Department of Health Behavior

Department of Health Behavior Welcomes New Faculty Appointees

Five faculty members were newly appointed to the Department of Health Behavior in this academic year.

Rush FousheeHerman Foushee Jr. holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has served as the Director of the Survey Research Unit in the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health since 2000. Dr. Foushee teaches survey research methods along with research and evaluation methods. His research interests include these areas and environmental health, disaster preparedness and response, and health behavior.
Dr. Robin Lanzi received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from UAB and an MPH in maternal and child health here in the SOPH. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Civitan International Research Center in Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental and Related Disabilities (LEND). Dr. Lanzi’s research activities center around three major themes: the development of new research methodologies and strategies to understand and reduce health disparities; the use of technology to improve the health and well-being of children and families; and the prevention of child maltreatment and the importance of perceptions of parenting responsibilities. She brings experience in teaching a broad range of research and developmental science courses.
Dr. Wynne Norton received a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Norton’s research and teaching interests include the determinants and dynamics of HIV transmission and antiretroviral adherence behavior; HIV testing, linkage, and retention in care;  designing and evaluating theory-based behavior change interventions; and Implementation science
Dr. Dorothy Pekmezi received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University and then completed a two-year, NIH-funded cardiovascular behavioral medicine postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. Her research interests are in chronic disease prevention, physical activity promotion, health communications and health disparities. She will be teaching the Health Behavior Core Course next year.
Dr. Cathy Simpson is a clinical psychologist with a degree from Auburn University, with post doctoral training from the University of Kentucky and UAB. She conducts research on HIV/AIDS and decision making/risk behavior and in the areas of substance abuse and rural health. She plans to develop courses in one or more of these areas.