Martha Crowther, PhD, MPH

Martha Crowther, PhD, MPH — Associate Dean, Research and Health Policy

Martha Crowther, PhD, is associate dean for Research and Health Policy for The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. She is a professor in the College’s departments of Community Medicine and Population Health and Family, Internal and Rural Medicine. She provides behavioral health care to patients at University Medical Center, which is operated by the College, in the Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine clinics. She is also an investigator with the College’s Institute for Rural Health Research.

Prior to joining the College, Crowther held faculty positions in UA’s Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she also directed the Clinical Psychology Program. She holds appointments as a Faculty Scholar at the Alabama Research Institute on Aging, and as a Scientist at the Center for Healthy Aging in the Department of Medicine/Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Crowther earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of California-Berkley. She received a master’s degree in public health with a focus on chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Duke University. Crowther completed a clinical internship and was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Veteran’s Administration Palo Alto Health Care System.

Her research interests include aging and racial diversity in urban and rural populations with a focus on eliminating mental and physical health disparities in older adults, as well as the assessment of caregiving-related stressors and outcomes at local, state, and national levels. Her work has considered the reduction of health disparities through community-engaged research. Crowther has been awarded research funding from federal, state, foundations, and industry, and has published journal articles and book chapters on topics that include mental health, sexuality, aging and psychology.

mrcrowther@ua.edu