Sparkman Scholars are part of a recognized network of UAB faculty working in the areas of global health and development. This network aims to facilitate developing new collaborations with colleagues across campus, as well as making linkages with students interested in global health and development. Sparkman Scholars will have the opportunity to serve as mentors to students from among a select group of students who will apply to become Sparkman Fellows through a competitive process.  Faculty members in the field of global health and development who would like to expand their work may apply for the Sparkman Scholar designation through the application here. We hope many of you will join us in this exciting initiative!

Suzanne Austin, PhD

Suzanne Austin, PhD

Suzanne Austin, PhD
School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Geographic Experience: Mexico, Central America and the Andes
Focus Area: Historical Demography and Epidemiology
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Lori Bateman, PhD

Lori Bateman, PhD

Lori Bateman, PhD
School of Medicine, Division of Preventative Medicine
Geographic Experience: Egypt
Focus Area: Colon cancer screening, socio-cultural and demographic factors; utilization
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Robert Blanton, PhD

Robert Blanton, PhD

Robert Blanton, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Government
Geographic Experience: Cross-National
Focus Area: Human rights, labor rights, human trafficking, workplace safety
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Erica Bjornstad, MD, MPH

Erica Bjornstad, MD, MPH

Erica Bjornstad, MD, MPH
School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Geographic Experience: Malawi, Tanzania
Focus Area: Acute Kidney Injury, Nephrology, Epidemiology
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Henna Budhwani, PhD

Henna Budhwani, PhD

Henna Budhwani, PhD
School of Public Health, Department of Health Car Organization and Policy
Geographic Experience: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Eastern Caribbean Islands, Cameroon
Focus Area: Health disparities and health equity, global health, stigma reduction
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Leandra Celaya, MSc

Leandra Celaya, MSc

Celaya Leandra, MSc
School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration
Geographic Experience: Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and Honduras
Focus Area: Healthcare Management Education
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Renato Corbetta, PhD

Renato Corbetta, PhD

Renato Corbetta, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Government
Geographic Experience:
Focus Area: Research methodology, international relations, major power states in international politics and international law
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Loretta Cormier, PhD

Loretta Cormier, PhD

Loretta Cormier, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
Geographic Experience: Historical ecology, ethnoprimatology, ethnohistorical research
Focus Area: Brazil
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Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE

Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE

Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE
School of Nursing
Geographic Experience: Canada, Denmark, Philippines, Ghana
Focus Area: Impact of nurse mitigation on the cost of health care, nursing and global health
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Jodie Dionne-Odom, MD

Jodie Dionne-Odom, MD

Jodie Dionne-Odom, MD
School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Geographic Experience: Cameroon
Focus Area: HIV and coinfections in pregnancy
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Paul Erwin, MD, DrPH

Paul Erwin, MD, DrPH

Paul Erwin, MD, DrPH
School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
Geographic Experience: Cuba, China, England
Focus Area: Health systems
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Eric Ford, PhD, MPH

Eric Ford, PhD, MPH

Eric Ford, PhD, MPH
School of Public Health, Health Care Organization and Policy
Geographic Experience: China
Focus Area: Improving organization and inforamtion management, healthcare management
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Marcela Frazier, OD, MPH, FAAO

Marcela Frazier, OD, MPH, FAAO

Marcela Frazier, OD, MPH, FAAO
School of Optometry
Geographic Experience:
Focus Area: Educational interventions for improving eye care and health care in the Hispanic community
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Meredith Gartin, PhD, MA

Meredith Gartin, PhD, MA

Meredith Gartin, PhD
School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
Geographic Experience: Latin America, South Pacific, and US immigrant/refugees
Focus Area: Globalization and health; Food and water security; Climate change; Migration and refugee health
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Achala Gunasekara-Rockwell, PhD, MA

Achala Gunasekara-Rockwell, PhD, MA

Achala Gunasekara-Rockwell, PhD
UAB INTO
Geographic Experience: Sri Lanka
Focus Area: Languages and cultures of Asia and improving educational opportunities in South Asian communities, especially among young girls and physicially disable children
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Akhlaque Haque, PhD

Akhlaque Haque, PhD

Akhlaque Haque, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Government
Geographic Experience: Bangladesh
Focus Area: Big Data, social justice, and public health data. Geographic information systems (GIS) and health related applications of GIS
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Hasan Ragib, PhD

Hasan Ragib, PhD

Hasan Ragib, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Computer Science
Geographic Experience: Bangladesh
Focus Area: Provided free online courses to rural and disadvantaged students in Bangladesh and India, and online learning programs through YouTube
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Kristine Ria Hearld, PhD

Kristine Ria Hearld, PhD

Kristine Ria Hearld, PhD
School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration
Geographic Experience:
Focus Area: Health care of vulnerable populations, global health, maternal and child health, health disparities, and mental health outcomes
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Zdenek Hel, PhD

Zdenek Hel, PhD

Zdenek Hel, PhD
School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Geographic Experience: South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Czech Republic
Focus Area: HIV/AIDS research, Pathology, Molecular Pathology, Immunology, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer
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S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH

S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH

S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH
School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration
Geographic Experience: Armenia, Western and Central Europe, Russia, Saudi Arabia
Focus Area: Management and leadership development, healthcare management research
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Nataliya Ivankova, PhD, MPH

Nataliya Ivankova, PhD, MPH

Nataliya Ivankova, PhD, MPH
School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration
Geographic Experience: No specific area, generally international
Focus Area: Qualitative inquirt, mixed-methods research, community-based and action research implementation science and translational research
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Elizabeth Jackson, MD, MPH

Elizabeth Jackson, MD, MPH

Elizabeth Jackson, MD, MPH
School of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Disease
Geographic Experience: Kenya
Focus Area: Cardiovascular prevention, digital health, women's health
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Grace Jepkemboi, PhD

Grace Jepkemboi, PhD

Grace Jepkemboi, PhD
School of Education, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Geographic Experience: Kenya, Swaziland, Jamaica
Focus Area: Psychosocial aspects on Children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS, HIV /AIDS and Adolescents population
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James Michael Johnston, MD

James Michael Johnston, MD

James Michael Johnston, MD
School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery
Geographic Experience: Vietnam, Ghana
Focus Area: Surgical Training and Capacity Building; Pediatric Neurosurgery; Hydrocephalus; Spina Bifida; Brain Trauma; Surgical Outcomes/Education; Craniofacial Surgery; Brain Tumors
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Pauline Jolly, PhD, MPH

Pauline Jolly, PhD, MPH

Pauline Jolly, PhD
School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Geographic Experience: Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Guatemala, Tanzania, Peru
Focus Area: HIV/AIDS, STIs, Genetics of hypertension, Complementary/Alternative Medicine use for Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cervical cancer screening and prevention
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Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD, MPH

Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD, MPH

Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD, MPH
School of Nursing
Geographic Experience: Nepal
Focus Area: Infextions disease, HIV/AIDS
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Andrzej Kulczycki, PhD, MSc

Andrzej Kulczycki, PhD, MSc

Andrzej Kulczycki, PhD, MSc
School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
Geographic Experience: Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Lebanon, Mexico and Poland
Focus Area: Reproductive health; Behavior and policy; Demography and population studies; Maternal and early child health; Vaccination and primary health care, health service delivery, and health policy
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Chris Kyle, PhD

Chris Kyle, PhD

Chris Kyle, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
Geographic Experience: Mexico
Focus Area: Criminal violence and Narcotics, production, trafficking, use, and the associated violence
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Jayme Locke, MD, MPH, FACS

Jayme Locke, MD, MPH, FACS

Jayme Locke, MD, MPH, FACS
School of Medicine, Division of Transplantation
Geographic Experience: South Africa
Focus Area: transplant of incompatible organs, and HIV-infected end-stage patients
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Ada Markai, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC

Ada Markai, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC

Ada Markai, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC
School of Nursing
Geographic Experience: Latin American and Caribbean Region, Greece
Focus Area: Health systems research in primary health care; collaborative practice; compassionate care; organ donation
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Lynn Matthews, MD, MPH

Lynn Matthews, MD, MPH

Lynn Matthews, MD, MPH
School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Geographic Experience: South Africa, Uganda
Focus Area: HIV prevention and disclosure, reproductive health, safer conception, reproductive rights, women's health
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Stacy Moak, JD, PhD

Stacy Moak, JD, PhD

Stacy Moak, JD, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social Work
Geographic Experience: Nairobi and Maasai Mara, Kenya
Focus Area: Clean water, sustainable agriculture, education in orphanages, feminine hygiene produces to adolescent girls to promote education, and promoting policies to end the process of female genital mutilation in the Maasai culture
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David Morris, PT, PhD

David Morris, PT, PhD

David Morris, PT, PhD
School of Health Professions, Deaprtment of Physical Therapy
Geographic Experience:
Focus Area: Physical therapy
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Phillip Musa, PhD

Phillip Musa, PhD

Phillip Musa, PhD
Collat School of Business, Department of Management Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
Geographic Experience: Sub-Saharan Africa and other low resource regions
Focus Area: IT diffusion/adoption; Public Health Disease Surveillance and Containment; Health Equity and Access; IT for Development, IT Preparedness for Telemedicine, etc.
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Lynn Nichols, PhD, RN

Lynn Nichols, PhD, RN

Lynn Nichols, PhD, RN
School of Nursing
Geographic Experience: Haiti and Thailand
Focus Area: Sustainable development goals and social determinants of health; interprofessional teamwork
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Tina Kempin-Reuter, PhD

Tina Kempin-Reuter, PhD

Tina Kempin-Reuter, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences
Geographic Experience: Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Kenya, Peru
Focus Area: Human rights, ethnic conflict and conflict resolution, peace studies, international politics/law
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Brandon Rocque, MD, MS

Brandon Rocque, MD, MS

Brandon Rocque, MD, MS
School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery
Geographic Experience: Vietnam
Focus Area: Neurosurgical education, hydrocephalus inciden and treatment, epilepsy surgery program development
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Christina Rodriguez, PhD

Christina Rodriguez, PhD

Christina Rodriguez, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Geographic Experience: Spain, Peru
Focus Area: Parenting, child abuse, intimate partner violence
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Martin Rodriguez, PhD

Martin Rodriguez, PhD

Martin Rodriguez, PhD
School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Geographic Experience: Peru
Focus Area: Tropical diseases including malaria, tuberculosis, metabolic complications in HIV; education interventions in Infectious Diseases for developing countries
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Cynthia Ryan, PhD

Cynthia Ryan, PhD

Cynthia Ryan, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
Geographic Experience: India, Nepal, Zambia, Poland, The Netherlands
Focus Area: Medical rhetoric
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Michael Saag, MD

Michael Saag, MD

Michael Saag, MD
School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Geographic Experience: Zambia
Focus Area: HIV/AIDS
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Mansoor Saleh, MD

Mansoor Saleh, MD

Mansoor Saleh, MD
School of Medicine
Geographic Experience: Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia
Focus Area: Global oncology, clinical investigator training, clinical trials, overcoming barriers to cancer care and cancer clinical trials
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Nalini Sathiakumar, MD, DrPH

Nalini Sathiakumar, MD, DrPH

Nalini Sathiakumar, MD, DrPH
School of Public Health, Deaprtment of Epidemiology
Geographic Experience: Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka
Focus Area: Cancer and infectious disease epidemiology
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Isabel Scarinci, PhD

Isabel Scarinci, PhD

Isabel Scarinci, PhD
School of Medicine, Division of Preventative Medicine
Geographic Experience: Brazil, Colombia, Sri Lanka
Focus Area: Tobacco control, cervical cancer prevention and control
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David Schwebel, PhD

David Schwebel, PhD

David Schwebel, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Geographic Experience: China, Iran, Uganda, Canada
Focus Area: Child and adolescent unintentional injury
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Lisa Sharlach, PhD

Lisa Sharlach, PhD

Lisa Sharlach, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Geographic Experience: South Africa, Rwanda, North Korea, India
Focus Area: Violence against women
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Sadeep Shrestha, PhD

Sadeep Shrestha, PhD

Sadeep Shrestha, PhD
School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Geographic Experience: Nepal
Focus Area: Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, women's health, HPV and HPV-related cancer, reproductive health
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Magdalena Szaflarski, PhD

Magdalena Szaflarski, PhD

Magdalena Szaflarski, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
Geographic Experience: Eastern Europe, former USSR/Russia
Focus Area: Immigrant health, HIV, mental/behavioral health, neurological diseases, and comparative health care systems, faith-based community factors in HIV prevention and care
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Meghan Tipre, DrPH

Meghan Tipre, DrPH

Meghan Tipre, DrPH
School of Medicine, Deaprtment of Preventative Medicine
Geographic Experience: South Asia
Focus Area: Fly ash exposure, Indoor air pollution, Outdoor air pollution, Environmental health
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Bulent Turan, PhD, MA

Bulent Turan, PhD, MA

Bulent Turan, PhD, MA
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Geographic Experience: Turkey
Focus Area: Mechanisms underlying the relationship between social bonds and well-being across the life-span, stigma and discrimination
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Janet Turan, PhD, MPH

Janet Turan, PhD, MPH

Janet Turan, PhD, MPH
School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
Geographic Experience: Kenya, Turkey, Eritrea, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Jordan, and Egypt
Focus Area: Maternal and child health (MCH) in low-resource settings; Stigma as it relates to a variety of reproductive health conditions/services, including abortion, obstetric fistula, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence
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Barbara Van Der Pol, PhD

Barbara Van Der Pol, PhD

Barbara Van Der Pol, PhD
School of Medicine
Geographic Experience: Sub-Saharan Africa and Caribbean
Focus Area: STI's and HIV
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R. Marty Vander Noot, MD

R. Marty Vander Noot, MD

R. Marty Vander Noot, MD
School of Medicine
Geographic Experience: Peru, Kenya, Cambodia
Focus Area: Tropical Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Ultrasound Utilization
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Michael Vinikoor, MD

Michael Vinikoor, MD

Michael Vinikoor, MD
School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Geographic Experience: Zambia
Focus Area: HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, alcohol misues, mental health, implementation science
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Ursula Wesselmann, MD, PhD

Ursula Wesselmann, MD, PhD

Ursula Wesselmann, MD, PhD
School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Periopertaive Medicine, Division of Pain Medicine
Geographic Experience: Asian
Focus Area: Pain and racial health disparities
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Amanda Willig, PhD

Amanda Willig, PhD

Amanda Willig, PhD
School of Medicine, Department of Infectious Disease
Geographic Experience: Zambia, Panama
Focus Area: Nutrition and Exercise interventions, HIV and TB, education of health professionals
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Craig Wilson, MD

Craig Wilson, MD

Craig Wilson, MD
School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Geographic Experience: Zambia, Ethiopia
Focus Area: HIV/AIDS, Healthcare workforce development and use of IT innovations to deliver educational content
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Nabiha Yusuf, PhD

Nabiha Yusuf, PhD

Nabiha Yusuf, PhD
School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology
Geographic Experience:
Focus Area: Cancer and infectious disease
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Majd Zayzafoon, MD, PhD

Majd Zayzafoon, MD, PhD

Majd Zayzafoon, MD, PhD
School of Medicine
Geographic Experience: China, Taiwan, Central America, Middle East
Focus Area: International human trafficking
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