Lea Yerby, PhD
Department of Community Medicine and Population Health
Institute for Rural Health Research
Dr. Yerby’s research focuses on rural health disparities and health care quality outcomes in Medicaid populations using a community partnership and Community-Based Participatory Research approach when applicable. Her current research efforts include access to Autism Spectrum Disorder screening and early intervention for rural children in early childhood, and evaluation of health outcomes with innovative Medicaid delivery approaches. Dr. Yerby also has some responsibility for medical education through her role as Rural Medicine Ambulatory Acting Internship director for third-year medical students, and she provides leadership for the Community Population Medicine curriculum.
Dr. Yerby has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, a Master of Science degree in Human Environmental Studies from The University of Alabama, and a PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion from a combined program of UA and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Her doctoral program of study included a health policy fellowship on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where she assisted the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee and prepared a detailed health assessment of the state of Alabama. Dr. Yerby’s community health service has focused on the Tuscaloosa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, West Alabama AIDS Outreach and Family Counseling Services.