Dr. Gerald is Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, at the University of Arizona and Associate Director of Clinical Research for the Asthma and Airways Disease Research Center. She is a nationally known expert in the area of asthma and community based clinical trials and has had continuous funding from NHLBI in the area of school based asthma interventions for the past 20 years.
She also has extensive experience in the areas of clinical, behavioral and epidemiological research in respiratory medicine. She currently serves as PI of the American Lung Association Airways Clinical Research Center at the University of Arizona and PI of a NIH funded R18 that is examining the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a school based asthma program. She has also served as PI or Investigator on many multi-center clinical trial networks including: Investigator for the NIH funded AsthmaNet; Investigator for the Lung Health Studies, and Investigator for the COPD Clinical Research Network.
Dr. Gerald has held several leadership positions in the American Thoracic Society including serving on the Board of Directors, serving as Chair of the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly and she currently serves on the Research Advocacy Committee and as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. Dr. Gerald is a member of the Clinical Trials Review Standing Study Section for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Her recent awards include the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, College of Arts and Sciences; the 2014 Behavioral Science Assembly Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society and the 2014 Health Equality Award for Clinical Programs from the American Thoracic Society.
Dr. Gerald is actively involved in teaching and mentoring graduate students, fellows and junior faculty. Currently, she is on the mentoring team for two K awards and three AHSC Career Development awards.
Dr. Gerald received a BS in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1990, a MA in Sociology from the University of South Alabama in 1992, a MSPH in Epidemiology and a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1997. She has both an undergraduate and graduate certificate in Gerontology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.