Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 638
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-5685
Fax: (205) 934-7959

Research Interests

  • Harnessing social behavioral data to inform cardiometabolic disease intervention targets
  • Obesity and diabetes related social and structural determinants of health measurement
  • Social determinants of health and risk prediction
  • Social behavioral phenotypes specific to obesity and diabetes

Educational Background

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Doctor of Philosophy, Health Behavior, 12/2015
  • The University of Memphis, Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling, 05/2005
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bachelor of Science, Honors in Psychology, 06/1998

Professional Membership / Activities

  • Mentored Scientist, UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
  • Mentored Scientist, UAB Diabetes Research Center (DRC)
  • The Obesity Society
  • Sedentary Behaviour Research Network


  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program award recipient, National Cancer Institute, 2019
  • Selected for membership in the national public health honor society, Delta Omega, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2016

Current Research Projects

  • Social determinants of health, insulin resistance and poor COVID-19 outcomes