Monica L. Baskin, PhD has been selected president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).
Baskin is a professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine at UAB, and in 2016, was named inaugural vice chair for Culture and Diversity for the UAB School of Medicine. Her research focuses on minority health and health disparities, community-based participatory approaches, and the intersection of health and place, as well as culturally relevant behavioral interventions for cancer and obesity. Baskin is the recipient of numerous research grants, including a nationally recognized NIH-funded research program to reduce health disparities through community-based research.
Her research has shed light on numerous aspects of the effects of social determinants of health -- race, class, gender and other factors -- in changing health outcomes for disadvantaged communities. Baskin also serves as associate director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.
Baskin has been a member of SBM for more than 15 years and has served in a variety of functions within the society.