Josh Eyer

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Clinical Psychology, 2012
M.S., University of South Alabama, Applied Psychology, 2006
B.A., University of Virginia, Psychology, 2003

Professional Training:

NIH 13th Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellowship (2 years), University of Alabama, Psychology, 2013
Clinical Internship, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, 2011

A native of Virginia with time spent in North Carolina, Alabama, and France, Dr. Eyer is a clinical health psychologist serving as an assistant professor in the Capstone College of Nursing. He obtained a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia, an MS in Applied Psychology at the University of South Alabama, and a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He completed a yearlong clinical internship with the Department of Psychiatric Medicine in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University before completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology research at the University of Alabama. He was selected as a fellow to the 2013 NIH Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials.

Dr. Eyer’s professional activities center on his expertise in research methodologies and clinical health psychology, which focuses on the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with health and illness. His research interests include sexual and gender minority health (especially mental health), integrated health in primary care, and more generally, topics relevant to clinical health psychology. Currently, he is a co-investigator on a HRSA-funded project to integrate behavioral health at the Capstone Rural Health Center, a federally qualified safety-net clinic serving Walker County. He is a member of the Trans Collaborations research network and an investigator on an NIH-funded project to test new principles of affirming mental health care with individuals who are trans or gender nonconforming. He previously worked with Dr. Beverly Thorn proposing and running her PCORI-funded clinical trial testing behavioral interventions for chronic pain. In addition, he teaches graduate courses in statistics and mixed methodologies for nursing and serves as the Methodological and Statistical Consultant in the Office of Scholarly Affairs, consulting with nursing faculty on their research designs, grant proposals, and statistical approaches. He has served important roles in his professional organization, the Society for Health Psychology, including chairing committees on rebranding and strategic planning, and currently serves as the coordinator of the Health Psych Connections mentoring program. He is a member and current president of Capstone Alliance, the campus organization for LGBTQ and allied faculty and staff, and he seeks out opportunities to communicate his professional knowledge to the community through organizations, such as the WellBAMA program and the Saving Lives Initiative.

Research Interests:

Primary Research Areas

  • Best practices in integrated care
  • Mental health care for transgender and gender nonconforming people
  • Sexual and gender minority health in Alabama
  • Intrinsic motivation and behavior change

Collaborative Projects

  • Hope interventions for improved grades
  • Mindfulness interventions
  • Cardiovascular health

Research Methodology

  • Application of best practices in clinical trials: methodology, measurement, & dissemination
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Mixed methods research projects
  • Patient-centered outcomes