HEI was pleased to have Mercedes M. Morales-Alemán, Ph.D., as a visiting scholar

Mercedes M. Morales-Alemán, Ph.D.Morales-Alemán is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Preventive Medicine in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her research studies the social determinants of sexual health and risk in young women of color, particularly Latinas. Morales-Alemán earned her doctoral degree in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University in 2011.

From 2011-2013, she was a research fellow in the Minority Health and Health Equity Activity of the Epidemiology Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While at the CDC, her work studied the multi-level predictors of intimate partner violence and access to healthcare in ethnic minority communities at risk for or living with HIV and AIDS (including Latinos in the US South and young men who have sex with men).

In addition to her academic research, Dr. Morales-Alemán provides evaluation consulting services to local non-profit organizations.

During her tenure as visiting scholar, Morales-Alemán sought to achieve the following goals:

  1. Examine innovative conceptual models, theoretical approaches and methodological strategies being utilized by researchers at the HEI as part of enriching my knowledge and skillsets with regard to health equity research.
       a. Identify potential applications to my ongoing work.
  2. Present my ongoing research (in one-on-one meetings and to a larger group) and identify potential challenges and areas for improvement through interactive dialogue with HEI researchers and staff.
  3. Discuss and identify potential areas for collaboration with HEI researchers and staff.