Assistant Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 617
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-1724
Fax: (205) 934-7959

Research Interests

  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Communications technology, with particular interest in mobile technology
  • Health disparities
  • Health communications


Educational Background

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy, Concentration in Health Education and Health Promotion, May, 2005
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, Master of Public Health, Concentration in International Health and Epidemiology, June, 2001
  • University of South Alabama, School of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, June, 1999
  • University of South Alabama, School of Allied Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, June, 1997


Professional Memberships/Activities

  • Associate Scientist, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Scholar, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Member, Society for Clinical and Translational Science; Society for Public Health Education; American Public Health Association
  • Reviewer, Cancer, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Social Science & Medicine, Health Promotion Practice American, Journal of Health Behavior, Health Education Research Journal



  • 2011-2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program (LRP). National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).
  • 2008-2009 Health Disparities Research Training Scholars Award Program. Mentor: Isabel Scarinci, PhD.
  • 2008 NCI Cancer Health Disparities Summit 2008 Travel Award Recipient.
  • 2006 UAB Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award. Mentor: Connie Kohler, DrPH and John Waterbor, MS, MD, DrPH.
  • 2006 Selected Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, An honorary society for graduate studies in public health.
  • 2006 Travel award recipient to attend the 2nd Biennial Career Development Workshop to Increase Diversity in Research Funding. Palm Springs, CA.
  • 2006 Student Travel Scholarship to Kentucky Conference on Health Communication:
    Emerging Trends in Health Communication. Lexington, KY.
  • 2003, 2005 UAB School of Public Health Braggin’ Dragon Award, honors accomplishments in public health at UAB.
  • 2005 Nominated for Award for Student Excellence in Public Health Practice which recognizes and rewards student comprehension, application, and growth regarding public health practice.
  • 2005 Nominated to present at the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health Academic Poster Session at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2004 Received travel support to attend Minority Investigator Career Development Workshop. Palm Springs, CA.
  • 2002 Received UAB Graduate Student Association Travel Award to attend American Public Health Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA.