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Flagg named Associate Service Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics

March 7, 2016

Lee Anne FlaggLee Anne Flagg, former pre-doctoral fellow in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) who recently graduated from UAB with a PhD in Medical Sociology, is working as an Associate Service Fellow in the Mortality Statistics Branch within the Division of Vital Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Her primary responsibility involves monitoring the quality of mortality data, particularly cause of death. The Mortality Statistics Branch monitors and disseminates mortality statistics for the nation, including those on infant mortality, which relates to Dr. Flagg’s research interests in exercise during pregnancy. Her dissertation title was “Exercise Adherence among Pregnant Women: The Roles of Socioeconomic Status, Attitudes towards Prenatal Exercise, and Social Support.”

Dr. Flagg was the recipient of the UAB Department of Sociology’s 2015 Outstanding Doctoral Student award. While at UAB, she assisted in survey design and data collection for the Pregnancy and Early Life in the South (PEARLS) Study—under the supervision of Monica Baskin, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine, and Paula C. Chandler-Laney, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences—at UAB’s Center for Women’s Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Flagg also conducted analyses and managed adverse and reportable events for the CROSSROADS Study under Julie L. Locher, PhD, former professor in the Departments of Medicine and Health Care Organization and Policy, and Jamy Ard, MD, former medical director of the EatRight Weight Management Services and vice chair for clinical care in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Her primary mentor in the NORC was Dr. Locher.