Fellows, 2017-18

The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership selected UA graduates to complete one-year fellowships over the course of 2017-18. These fellows are able to serve in a health-related capacity in a community setting while expanding their experience and education. During the fellowship, most of the fellow’s time is spent working in and with the community.

August Anderson

August Anderson

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

August Anderson is entering her second year as a fellow with The University of Alabama - Pickens County Partnership. She will be working with partners from the University of Alabama and within Pickens County to address multiple domains of health and establish sustainable programs to improve overall health and well-being of the residents. Her focus is working with children through Pickens County schools on comprehensive health and wellness education.

August graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with a focus in child development and addiction treatment. She has worked at multiple preschools as an assistant teacher and studied the availability of resources in the county.

Crystal Bice, MS, RD

Crystal Bice, MS, RD

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

Crystal plans to work with the community members of Pickens County to gain a better understanding of nutrition and health care in the county. She believes awareness of healthy lifestyle choices in combination with medical help can provide the best outcomes to society. Crystal plans to serve as a liaison for the University and Pickens County to gain experience in health care before pursuing a final degree as a physicians assistant.

Crystal is a registered dietitian and recent graduate from The University of Alabama. After completing the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University, she graduated with her Bachelors in Human Nutrition in May 2016. She obtained her masters degree with a concentration in Clinical Nutrition in May 2017.

Emma Bjornson

Emma Bjornson

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

As a fellow serving the partnership, Emma will focus on the implementation of health programming and education to help improve the health outcomes within the community. She will work to help build and strengthen relationships within the county to better serve Pickens County.

Emma graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in May 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Environmental Sciences. She majored in Public Health and minored in French. She aspires to pursue a Masters of Social Work with a focus in the medically underserved populations and health disparities in urban and rural communities.

Steven Simmons

Steven Simmons

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

As part of The University of Alabama - Pickens Partnership, Steven hopes to implement programs to improve access to quality mental healthcare for the residents of Pickens County. In addition, he is passionate about telehealth/telemental health services as well as civic engagement within adolescents. Simmons is excited for the opportunity to be a part of this partnership.

He graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2017 with a bachelor of science in psychology with minors in Spanish and theatre. While a student, Steven was involved in research with Dr. Ansley Gilpin and Dr. Randall Salekin. In addition, he was involved in community engagement work with Dr. Jeffrey Parker. Steven plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Emily Stebbins

Emily Stebbins

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

Emily is assisting the community in new health care programs and gathering research to identify strengths and weaknesses in the communities. Her focus is working with children and adolescents as well as the school systems to educate and assess mental health awareness in the county.

Emily graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in psychology with honors from the University of Alabama. She is an alumnus of the Emerging Scholars Program and conducted research with Dr. Lance Kinney, an associate professor of advertising and public relations, to examine the change in the layout and cover design of a major women’s magazine. Additionally, she worked in Dr. Ansley Gilpin’s and Dr. John Lochman’s psychology research laboratory examining and entering data collected from children in various counties.

Caroline Whittington

Caroline Whittington

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

As a fellow, she hopes to strengthen mental health resources within Pickens County, specifically for the geriatric population. Caroline will engage with the community of Pickens County to further the success of The University of Alabama - Pickens County Partnership. Whittington is excited and eager to apply the skills she cultivated as an undergraduate student to her position as a Pickens County fellow.

Caroline is a recent graduate of The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in human development and family studies. As an undergraduate student, she was an active member of several organizations on and off campus. Whittington held a position within her sorority that supported her chapter’s philanthropic endeavors, served as the Director of Mental Health Programming for the student government association. During the University’s 2017 Honors Day, she was presented with the Significant Contribution to Research in Psychology award.

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