Biography of Martha R. Crowther

Martha R. Crowther Martha R. Crowther, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Alabama (UA). Trained as a clinical psychologist, she also has an MPH focused on Chronic Disease Epidemiology. She is a faculty scholar in the UA Center for Mental Health and Aging, an Investigator in the Institute for Rural Health Research, a Scientist in the UAB Center for Aging, and an Associate Research Scientist in the UAB Center for Health Resource Development Promotion. Dr. Crowther has extensive clinical and research experience in the field of caregiving, in particular, the assessment of caregiving-related stressors and outcomes in diverse populations. She also has experience in the area of mental health and aging, health disparities in older adults and African Americans, and the relation between religion, spirituality and health in older adults. Additionally, Dr. Crowther has broad expertise in behavioral health, family and community-based research, community-based clinical research recruitment and retention strategies, and health-promotion interventions in African American and rural communities.

Dr. Crowther has been the recipient of federal and foundation funding. She has received funding from NIH/NIA examining stress and coping among African American custodial grandparents. She is a collaborator on several large projects including the Deep South Resource Center for Minority aging Research and a project examining mobility among African American and White community dwelling older adults both funded by NIH/NIA and two projects funded by NIH/NCI and CDC examining religion and cancer-related behaviors in African Americans. Dr. Crowther also has funding from the West Alabama Mental Health Center to coordinate and provide an interdisciplinary health care to rural Alabama residents. Additionally, she was awarded a grant from the Brookdale Foundation focused enhancing the mental health of custodial grandparents and the grandchildren in their care. She is also past recipient of funding from the Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizens Services to develop a resource booklet for custodial grandparents. Dr. Crowther is a member of several professional associations including the American Psychological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the Alabama Psychological Association, along with being the 2011 president of the American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Geropsychology. She is a member of a grant review group for NIMH. Dr. Crowther has also published journal articles and book chapters on mental health and aging, rural aging, and cultural diversity in research training.