning Changemakers Award, Fordham University Research Ethics Training Institute Invited Faculty, and Hastings Center Senior Advisor. To date, her research has been funded through the University of Illinois at Chicago Program for Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women's Health Research K12 Fellowship, Fordham University’s Research Ethics Training Institute, Society of Family Planning, Center for AIDS Research, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Program, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Dissertation Program (R36). For her commitment to health disparities and social justice, Dr. Fletcher was a 2017 recipient of the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award. Her educational background includes a BS in Biology from Tuskegee University; MA in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society from Michigan State University; and PhD in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Fletcher also completed a National Cancer Institute R25T-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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)