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Dr. Demario OverstreetAssistant Professor
Benjamin-Carver FIRST Scientist

Areas of Interest
Health disparities, pain research



Dr. Demario S. Overstreet joined the UAB Department of Surgery in August 2023 as an assistant professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. Dr. Overstreet obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University (AAMU), a historically black college and university (HBCU) located in Normal, Alabama. He then obtained his doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, Dr. Overstreet is a graduate of UAB’s NIH AHRQ-funded HSR T32 pre-doctoral program (2018-2021). After earning his Ph.D., he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine.

Dr. Overstreet is a 2023 recipient of the Benjamin-Carver Scientist Award via the UAB-Tuskegee FIRST award. His research examines the biopsychosocial model of pain, investigating how these factors independently and interactively impact the experience of acute and chronic pain in patients following surgical procedures. Dr. Overstreet will also focus his efforts on identifying the mechanisms that contribute substantially to the disproportionate burden of pain in GI conditions (i.e., colorectal cancer and IBD) in racial minorities, and individuals living in poverty.


Undergraduate Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology
Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University

Graduate School

Masters of Science in Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology
Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University

Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Harvard University/Brigham & Women’s Hospital



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