Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 623
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205)934-2924

Research Interests

Dr. Bateman examines health and illness in the context of social structure. She is particularly interested in how the social determinants of health impact racial/ethnic health disparities and designing interventions to decrease them. She also explores the ways in which narrative informs the perspectives of both patients and providers and how this influences provider-patient communication.

Educational Background

  • 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Training, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine
  • 2014 Ph.D., Medical Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2005 Master of Arts in Religion, Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • 1992 Dietetic Internship (AP4 Program), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • 1991 Master of Science in Education (Wellness Promotion), Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • 1990 Bachelor of Arts, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee

Professional Activities

  • Southern Sociological Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities


  • Fellow, Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEAL) Institute, 2017
  • Health Disparities Research Training Program (Mentor, Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH), 2015
  • Louisiana Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, 1997

Current Research Projects

Projects as Principal Investigator:
  • NOBLE Innovations for Community Based Crime Reduction- Bessemer (Funding Source: US Department of Justice)
  • YES! We can PLAY: A Physical Activity and Nutrition After-School Program for 6th Graders (Funding source: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health)
  • Examining a culturally relevant patient-level intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening in Egypt (Funding Source: Sparkman Center for Global Health Pilot Award)
Projects as Investigator:
  • Alabama Community-Engagement Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in Disproportionately Affected Communities (Alabama CEAL) (Funding Source: NIH/RTI International)
  • Obesity Health Disparities Research Center (U54) Supplement – Regional Expansion Project 1: Adapting an Evidence-Based Physical Activity and Nutrition Intervention for Community Implementation (Funding Source: NIMHD/NIH)
  • Egypt-UAB Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Colorectal Cancer Research (Funding Source: National Academy of Sciences)