Monica L. Baskin, PhD is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. Dr. Baskin is a licensed psychologist and behavioral scientist with a research focus on understanding and addressing minority health disparities. She has served as Principal Investigator on over 25 extramurally-funded research grants primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and national foundations. Her research utilizes community-engaged methods to better understand and address individual, family, and environmental factors associated with cancer prevention and control, as well as other chronic conditions (e.g., obesity, diabetes, heart disease).
This work includes the design and cultural adaptation of behavioral and environmental interventions focused on African American and rural populations who are traditionally under-represented in biomedical research. Her ongoing work includes the examination of the impact of racism and medical distrust on maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity among African American women and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions to reduce cancer and other high burden chronic diseases in the Deep South.
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