Previous Grant Recipients


  • Bisakha (Pia) Sen, Ph.D.,(Health Care Organization and Policy) - “State Policies, Sexual Behavior and Health Investments During Pregnancy: An Analysis Using NSFG Data”
  • Michael Kurz, MD MS-HES FACEP (Emergency Medicine) - “Bridging Community Disparities in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest”
  • Tapan Mehta, Ph.D. (Physical Therapy) - “Digging Deeper to Understand the Hispanic Obesity-Mortality Paradox”


  • Justin L. Blackburn, Ph.D., MPH (Health Care Organization and Policy) - “The effectiveness of preventive dental care among Medicaid-enrolled children”
  • Tina Simpson, MD, MPH (Pediatrics) - “Improving HPV Vaccination Among Adolescents in Rural Alabama”


  • Alexander Lo, MD, Ph.D. (Emergency Medicine) - “Improving Care of Heart Failure Patients 80 Years and Older”
  • Julie Preskitt, MSOT, MPH, Ph.D. (Health Care Organization and Policy) - “Medical Home Access and Adequate Insurance for Extremely-Preterm Infants”


  • Amy Landry, Ph.D. (Health Services Administration) - “Validating a Model of Financial Distress in the Nursing Home Sector”
  • Belinda Needham, Ph.D. (Sociology and Social Work) - “Overtreatment in Pediatric Critical Care: A Simulation Study”


  • Lisa Baker, Ph.D. (Sociology and Social Work) - “Disaster Preparedness and Families of Children with Special Healthcare Needs”
  • Mirjam-Colette Kempf, MPH, Ph.D. (Epidemiology) - “Opt-Out HIV Testing Guidelines and their Barriers of Implementation in Alabama”


  • Henry Wang, MD, MPH (Emergency Medicine) - “Risk of Sepsis in Disadvantaged Populations”
  • Bisakha Sen, Ph.D. (HCOP) - “Gasoline Prices & Physical Activity: A Pilot Study with Secondary Data”


  • Julie Locher, Ph.D. (Gerontology, Geriatrics, & Palliative Care) - “Cancer Survivorship: Aging, Comorbidity, & Quality Care”
  • Stephen Mennemeyer, Ph.D. (HCOP) - “Managerial Incentives for Quality of Care in Nonprofit Hospitals”
  • James Raper, DSN, CRNP, JD (Infectious Diseases) - “Alabama AIDS Drug Assistance Program: HRSA, We Have a Problem”


  • Nelda P. Wray, MD, MPH (Preventive Medicine) - “Improving the Evidence Base for Surgery: Groundwork for a Policy Analysis”


  • Lisa Gary, Ph.D. (HCOP) - “The Intersections of Race, Chronic Health Problems and Unmet Health Needs”
  • Maja Altarac, Ph.D., MD (MCH) - “Perinatal Morbidity and Excess Costs Due to Periconceptual Overweight/Obesity”  


  • Tyrone Cheng, Ph.D. (Anthropology and Social Work) - “From Welfare to Working Poor and Beyond: Can Transitional Medicaid Help?”
  • Andrzej Kulczycki, Ph.D. (MCH) - “Provider Perspectives and Beliefs on the Diaphragm”


  • Hamisu Salihu, MD, Ph.D. (MCH) - “Regulating the Number of Embryos Transferred at ART”
  • Rodney Tucker, MD (Palliative Care) - “Informed Consent and Patient Education Prior to ICD Placement”


  • Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc (Preventive Medicine) - “Effect of Homeless Medical Respite Care on Hospital Utilization”
  • Bisakha Sen, Ph.D. (HCOP) - “Maternal Prenatal Substance Use and Behavioral Problems Among Children in the U.S.”


  • Miguel Arguedas, MD, MPH (Medicine) - “Cost-effectiveness of HVPG Measurement for Prophylaxis of Variceal Bleeding”
  • Vivian Ho, Ph.D. (HCOP) - “Certificate of Need and Cardiac Outcomes”
  • Brent Shelton, Ph.D. (Biostatistics) - “Comparing Outcomes Among Non-randomized Treatment Groups”



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