Accolades October 2019

October 1, 2019

Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the College of Community Health Sciences, was selected to provide a presentation at The University of Alabama System’s Behavioral Health Research Symposium, to be held October 28 at the UAB Hill Center in Birmingham. Boxmeyer, who also serves as assistant dean for academic affairs for CCHS, will speak on “Mindful coping power: A preventive intervention to improve emotion regulation and impulse control in youth at risk for substance abuse.” A goal of the symposium is to spark further collaborations between behavioral health researchers across the three campuses – Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville – in the UA System.

Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster, professor of community medicine and population health for the College of Community Health Sciences, co-authored “Reducing the African American HIV Disease Burden in the Deep South: Addressing the role of Faith and Spirituality,” published in the August 2019 issue of AIDS and Behavior.

Payne-Foster, was selected as a Stillman College Alabama Female Firsts Honoree on Sept. 5 during a convocation program and luncheon.

She was recognized for her accomplishments as the first black faculty in the Institute for Rural Health Research and the first black faculty in the department to receive full professor promotion status. She is the deputy director for community outreach and leads the medical student’s education in community rural medicine clerkship and community rural medicine ambulatory acting internship.

Payne-Foster was also recognized for her leadership in racial/ethnic health disparities and community-based participatory research including her work with the Tuscaloosa County Lupus Support Group.

The Alabama Female First recognition as establish in 2017 by Dr. Cynthia Warrick, the first female president of Stillman College to honor the accomplishments of women leaders from or in Alabama. To date they have honored 36 women including Payne-Foster.

Stillman College was established in 1875 in Tuscaloosa. It is a private Presbyterian and historically black liberal arts college.