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Adams, Natalie

professor, instructional leadership and social foundations of education department of educational leadership, policy, and technology studies 205/348-1161 (o) Women’s issues, gender issues in education, middle school transition, cheerleading      

Bissell, Kimberly

associate dean for research, College of Communication and Information Sciences Director, Institute for Communication and Information Research 205/348-1235 Spin, boot camp, weight training, zumba, children running 5Ks, children running half marathons, fun ways for children to get physically active

Black, Sheila

associate professor of psychology 205/348-8648 Psychology, cognitive aging, how memory and cognitive processes change with age, aging/elderly

Blum, Alan

Professor and the Gerald Leon Wallace Chair in Family Medicine 205/348-1372 (o) Dr. Blum is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on tobacco and its effects on society. A renowned family medicine educator, practitioner and innovator, Blum founded, in 1977, DOC (Doctors Ought to Care), a national non-profit organization assisting in school health education and in community […]

Cevasco, Andrea

assistant professor of music therapy 205/348-7804 Music therapy, treatment of infants

Clark, Chandra

instructor of telecommunication and film Local, state and national media; media decision-making; impact of social media in news gathering; marketing of news outlets through social media; distracted driving by teens; distracted driving by adults

Cummings, Meredith

director, Alabama Scholastic Press Association and Multicultural Journalism Workshop 205/348-2772

Curtner-Smith, Mary Liz

associate professor of human development and family studies 205/348-8151 (o), 205/333-5964 (h) Children who are bullies, Children in divorced families, Children’s health, Helping adolescents make decisions about wearing makeup, Dating, Corporal punishment

Garner, Margaret

associate professor of family medicine; assistant dean for health education & outreach 205/348-2880 A clinical nutritionist, Garner’s interests include: children’s health, eating disorders, diet, obesity, weight-reduction methods, obese children, dietary management of diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, cardiovascular disease, making the most of fast foods and convenience products; nutrition and wellness  

Grace, Andrew

director, documenting justice, telecommunication and film department 205/348-8245 Druid City Garden Project, reasons for urban agriculture

Gray, Jeff

associate professor of computer science 205/348-2847 (o) Computer science education, software engineering, mobile app development Dr. Jeff Gray is a national leader in computer science education. With several National Science Foundation grants, Gray has worked with the College Board and Google to craft a new Advanced Placement computer-science course designed to increase secondary and […]

Griffin, Darrin J.

 Dr. Darrin J. Griffin Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies Office phone: 205/632-0777 Email: Areas of expertise: Lying, & Deception; Deafness; Instructional Communication

Hamilton, James

associate professor of psychology 205/348-0189 Hamilton studies medical illness behavior, with a particular focus on excessive or gratuitous illness behavior.

Karr, Charles L.

dean, College of Engineering 205/348-6405 (o) Engineering education, Aerospace engineering, Math education for engineering

Lane, Ralph

professor of human nutrition 205/348-8128 (o), 205/348-6157 (o), 205/333-1141 (h) Children’s health, Children’s nutrition, Food, Cereals, Beverages, Breakfast cereals, Sugar in beverages, Halloween, Candy and healthy holiday treats

Leeper, James

professor of community and rural medicine 205/348-1355 Rural medicine, infant mortality, teen suicide, children’s health

Lochman, John

professor and Doddridge Saxon Chair of Clinical Psychology 205/348-7678 (o) Dr. Lochman is the director of the Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems. He has authored more than 210 scientific articles, chapters and books, and this work has primarily focused on the causes and consequences of highly aggressive behavior in childhood. He also is a […]

Naidoo, Jamie

associate and Foster-EBSCO endowed professor, School of Library and Information Studies 205/348-1518

Neggers, Yasmin

professor of human nutrition 205/348-4706 (o), 205/348-6157 (o), 205/553-5744 (h) Zinc supplements and pregnancy outcomes, Food

Nelson-Gardell, Debra

associate professor of social work 205/348-2990 (o) Child/adolescent sexual abuse, Homelessness, Family social work

Nelson, Mark

Dean of The College of Communication and Information Sciences professor of communication studies

Olin, Robert F.

dean, College of Arts and Sciences 205/348-5972 Liberal arts education, graduate programs in arts and sciences, education/higher education, use of technology in student learning

Parker, Michael

associate professor of social work 205/348-6766 (o) Elder care, Aging, Caregivers, Long-distance caregiving

Pederson, Joshua

Title: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Research Area: Relational and Family Communication Specialities: family relationships, romantic relationships, conflict, bullying, coping, support, relational repair, apologies, forgiveness, divorce, personal networks Contact: Email:; Phone: 205/632-0501

Pryce, Josephine

associate professor of social work 205/348-5405 (o) Social work with military families, Compassion fatigue, Secondary traumatic stress

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