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Understanding Inequities in Health

Dori Pekmezi, associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will be on campus on Friday, April 5 to share her research on Physical Activity-Related Health Disparities.

Pekmezi serves as an associate scientist with several research centers at the University of Alabama, including the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center.

Her research focuses on using behavioral theory and technology to promote physical activity in underserved and/or at-risk groups, such as cancer survivors, individuals with multiple sclerosis and physical disabilities, rural residents and racial/ethnic minorities.

Pekmezi obtained a B.S. in psychology at the University of Alabama and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Louisiana State University, where she worked under the same mentor as Jamie Bodenlos, associate professor of psychology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

“I am excited to have her on campus. I believe Dori Pekmezi’s area of expertise in health disparities needs more attention and is a topic that students don’t get in other classes,” says Bodenlos, who is teaching the course “Health Psychology” this semester.

The talk will take place at 3 p.m. in Gulick 100 as part of the Psychology Colloquium series. All are welcome to attend.