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Monica L. Baskin, PhD

Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine
Medical Towers 618
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 975-5704
Fax: (205) 934-7959

Research Interests

  • Culturally-relevant behavioral interventions for:
    (1) cancer prevention and control
    (2) obesity prevention and treatment
  • Minority health and health disparities
  • Community-based Participatory Research
  • Intersection of health and place

Educational Background

  • Emory University School of Medicine, Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2000
  • Georgia State University, Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, 1999
  • Emory University School of Medicine, Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship (APA Approved), 1998-1999
  • Georgia State University, Master of Science in Community Counseling, 1994
  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, 1992

Professional Activities

  • Jefferson County Place Matters Team
  • Birmingham-Jefferson County Food Policy Council
  • African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
  • The Obesity Society
  • NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention (PRDP) Study Section
  • American Journal of Health Behavior - Journal Review Board

Selected Recent Publications

  • Campbell, M. K., Carr, C., Blackeney, N., Resnicow, K., & Baskin, M. Church-based health promotion interventions: Evidence base and lessons learned. Annual Review of Public Health, 28:213-234, 2007.
  • Durant, N., Baskin, M. L., Thomas, O., & Allison, D. B. School-Based Obesity Treatment and Prevention Programs: All in All, Just Another Brick in the Wall? Int J Obes, 32(12),1747-51, 2008.
  • Baskin, M. L., Zunker, C., Worley, C. B., Dial, B., & Kimbrough, L. Design and Implementation of a Pilot Obesity Prevention Program in a Low-Resource School: Lessons Learned and Research Recommendations. Hlth Educ Journal, 109(1), 66-85, 2009.
  • Ard, J. D., Chaney, S., Desmond, R., Sutton, B., Cox, T. L., Butsch, W. S., Allison, D. B., Franklin, F., Baskin, M. L. Fruit and vegetable pricing by demographic factors in the Birmingham, Alabama metropolitan area, 2004-2005. Preventing Chronic Disease., 7 (4), A 78, 2010. PMCID: PMC2901576
  • Baskin ML, Ayoob KT, Jain A, Rao G, & Woodford SJ. Improving access to care for African-American and Latino children and adolescents: barriers and opportunities. A roundtable discussion. Childhood Obesity, 6(4), 177-83, 2010
  • Baskin, M. L., Gary, L., Schoenberger, Y-M, Scarinci, I., Hardy, C., Fouad, M. & Partridge, E. Factors associated with retention of African American women in a community walking program. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2011 Jan-Feb;35(1):40-50, 2011. PMCID: PMC3086025


  • 2007 Jefferson County Health Department Public Health Hero Award
  • 2005 UAB Minority Health and Research Center, Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Award
  • 2005 UAB Clinical Nutrition Research Center Named New Investigator Award
  • 2002-2006 National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar Award

Current Research Projects

  • Identifying Youth-Led Consumer Advocacy Strategies to Achieve Food Marketing Equity in Black Communities (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/University of Pennsylvania): The goal of this study is to identify approaches to consumer advocacy in which black youth seek to improve commercial food marketing environments in their communities through deliberate and organized action.
  • CNP Center for Deep South Network for Cancer Control (National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute): The full research project of this U54 grant focuses on testing the efficacy of evidence-based community strategies in support of a weight-loss program among overweight African American women in the Deep South.
  • Sociocultural Influences on Dietary Intake Among Black Women in the Deep South (National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities): The goal of this R01 study examines the perceived influence of sociocultural factors in the dietary intake of African American women living in Alabama and Mississippi