Michele Montgomery

Senior Associate Dean Associate Professor


  • PhD, Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009
  • BSN, Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004
  • MPH, Epidemiology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1998
  • BA, Advertising, The University of Alabama, 1992


Dr. Montgomery earned her Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and joined the faculty at the Capstone College of Nursing in 2009. She has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and has served on EdD dissertation committees. She currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean.

Dr. Montgomery’s research focuses on addressing health disparities in rural and underserved populations. She has published in the areas of childhood obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular risk factors, and innovative teaching strategies. She has presented her work regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Honors and awards received by Dr. Montgomery include the President’s Faculty Research Award, Distinguished Community-Engaged Scholar Award, Outstanding Scholarship Award, the Alabama League for Nursing’s Lamplighter Award, the Outstanding Junior Faculty Scholar Award, and the Rural Health Heroes Award from the UA Institute for Rural Health Research. Dr. Montgomery serves on numerous committees for the college and the university and is a member of a variety of local, national, and international organizations.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, AACN Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing Program, 2020
  • Fellow, SEC Academic Leadership Development Program, The University of Alabama, 2019
  • Distinguished Community-Engaged Scholar, Council on Community-Based Partnerships, The University of Alabama 2019
  • President’s Faculty Research Award, The University of Alabama, 2016
  • Lamplighter Award, Alabama League for Nursing, 2016

Areas of Interest

  • Social Determinants of Health & Health Disparities
  • Rural Health
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Community-based Participatory Research

Scholarly Highlights

  • Grant Funded: A Bridge to College Success for Rural Alabamians. Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE): Summer Bridge Program Grants, 2022.
  • Publication: A Comparative Analysis of Rural Versus Urban Preschool Children’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption, Body Mass Index and Parent’s Weight Status. SAGE Open Nursing, 2022.
  • Grant Funded: UA Nurse Faculty Loan Program Supporting the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD), and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Students. HRSA. Role: PD, 2021.
  • Grant Funded: Health Sciences & Technology Academy-Alabama (HSTA-AL). NIH Science Education Partnership Award (R25), 2020.
  • Publication: Elevated blood pressure in low-income, rural preschool children is associated with maternal hypertension during pregnancy. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 2018.