Assistant Professor

Community Medicine and Population Health
Institute for Rural Health Research

Phone: (205) 348-4861


Dr. Mercedes M. Morales-Alemán, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Rural Medicine (CRM) and the Institute for Rural Health Research at the College of Community Health Sciences. In these roles, Dr. Morales-Alemán teaches medical students enrolled in the Leadership in Community and Population Medicine CRM course, collaborates with College faculty on research, and leads her own studies. Dr. Morales-Alemán’s research focuses on better understanding the multi-level factors that underlie health disparities in adolescent Latinas in the United States South through a community-based participatory approach.

Dr. 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 Epidemiology Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 2014-2016 she completed a T32 Health Services Outcomes and Effectiveness Research Training Fellowship in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She was recently awarded a “supplement to promote diversity” by the National Center for Translational Science under the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science.