Monica L. Baskin, Ph.D.

Professor of Preventive Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Research Interests

Culturally-relevant behavioral interventions for:

  • Cancer prevention and control

  • Obesity prevention and treatment

Minority health and Health Disparities

Community-Based Participatory Research

Intersection of Health and Place

Educational Background

Emory University School of Medicine, Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2000

Georgia State University, Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, 1999

Emory University School of Medicine, Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship (APA Approved), 1998-1999

Georgia State University, Master of Science in Community Counseling, 1994

Emory University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, 1992

Professional Activities

Jefferson County Place Matters Team

Birmingham-Jefferson County Food Policy Council

African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN)

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Public Health Association (APHA)

Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)

Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)

The Obesity Society

NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention (PRDP) Study Section

American Journal of Health Behavior - Journal Review Board

In the News news article 50 years after Birmingham Campaign, race, neighborhood condition create health inequities, study finds

Selected Recent Publications

Campbell, M. K., Carr, C., Blackeney, N., Resnicow, K., & Baskin, M. Church-based health promotion interventions: Evidence base and lessons learned. Annual Review of Public Health, 28:213-234, 2007.

Durant, N., Baskin, M. L., Thomas, O., & Allison, D. B. School-Based Obesity Treatment and Prevention Programs: All in All, Just Another Brick in the Wall? Int J Obes, 32(12),1747-51, 2008.

Baskin, M. L., Zunker, C., Worley, C. B., Dial, B., & Kimbrough, L. Design and Implementation of a Pilot Obesity Prevention Program in a Low-Resource School: Lessons Learned and Research Recommendations. Hlth Educ Journal, 109(1), 66-85, 2009.

Ard, J. D., Chaney, S., Desmond, R., Sutton, B., Cox, T. L., Butsch, W. S., Allison, D. B., Franklin, F., Baskin, M. L. Fruit and vegetable pricing by demographic factors in the Birmingham, Alabama metropolitan area, 2004-2005. Preventing Chronic Disease., 7 (4), A 78, 2010. PMCID: PMC2901576

Baskin ML, Ayoob KT, Jain A, Rao G, & Woodford SJ. Improving access to care for African-American and Latino children and adolescents: barriers and opportunities. A roundtable discussion. Childhood Obesity, 6(4), 177-83, 2010

Baskin, M. L., Gary, L., Schoenberger, Y-M, Scarinci, I., Hardy, C., Fouad, M. & Partridge, E. Factors associated with retention of African American women in a community walking program. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2011 Jan-Feb;35(1):40-50, 2011. PMCID: PMC3086025


2007 Jefferson County Health Department Public Health Hero Award

2005 UAB Minority Health Research Center, Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Award

2005 UAB Clinical Nutrition Research Center Named New Investigator Award

2002-2006 National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar Award

Current Research Projects

Identifying Youth-Led Consumer Advocacy Strategies to Achieve Food Marketing Equity in Black Communities (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/University of Pennsylvania)

The goal of this study is to identify approaches to consumer advocacy in which black youth seek to improve commercial food marketing environments in their communities through deliberate and organized action.

CNP Center for Deep South Network for Cancer Control (National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute)

The full research project of this U54 grant focuses on testing the efficacy of evidence-based community strategies in support of a weight-loss program among overweight African American women in the Deep South.

Sociocultural Influences on Dietary Intake Among Black Women in the Deep South (National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities)

The goal of this R01 study examines the perceived influence of sociocultural factors in the dietary intake of African American women living in Alabama and Mississippi.