Janet S. Austin, Ph.D., Retired
1995 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA and UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM, Birmingham, Alabama, Ph.D.; Health Education and Promotion.
1989 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM, Birmingham, Alabama, Masters Degree in Education; Emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling.
1980 IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Ames, Iowa, Bachelor of Science; Emphasis in Special Education.
6/99-6/2012 NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL AND SKIN DISEASES, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Directing and managing the integration and coordination of programs for initiating and implementing public liaison activities; disseminating information on the Institute’s activities and research accomplishments, and developing marketing strategies and plans for information transfer; advising the NIAMS Director and senior members of the Institute’s scientific and administrative staff on an integrated program to disseminate the goals and findings of research programs and projects to the public, the media, the biomedical community, the Congress, and private health organizations; initiating and implementing proactive communication with – and providing responses to inquiries from – the public, the media, the White House, Members of Congress, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); managing the preparation and production of scientific publications, reports, articles, displays, and other materials on Institute research, activities, programs, structure, and functions; coordinating publication, audiovisual, graphic, and media clearance and production for the Institute; developing and maintaining information exchange and cooperative activities with voluntary and professional public and private health agencies; managing and directing daily operations and long-range planning of the legislatively mandated NIAMS Information Clearinghouse; establishing and maintaining appropriate contact with officials at high-level offices within NIH and DHHS.
5/96-5/99 ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, NATIONAL OFFICE
Vice President, AJAO and Arthritis-Related Groups
Leading, guiding, and managing the services provided by four national components of the Arthritis Foundation: the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization, the Young Adult Connection, Disease Specific Populations, and Arthritis and Rheumatism International; including the development of programs and materials for individuals and groups concerned with the less common rheumatic diseases such as juvenile arthritis, scleroderma and lupus; utilizing health promotion social marketing
techniques to promote positive health behavior and social change; serving as liaison between the Arthritis Foundation and other organizations concerned with specific rheumatic diseases and national arthritis organizations from other countries; interacting with news media, physicians, health professionals, schools, libraries, government officials, and lay public; supervising and training staff, volunteers, and temporary support; writing and publishing professional and lay publications; presenting professional workshops and abstracts; giving motivational and educational lay presentations across the nation for awareness and fundraising; promoting public awareness and patient advocacy on national and international levels; serving as Secretary for Arthritis and Rheumatism International; acting in advisory capacity to the various departments within the Arthritis Foundation with frequent contact with Chapter Presidents, Public Relations, Publications, program staff, field staff, and volunteers; networking with various leaders of other health organizations on an international, national, regional, and local level to initiate and develop cooperative efforts; assisting in securing funding, in partnership with other departments; providing staff support to volunteer committees; providing and advising chapters, the media, and the public on current related research and care; utilizing web technology to respond to inquiries from media, health professionals, and the public; and overseeing all AJAO and international related Web pages on the Arthritis Foundation’s website.
11/86-4/96 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Director, Arthritis Information Services
Directing the services provided by the Arthritis Information Services of Alabama, once funded by a grant from the Multipurpose Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases Center and the National Institutes of Health. Services: answering questions about arthritis to the public; counseling callers to the service and those enrolled in the telephone counseling study; recruiting, training and supervising staff, volunteers and work-study students; managing the office and budget; writing and implementing research projects; presenting community education seminars; interacting with physicians, news media, volunteer services, University Administration, health professionals and lay public on local, state, and national level; editing Arthritis Today, a publication circulated by the Multipurpose Arthritis Center; coordinating and conducting continuing education programs for health professionals.
Parker JW, Ross CP, Abraham NJ, Austin JS, Young PK, Lorish CD, Alarcón GS: The process of training rheumatology research assistants. Arthritis Care Res 2:83-85.1989.
Morgan SL, Baggott JE, Vaughn WH, Young PK, Austin JS, Krumdeick CL, Alarcón GS:
The effect of folic acid supplementation on the toxicity of low-dose methotrexate in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 33 9-18, 1990.
Austin JS, Ambrose RF, Young PK, Moreland LW, Saway PA, Alarcón GS: Rheumatoid arthritis patients and clinical drug trials: a case-control study. Arthritis Care Res 4:22-26, 1991.
Lorish CD, Abraham N, Austin J, Bradley LA, Alarcón GS: Disease and psychosocial factors
related to physical function in rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheum 18:1150-1157, 1991.
Lorish CD, Abraham N, Austin JS, Bradley LA, Alarcón GS: A comparison of the full and short versions of the arthritis impact measurement scales. Arthritis Care Res 4:168-173, 1991.
Morgan SL, Baggott JE, Vaughn WH, Austin JS, Veitch TA, Lee JY, Koopman WJ, Krumdeick CL, Alarcón GS: Supplementation with folic acid during methotrexate therapy for rheumatoid arthritis Ann Intern Med 121:833-841, 1994.
Maisiak R, Austin J, West S, Heck, L: The effect of person-centered counseling on the psychological status of persons with systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis: a randomized, controlled trial. Arthritis Care Res 9(1):60-66, 1996.
Maisiak R, Austin JS, Heck L: Health outcomes of two telephone interventions for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 39(8):1391-1399, 1996.
Austin JS, Maisiak R, Macrina D, Heck L: Health outcome improvements in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus using two telephone counseling interventions. Arthritis Care Res 9(5):391-399, 1996.
Ross CP, Parker JW, Abraham NJ. Austin JS, Young PK, Alarcón GS: Training rheumatology research assistants. Arthritis Rheum 31:R61, 1988.
Young PK. Saway PA, Austin JS, Alarcón GS: Rheumatoid arthritis RA patients in clinical trials: a retrospective analysis including demographic, socioeconomic and clinical characteristics. Arthritis Care Res l:S12, 1988.
Brown S, Alarcón GS, Ambrose RF. Kendall LG Jr., Lipstate JM, Austin JS, Margolis CZ, Wirtschafter DD: Using clinical algorithms for continuing medical education. Arthritis Rheum 31S1: 1988.
Alarcón GS, Brown S, Ambrose RF, Kendall LG Jr., Austin JS, Wirtschafter DD, Margolis
CZ: Attitude survey on data collection compliance by physicians. Arthritis Rheum 31:S1 63, 1988.
Morgan SL, Baggott JE, Vaughn WH, Austin JS, Young PK, Alarcón GS: Folic acid supplementation in methotrexate mtx treated rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients: a double blind, placebo-controlled study. Arthritis Rheum 32:R40, 1989.
Blackburn WD, Tracy IC, Austin JS, Alarcón GS: Antibiotic prophylaxis in patients with prosthetic joints. A survey of Alabama practitioners and patients. Arthritis Rheum 32:R43, 1989.
Lorish CD, Austin J, Abraham N, Alarcón GS: Disease psycho-social and coping predictors of health status in RA patients: Arthritis Rheum 32:R5188, 1989.
Young PK. Saway PA, Austin JS, Ambrose RF, Alarcón GS: Rheumatoid arthritis patients clinical drug trials: comparison of participants versus nonparticipant. Arthritis Rheum 32:R565, 1989.
Lorish CD, Alarcón GS, Abraham N, Austin JS: Predictors of health status change in RA clinic patients. Arthritis Care Res 3S36, 1990.
Maisiak R, Koplon S, Heck L, Austin J: A controlled study of the effect of arthritis telephone
information on subsequent actions. Arthritis Care Res 3S8, 1990.
Austin JS, Sprayberry CB, Murray SJ, Martin J, Heck LW: Understanding the effects of an arthritis newsletter on its readers. Arthritis Care Res 4:S13, 1991.
Maisiak R, Austin J, West S, Heck L: Person-centered counseling for SLE and RA patients: a clinical trial. Arthritis Care Res 4:S14, 1991.
Alarcón GS, Jackson J, Abraham N, Austin JS, Bradley LA, Lorish CD: Further evaluation of a reduced-item AIMS in the assessment of physical functioning in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Arthritis Care Res 4:S25 1991.
Austin JS, Morgan SL, Wilson NP, Hughes LL, Cornwell AR, Craig CB: Development of a
resource/cookbook for people with rheumatic diseases. Arthritis Care Res 5(4):A298, 1992.
Maisiak R, Austin J, Heck L, Koplon S: A controlled study of different methods of dissemination of arthritis information. Arthritis Care Res 5(4):A291, 1992.
Austin JS, Morgan SL, Wilson NP, Hughes LL, Cornwell AR, Craig CB: Focus group feedback on the development of a resource/cookbook for people with rheumatic disease. Arthritis Care Res 6(4):A282, 1993.
Maisiak R, Austin J, Heck L: Patient satisfaction with a physician was explained by the physician communication scale. Arthritis Care Res 6(4):9, 1993.
Austin JS, Holt NM, Walker SS, Maisiak RS: Medical information service via telephone for arthritis health professionals. Arth & Rheum 37(9):S218, 1994.
Maisiak R, Austin J, Heck L: Health status improvement in arthritis patients produced by a telephone counseling intervention: a controlled clinical trial. Arth & Rheum 37(9): S289, 1994.
Maisiak R, Austin J: Techniques for counseling individuals with rheumatoid arthritis by telephone. Arth & Rheum 38(9): S305, 1995.
Austin J, Leong A: Laughing works: application of control theory in patient-centered humor programs. Arth & Rheum 38(9): S187, 1995.
Maisiak R, Austin J, Heck L: A controlled comparison of the effect of two interventions that reduced fatigue in patients with SLE. Arth & Rheum 38(9): S383, 1995.
Austin JS, Maisiak RS, Alarcon GS, Macrina D: A randomized trial of two interventions that
reduced fatigue in patients with SLE. Arth & Rheum 38(9): S404, 1995.
McClanahan JW, Austin JS: You can take charge: a model of increasing disability awareness.
Third Paralympic Congress, 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games Abstract Digest (1433), August, 1996.
Austin JS, Maisiak RS: Haven’t got time for the pain. Third Paralympic Congress, 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games Abstract Digest (1410), August, 1996.
Maisiak R, Austin J, Heck L: Health outcome improvements for rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis patients sustained one year after telephone counseling. ACR 31st national Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL, #1091, 1996.
Maisiak R, Austin J: Psychoeducational factors associated with health outcome decline for rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis patients. Arth & Rheum 40(9): 1180, 1997.
Simmons-Johnson B and Austin JS: Juvenile arthritis awareness week: a model for increasing
awareness and acceptance. Arth & Rheum 40(9):1734, 1997.
Austin JS, Shepherd C, Cooney L, Kunkel A: Reaching out to children and families through the world-wide web. Arth & Rheum 40(9):844, 1997.
Seikus P, Austin J, Maisiak R: Evaluation of camp diversity: an arthritis awareness program to improve awareness and attitudes toward children with disabilities. Arthritis Care Res 11(6):1302, 1998.
Kunkel A, Belmont JM, Wright SJ, Barnard MU, Olson NY, Austin JS, Lindsey CB:
Communication issues of young adults with arthritis. Arthritis Care Res 11(6):1303, 1998.
Austin J, Henderson C, Rettig P, Kunkel A, Lovell D: Regional family conference: an evaluation of self-report data from three regional conferences for families of children and young adults with arthritis and related conditions. Arthritis Care Res 11(6):1304, 1998.
Austin J, Carrington K, Oyola-Santiago T, Townshend J, Mittleman B: NIAMS community health center model to address cross-cultural research. Arthritis Care Res 45 (6): 1613, 2001.
Austin J, Mittleman B: Novel approaches to investigation, health disparities, and community outreach. ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting Workshop, 2002.
Austin JS, Howard J, Leong A: Using bilingual communication to make programs and services accessible to the Hispanic/Latino community. ARHP Abstract Oral Presentation, 2000.
Oyola Santiago TY, Austin J, Mittleman B, Carrington K, and Townshend J: The Health Partnership Program: addressing rheumatic diseases in Latinos through community partnerships. APHA Abstract Oral Presentation, 2001.
Carrington KL, Austin JS, Mittleman B, Oyola T, Townshend J: Reducing health disparities through the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Health Partnership Program. APHA Abstract Oral Presentation, 2001.
Oyola Santiago TY, Austin JS, Carrington KL, Townshend JL, Mittleman B: Lessons we are
learning: building a health promotion program for African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos. ARHP Abstract Poster Presentation, 2001.
Mittleman B, Lawrence R, Austin J, Velarde M, Carrington K: NAIMS Community Health Center: outreach to the Washington, D.C. area minority community. ARHP Abstract, 2002.
Velarde MR, Carrington K, Austin J, Mittleman BB: The NIAMS Community Health Center:
addressing health disparities through research and patient care. ARHP Abstract Oral Presentation, 2002.
Carrington KL, Austin JS, Townshend JL, Miranda-Acevedo R, Schuett NM, Mittleman B: Building and sustaining community partnerships to reduce health disparities in rheumatic diseases. ARHP Abstract Oral Presentation, 2003.
Austin JS, Carrington K, Velarde M, Cosme L, Schuett N, Del Río-Cumba A, Maduro H, Mittleman B: NIAMS Patient Liaison Program: improving access to NIH research programs at the community level. ARHP Abstract Oral Presentation, 2003.
Wallen GR, Rivera-Goba M, Velarde M, Carrington K, Miranda-Acevedo R, Schuett N,
Austin J, Lawrence RC, Dennis G, Mittleman B: From practice to research: training healthcare providers to conduct culturally relevant community focus groups. National Hispanic Nurses Association Meeting Abstract Oral Presentation, 2003.
Carrington KL, Austin JS, Townshend JL, Miranda-Acevedo R, Schuett NM, Mittleman BB: Building and sustaining community partnerships to reduce health disparities in rheumatic diseases. ARHP Abstract Oral Presentation, 2003.
Carrington KL, Austin JS, Townshend J, Miranda-Acevedo R, Cosme L, Schuett N, Mittleman BB: Reducing health disparities in arthritis: community partnerships make the difference. APHA Abstract Oral Presentation, 2003.
Carrington K, Austin JS, Schuett N, Miranda-Acevedo R, Townshend JL, Mittleman BB:
From the Ivory Tower to the neighborhood: increasing awareness and involvement in health disparities research. CDC Chronic Disease Prevention Conference Abstract, 2004.
Rivera-Goba M, Wallen G, Velarde M, Urdinola JC, Miranda-Acevedo R, Schuett N, Lawrence R, Carrington K, Austin J, Koziol D, Dennis G, Mittleman B: Cognitive interviews in diverse racial/ethnic rheumatic disease patients: are we asking the right questions? Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Conference Abstract, 2004.
Carrington K, Austin JS, Schuett N, Miranda-Acevedo R, Mittleman BB: From the Ivory Tower to the neighborhood: increasing awareness and involvement in health disparities research for rheumatic diseases. 2004 DHHS Minority Women’s Health Summit: Women of Color Taking Action for a Healthier Life: Progress, Partnerships and Possibilities Abstract Oral Presentation, 2004.
Wallen G, Rivera-Goba M, Mendoza J, Velarde M, Carrington K, Urdinola JC, Miranda- Acevedo R, Schuett N, Lawrence R, Austin J, Koziol D, Dennis G, Mittleman B: Qualitative inquiry in diverse racial/ethnic rheumatic disease patients: are we asking the right questions? NIH Research Festival Abstract Oral and Poster Presentations, 2004.
Carrington K, Austin JS, Schuett N, Miranda-Acevedo R, Mittleman BB: Strategies for community involvement in research to reduce health disparities in rheumatic diseases. APHA Abstract Oral Presentation, 2004.
Schuett NM, Carrington K, Austin J, Miranda-Acevedo R, Velarde M, Mittleman B: Bridging the gap: the NIAMS Patient Liaison Program facilitates minority access to research. APHA Abstract Poster Presentation, 2004.
Austin JS: Looking good, feeling good: from the inside out. BJD Meeting Abstract Poster
Rivera-Goba MV, Wallen GR, Mendoza J, Longstaff L, Schuett N, Miranda-Acevedo R, Carrington K, Austin J, Koziol D, Dennis G, Mittleman B: A right to choose? CAM use and health decision making in minority patients with rheumatic diseases. APHA Abstract Poster Presentation, 2006.
Austin JS: Navigating Health Agency Websites to Identify Resources for Patients and Rheumatology Health Professionals. ACR/ARHP 70th Annual Society Meeting, 2006.
Austin, JS, Carrington KL, Reynolds T: Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General (SGR) Reaches Diverse Audiences With Multipronged Outreach Effort. ACR/ARHP 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, 2007.
Austin JS, Lising MM, Vital ML, Clark RW: NIH Partners With Tribal Community Health Representatives to Improve Health Outreach to American Indians and Alaska Natives. ACR/ARHP 72nd Annual Scientific Meetings, 2008.
Morgan SL, Austin JS, Wilson NP, Hughes LL, Cornwell AR, Craig CB: The Essential
Arthritis Cookbook. Appletree Press, Inc., 1995.
Arthritis Foundation: Raising a Child with Arthritis, content development and review.
Arthritis Foundation, 1998.
Austin Janet S: Microsoft Encarta Suite 99, Encyclopedia Deluxe 99, arthritis section.
Austin J et al.: Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases and other Related Information for You and Your Patients, 2003, updated 2007.
Austin J et al.: Lupus and Other Related Information for You and Your Patients, 2006.
Austin J et al.: Bone Health Information for You and Your Patients CD-ROM, 2007.
Austin J et al.: Easy-to-Read Health Information on Bones, Muscles, Joints, and Skin in English, Spanish, and Chinese, 2007.
Miles Institute for Health Care Communication Research Grant on Provider-Patient Communication. October 1993-October 1995.
Ronald McDonald House Charities for Camp Diversity. A collaborative effort with the National Girl Scouts of the United States. January 1998-January 2000.
Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Students.
Panel Member: Birmingham, AL; 1986-1995.
Arthritis Telethon – National Public Service Announcement Education and Research video: April 8, 1987.
The Morning Show with Tom York – WBRC Channel 6. Self Help Aids Presentation: Birmingham AL; August 30, 1988.
Enhancing Rehabilitation Outcomes – Alabama Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Panel Member: Birmingham AL, September 27, 1988.
Channel 13 Local Health News – Conducted demonstration of self-help class for people who have arthritis, Birmingham, AL, May 17, 1989.
Alabama handicapped Association Banquet – keynote Speaker: Birmingham, AL; June 1989.
Arthritis Telethon – Channel 17. Interviewed: Living with arthritis: Birmingham, AL; April 1989, 1990, and 1994.
Local Evening News WBRC Channel 6. Interviewed: Low impact aerobics for people who
have arthritis. Birmingham, AL; May 9, 1990.
Arthritis Overview – Graduate Program for Rehabilitation Counselors. Lecture: University of Alabama at Birmingham; May 1990.
Advances in Health – PBS Channel 10. Easy to wear clothing for people who have arthritis: Birmingham, AL; March 16, 1991.
Living with Chronic Disease – UAB School of Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Panel member and presenter. Birmingham, AL; 1991-1995
Humanitarian Dinner – Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter. Speaker: Birmingham, AL; September 9, 1992 and 1993.
Hand and Wrist Educational Seminars – General Practice and Internal Medicine: various locations in Alabama, 1993.
Alpha Omicron Pi State Day – Keynote speaker: Birmingham, AL; January 1993.
American Juvenile Arthritis Organization – Speaker Denver, Colorado; July 1993.
Humanitarian Dinner – Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter. Speaker: Auburn, AL; 1994.
Local Evening News WBRC Channel 6. Interviewed: Clinical trials. Birmingham, AL; October 1994.
Arthritis Care Workshops – Speaker: UAB Bevill State, Nursing, PT, and LPN Associations:
Laughter Works: Application of Theory. Deep South Center, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham; 9th Annual Occupational Medicine Update, Destin, FL; September 1996.
Laughter Works: The healthy side of fun in the office: ARHP office staff course. Orlando, FL; October 1996.
Laughter Works: Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, Meet the Expert: Orlando, FL; October 1996.
Life Among the Wild Things. Florida Chapter, New Jersey Chapter, North Texas Chapter Arthritis Foundations Annual Meetings: Bradenton, FL, Iselin, NJ, and Dallas, TX; May 1997.
Handling Crisis Calls and Effective Patient Support Over the Telephone. Vision of Hope, United Scleroderma Foundation National Meeting: Atlanta, GA; July 1997.
Awakening to the Real Impact of Arthritis. National Planned Giving Conference, Arthritis Foundation: New Orleans, LA; September, 1977.
Humor: Living on the Funny Side. Hope, Healing, and Humor Conference Coalition for Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Education: St. Paul, MN; October, 1998.
Patient Advocacy and Life Among the Wild Things. Achey Symposium, Arthritis Foundation: Fort Lauderdale, FL; October, 1998.
Using Bilingual Communication to Make Programs and Services Accessible to the
Hispanic/Latino Community, ARHP Oral Presentation, 2000.
Keynote Speaker, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Arthritis Conference, 2002.
Scleroderma Foundation National Conference: Washington , DC; June 21, 2003.
American Juvenile Arthritis Organization National Conference: Williamsburg, VA; July 12- 13, 2003.
Connecting Science to People, NIAMS Coalition Day, Dec. 11, 2007.
Keynote Speaker, Scleroderma Foundation, National Conference, 2007.
Children’s Activity Leader, JA Conference, Arthritis Foundation, 2007.
Connecting Science to People, presented to various government, voluntary and professional audiences, 2000-2008.
Learning About Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases, presented to various voluntary and professional audiences, 2000-2008.
Empowering Patients via the Internet: presented on numerous occasions to patient advocacy groups, national and local foundations, volunteer organizations, and government and professional audiences, 2000-2008.
Real Decisions in Real Time: Helping Patients Make Treatment Decisions, A Patient Perspective, ACR 72nd Annual Conference, 2008.
Arthritis Overview and Arthritis and Osteoporosis Overview, presented to various voluntary and professional audiences, 2008.
NIH ODS Public Webinar, Public Partner Presentation: Communications, February 2009.
NIH Retirement Award, For Twelve Years of Loyal Service, 2011.
NIH Directors Award, For Exceptional Skill and Leadership in Outreach Activities for Underserved Populations, 2011.
NIH Group Merit Award, For Exceptional Teamwork, Vision, and Creativity in the Design,
Development, and Implementation of the New Website, www.bone.nih.gov, 2011.
NIH Group Merit Award, For Exceptional Teamwork in Planning and Carrying Out Activities to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the NIAMS, 2011.
NIH Plain Language Award, Isabel’s Story: How She and Her Family Learned About Osteoporosis and Bone Health, 2008.
NIH Plain Language Award, Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Professional and Lupus and Other Related Information for You and Your Patients CD ROM, 2008.
NIH Plain Language Award, Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases and other Related Information for
You and Your Patients, 2007.
NIH Senior Leadership Program, 2007.
NIH Director’s Award for Mentoring 2006.
NIH Child Care Board Award for outstanding leadership, 2006.
Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals 40th Anniversary Star Award, 2005.
NIAMS Mentoring Award, 2004.
Breakthroughs in Arthritis Award, Washington DC Chapter, Arthritis Foundation, 2004.
NIH Merit Award, 2000.
UAB Outstanding Alumni, School of Education, 1999.
UAB Outstanding Health Educator, Graduate Award, School of Education, 1995.
Outstanding Service and Support, Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter, 1993.
Volunteer of the Year, Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter, 1991.
National Volunteer Service Citation, Arthritis Foundation, National, 1991.
UAB Rheumatology High Quality Patient Care Award, UAB Arthritis Center, 1990.
UAB Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, 1989.
UAB Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, 1988.
1997-Present Volunteer, Arthritis Foundation, Chapter and National. 1996 C Chapter Trustee, Arthritis Foundation, National. 1996 Chair-Elect, Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter.
1995-1996 House of Delegates, Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter.
1995 Co-Chairman, Patient Services/ Public Education Committee, Alabama Chapter. 1995-1996 Editor, American Juvenile Arthritis Organization Newsletter, Arthritis Foundation,
1995-1996 Committee member, Camp M*A*S*H, Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter. 1994 Vice-Chairman, Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter.
1992-1993 Chairman, North Central Branch, Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter.
1993 Chairman, Arthritis Update, Statewide Community Update, UAB Arthritis Center. 1992 Vice-Chairman, Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter.
1992 Leader, Partnership Training Program – Education, American Juvenile Organization, Arthritis Foundation.
1988-Present Self-Help Course Leader, Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter. 1986-1996 Leader, Young Adults with Arthritis Support Group.
1986-1996 Member, University of Alabama Hospital Auxiliary.
1986-1988 Volunteer, Arthritis Information Services, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 1986-1988 Volunteer, Briarcliff Nursing Home, Alabaster, Alabama.
2011-2012 Member, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, Nominating and Awards Committee.
2007-2011 Liaison, Public Health Council, Arthritis Foundation. 2004-2011 Member, NIH Health Literacy Work Group.
2004-2011 Member, NIH Public Trust Initiative.
2006-2011 Liaison, Juvenile Arthritis Alliance, Arthritis Foundation.
2007 Liaison, Executive Committee, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals and member Program Subcommittee Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.
2007 Member, Foundation Design Team and Standards Coordinating Team, Arthritis Foundation.
2004-2007 Chair, NIH Child Care Board.
2006 Chair, Planning Subcommittee member for the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.
2003-2005 Member, Planning Committee for the Association of Rheumatology Health
1997-1998 Member, American College of Rheumatology, Blue Ribbon Committee, Academic Pediatric Rheumatology.
1995-1996 Council Board Member, American Juvenile Arthritis Organization, Arthritis Foundation, National.
1993-1996 Young Adults Task Force Committee, Arthritis Foundation, National. 1994-1995 Chairman, Understanding Lupus: New Insights, conference.
1993 Chairman, Haven’t Got Time for the Pain, symposium.