Dr. Shameka Cody is an Assistant Professor at the Capstone College of Nursing. She is a board-certified Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing in 2012 and her PhD in Nursing in 2017 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate studies at Jacksonville State University and Jefferson State Community College. Her primary research focuses on the impact of racial and sleep health disparities on antiretroviral adherence among older adults with HIV. Dr. Cody is also working on several projects related to HIV and substance/opioid use in rural Alabama. Her most recent project focused on the impact of education related to opioid toxicity and naloxone administration among baccalaureate nursing students. Dr. Cody is recognized as a 2018-2019 UAB Health Disparities Research Scholar, 2019 Butler-Williams Scholar, and a 2019 National Institute of Health Future Research Leader. She is a 2019 recipient of a pilot grant sponsored by the UAB Resource Center for Minority Aging Research examining differences in sleep quality and EEG/ERP metrics among older African Americans and Caucasians with HIV. She was selected to participate in the University of Alabama-Ghana Research Initiative during summer 2019. Dr. Cody has 20+ publications on HIV and cognitive aging, and she has presented at several local and international conferences. She is an Adult Health instructor in the undergraduate program with 10 years of clinical experience in various areas including medical/surgical, adult primary care, and infectious disease.