Keynote Speaker Bio and Panelists

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Monica Baskin

Monica L. Baskin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Medicine and inaugural Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Alabama (UAB). She also holds a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Nutrition Science in the UAB School of Health Professions. Dr. Baskin is also  the current President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

For nearly 20 years, she has led an extensive extramurally-funded research program focused on reducing health disparities in the Deep South including residents of rural and urban communities and populations across the lifespan. Most of her research has focused on community-based participatory methods that link academic partners to community- and faith-based networks to better understand and address individual, family, and environmental factors associated with healthy eating, physical activity, obesity, and cancer prevention and control. Baskin’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and others.

Baskin has served on the National Cancer Institute’s Accelerating Rural Cancer Control research meeting External Advisory Board and as an invited workshop presenter for NCI meetings focused on cancer disparities and rural communities. She has served as a permanent and ad hoc study section reviewer on multiple NIH study sections focused on psychosocial risk, prevention, health behavior and health disparities. She also serves on the editorial boards of multiple journals including the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and Health Behavior and Policy Review. Baskin’s work related to health equity has been nationally recognized as a member of the first cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Black Health. She also serves in multiple leadership roles focused on advancing health equity in North Central Alabama. She is a trained and authorized facilitator of nationally-known training programs on unconscious bias for health professionals and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Baskin received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from Emory University, and a Master of Science in Community Counseling and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University and is a licensed psychologist.


Black Voices in Academia

  • Pearis Bellamy - Graduate Student - Department of Psychology - University of Florida
  • Dr. Corey McZeal - Lecturer - Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law - University of Florida
  • Dr. Travis Smith - Assistant Professor - College of Education - University of Florida
  • Dr. LaToya O'Neal - Assistant Professor and Extension Health and Wellness Specialist - Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences - University of Florida

Mentoring and Allyship for Faculty Working with Students of Color

  • Dr. Della Mosley - Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology - University of Florida
  • Dr. Tucker Smith - Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology - University of Florida
  • Dr. Kakali Bhattacharya - Professor - School of Human Development and Organizational - University of Florida

Women in Academia

  • Dr. Nicole Gravina - Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology - University of Florida
  • Dr. Michelle Cardel - Assistant Professor - Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics - University of Florida
  • Dr. Mildred Maldonado-Molina - Professor and Chair - Department of Health Education and Behavior - University of Florida

Intersectionality in Academia

  • Dr. Emilia Hodge - Director of Graduate Education Outreach - Graduate School - University of Florida
  • Dr. Rua Williams - Assistant Professor - Department of Computer Graphics and Technology - Purdue University
  • Dr. Tanya Saunders - Associate Professor - Center for Latin American Studies - University of Florida