Addictive Behavior & Health Studies Research Group

School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior
University of Alabama at Birmingham

We are a dedicated and experienced research group at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the School of Public Health. You may have seen our research projects advertised on television or online. Our research group is headed by Dr. Jalie Tucker, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at UAB. Dr. Tucker has been conducting research with substance users for over 25 years. Our faculty investigators and research staff members bring expertise from many fields, including psychology, behavior analysis, anthropology, health education, counseling, and biostatistics, to investigate how alcohol and drug use and related risk behaviors develop and resolve.

Our past and present studies have been variously funded by the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

  • For details about active studies including enrollment information, please see Current Projects.
  • For related projects by research team members, please see Related Projects.

Faculty Researchers:

Jalie Tucker, PhD, MPH - Professer & Chair, Department of Health Behavior
JeeWon Cheong, PhD - Assistant Professer, Department of Health Behavior
Susan Davies, PhD - Associate Professer, Department of Health Behavior
Wynne Norton, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior
Kerstin Schroder, PhD - Associate Professer, Department of Health Behavior
Cathy Simpson, PhD - Associate Professer, Department of Health Behavior

Research Staff:

Susan Chandler, MPH (health behavior) - Program Manager II
Heather Kwok, MS (counseling) - Program Manager I
Bailey Murphy, MPH (health behavior) - Research Assistant
Mazeruddin Mulla, MPH (health behavior) - Research Assistant
Brittney Pietrzak, MPH (health behavior) - Research Assistant
Scott Crawford, MPH (epidemiology) - Statistician II
Chris Parks, BS (management information systems) - Programmer / System Analyst

How YOU Can Help:

We are always interested in speaking with potential participants. You can find more information about our current research projects by visiting our Current Projects page. You may also contact us at any time using the form and contact information found on our Contact Us page. Thank you for your interest.


Please know that any information you give us as part of any study will be kept private to the fullest extent allowed by law. Your information will be identified by number and not by name. All information obtained is for research purposes only.