Theresa Wallace received her PhD in 1998 through a joint program offered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and The University of Alabama in Health Education Promotion. Following graduation, she completed 2 years of Postdoctoral Studies in the Division of Preventive Medicine under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr. Mona Fouad.
From this experience, she developed a keen interest in using community-based participatory approaches to address health disparities in underserved communities. Since 1999, Dr. Wallace has held several management positions at UAB, and directed over 35 extramurally funded research projects.
As Project Director of the CDC-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), a national program to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Wallace, along with the REACH coalition, work across organizational silos, backgrounds and disciplines to create environments that make healthy choices easier through policy, systems and environmental changes and improvements. Most notably by expanding access to healthy food, promoting increased physical activity, and strengthening community-clinical linkages.
Many of Dr. Wallace’s successes and lessons learned are chronicled in peer reviewed journals. For her dedication to community service, she has received numerous awards and was named Outstanding Alumna in the UAB School of Education, Department of Human Studies.