Mentoring Awards

The MHRC Training Program relies on dedicated mentors who go above and beyond to help guide young investigators in the field of health disparities research.

The MHRC invites students, scholars, alumni, and MHRC Research Award recipients to nominate candidates for the Excellence in Mentoring Award. The $500 award recognizes faculty members who not only have provided outstanding mentoring but have contributed substantially to the career development and retention of students and scholars.

Faculty members eligible for consideration are those who mentor an undergraduate or graduate student, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty scholars, or grant recipients. Previous Excellence in Mentoring Award recipients are eligible to be nominated again, to encourage continued excellence. Three mentors will be selected to receive this award to be presented at the annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium.

Please use the nomination form to nominate your mentor. Send nominations to Ann Smith at

Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipients

Please select a year below to view winners. 


Chasity Bradford, PhD
Tuskegee University
Assistant Professor, Biology
Nominated by: Kennedy Harris, TU

Markus Bredel, MD, PhD
Professor and Sharon A. Spencer Distinguished Endowed Chair in Translational Radiation Oncology
Nominated by: Zachary White, UAB | Currently at University of South Alabama

Sigrid Ladores, PhD, RN, PNP, CNE
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Nominated by: Leigh Ann Bray, PhD, UAB


Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD
UAB School of Health Professions
Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences
Nominated by: Jennifer Bail, PhD, RN, at UAB

Brian M. Rivers, PhD, MPH
Morehouse School of Medicine
Director, Cancer Health Equity Institute
Nominated by Zakiya Haji-Noor and Ashley Ojeaga, MPH at MSM


Henry E. Wang, MD, MS, MPH
UAB School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Nominated by: Allison Jones, PhD, MS, at UAB

Clayton Yates, PhD
Tuskegee University
Department of Biology and Center for Cancer Research
Nominated by: Anusha Angajala and Tewodros Endalew at Tuskegee University


Marie A. Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP
for mentoring J. Nick Dionne-Odom, PhD

Roberta M. Troy, PhD
Tuskegee University
for mentoring Devin Jacob and the Tuskegee University Summer Cancer Research Training Program participants

Danielle K. Powell, MD, MSPH
for mentoring Edinam Kokutse


Turner Overton, MD
UAB School of Medicine
for mentoring Ricardo Franco, MD


Lourdes Sanchez-Lopez, PhD
UAB School of Arts and Sciences
for mentoring Jonathan Casiano

Monika Safford, MD
UAB School of Medicine
for mentoring Haiyan Qu, PhD


Andrea Cherrington, MD, MPH
UAB School of Medicine
for mentoring Amanda Willig, PhD

John C. Higgenbotham, PhD, MPH
UA Department of Community and Rural Medicine
for mentoring Leah Yerby, PhD

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD
UAB School of Health Professions
for mentoring Krista Casazza, PhD, RD


Felix Aikhionbare, PhD
Morehouse School of Medicine
for mentoring Gregory Adams, Jr.

Linda Moneyham, DNS, RN, FAAN
UAB School of Nursing
for mentoring Comfort Enah, PhD and Carrie Ann Long Gakumo, PhD

Nefertiti Durant, MD, MPH
UAB Department of Pediatrics
for mentoring Chelsea Marion


Maja Altarac, MDMPH, PhD
UAB Health Care Organization & Policy
for mentoring Keokunthea Dy, MPH

Upender Manne, MS, PhD
UAB Pathlogy
for mentoring Harvey L. Bumpers, MD, FACS

Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN
UAB School of Nursing
for mentoring Angela Jukkala, PhD, RN


David B. Allison, PhD
UAB Biostatistics
for mentoring Olivia Thomas, PhD

Jose Fernandez, PhD
UAB Nutrition Sciences-Physiology & Metabolism
for mentoring Akilah Dulun Keita, PhD, Krista Casazza, PhD, Dana Marie Thomas, PhD and Jennifer Williams

Sheri Spaine Long, PhD
UAB Foreign Languages
for mentoring Lorena Vasquez


Edward W. Hook, MD
UAB Medicine
for mentoring Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD

James A. Mobley, PhD
UAB Surgery for mentoring Senait Asmellash, PhD

Isabel Scarinci, Phd, MPH
UAB Preventive Medicine
for mentoring Lorena Loran-Pothuisje