Scott Batey, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor

Scott Batey


Dr. D. Scott Batey is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Tulane University. Prior to his transition to Tulane, Dr. Batey served as faculty of the Department of Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he directed the Honors Program. He maintains an affiliation as Scientist with the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), where he led the Center’s community engagement efforts as the Engagement and Continuum of Care Specialist for five years. In general, Dr. Batey’s research focuses on eliminating health disparities, especially those prominent along the HIV Care Continuum. Within this framework, he conducts mixed-methods research to improve HIV health outcomes among people living with or at risk for acquiring HIV. Informed by 26 years’ experience as a licensed social work clinician, his implementation research especially leverages the inherent skills of social workers to uniquely deliver evidence-based interventions; it is routinely community-placed and community-driven. His major scientific contributions center on implementation of promising interventions and delivery strategies that effectively and efficiently address gaps in the HIV Care Continuum, utilize evidence-based social work practice, reduce health-related stigmas, and optimize the primary medical clinic-community interface.

Dr. Batey is currently the Multiple Principal Investigator on three National Institutes of Health R01 studies through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In this research portfolio, Dr. Batey and his colleagues at the University of Alabama at Birmingham collaborate with health departments in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to use big (HIV surveillance) data to understand temporal and geographic differences in time from HIV diagnosis to viral suppression (R01AI142690, MPI, A.I. Rana & D.S. Batey). In partnership with colleagues at Columbia University, Dr. Batey is testing the efficacy of a combination community health worker and mobile health (mHealth) app to improve antiretroviral adherence and viral suppression among persons with HIV in New York City and Birmingham, AL (R01NR019758, MPI: R. Schnall & D.S. Batey). Through his collaboration with colleagues at the University of Chicago, Dr. Batey and his team are conducting a Hybrid Type I effectiveness-implementation trial of the evidence-based HIV retention in care intervention, Project nGage, in Chicago and Birmingham (R01MH125744, MPI: A. Bouris & D.S. Batey).

Dr. Batey serves as the Co-Director of the Birmingham AIDS Outreach Magic City Research Institute (HIV research | Magic City Research Institute | United States). He is an author on 60 peer-reviewed publications and over 150 oral and poster abstracts that have been presented regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Batey has been a mentor for countless students, community stakeholders, and junior faculty members of various disciplines.

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Social Work
  • Community Organizing and Advocacy
  • Health Disparities / Health Equity
  • Medical Social Work
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative and Mixed Method Research
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • PhD from the University of Alabama
  • MSW from the University of Alabama
  • BS from the University of Alabama

Selected Publications

  • Gordian-Arroyo, A, Schnall, R, Garofalo, R, Kuhns, LM, Pearson, C, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hirshfield, S, & Hidalgo, MA. Homonegative victimization and perceived stress among adolescent sexual minority males: The attenuating role of peer and family support. In press, Int J Sexual Health.
  • Farley, JE, Beuchamp, G, Bergman, A, Hughes, JP, Batey, DS, Mayer, K, del Rio, C, Raifman, J, Lowensen, K, Gamble, T, Remien, R, & Beyrer, C. The impact of stigma and sexual identity on PrEP awareness and use among at risk men who have sex with men in 4 US cities (HPTN 078).In press, Stigma and Health.
  • Hong, C, Huh, D, Schnall, R, Garofalo, R, Kuhns, LM, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hidalgo, MA, Hirshfield, S, & Pearson, CR. Changes in high-risk sexual behavior, HIV and STI testing, and PrEP use during the COVID-19 pandemic in a longitudinal cohort of young men who have sex with men 13 to 18 years old in the United States. AIDS Behav. 2022 Sep 26. doi: 10.1007/s10461-022-03850-y. Online ahead of print. PMID: 36156174.
  • Kay, ES, Creasy, S, Batey, DS, Coulter, R, Egan, JE, Fisk, S, Friedman, MR, Kinsky, S, Krier, S, Noble, V, Turan, B, Turan, JM, Yu, L, & Hawk, ME. Impact of harm reduction care in HIV clinical settings on stigma and health outcomes for people with HIV who use drugs: Study protocol for a mixed-methods, multisite, observational study. BMJ Open. 2022 Sep 16;12(9):e067219. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-067219. PMID: 36113946.
  • Schnall, R, Kuhns, LM, Pearson, C, Batey, DS, Bruce, J, Hidalgo, MA, Hirshfield, S, Janulis, P, Jia, H, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Rodriguez, RG, & Garofalo, R. Efficacy of MyPEEPS Mobile, an HIV prevention intervention using mobile technology, on reducing sexual risk among same-sex attracted adolescent males: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Sep 1;5(9):e2231853. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.31853. PMID: 36129712. Clinical Trial.
  • Diaz, JE, Sandh, S, Schnall, R, Garofalo, R, Kuhns, L, Pearson, CR, Bruce, J, Batey, DS, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hidalgo, MA, & Hirshfield, S. Predicting past-year healthcare utilization among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) using Andersen’s model of healthcare utilization. LGBTQ Health. 2022 July 22.doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2021.0488. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35867076.
  • Vance, DE, Lee, Y, Batey, DS, Li, W, Lambert-Chapman, C, Nakkina, SR, Anderson, JN, Triebel, K, Byun, JY, & Fazeli, PL. Emerging directions of cognitive aging with HIV: Emerging directions of cognitive aging with HIV: Practice and policy implications for social work. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2022 Jun;65:5, 476-494. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2021.1978028. PMID: 34511048.
  • Jackson, L, Lee, Y, & Batey, DS. Structural violence within communities and its impact on the wellbeing of people with HIV (PWH). AIDS Care. 2022 Jun 21:1-6. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2022.2088679. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35727148.
  • Vance, DE, Lee, Y, Batey, DS, Puga, F, Clay, OJ, Byun, JY, Long, AR, Rafford, M, Xiao, C, & Fazeli, PL. Risk factors of cognitive decline in older caregivers with HIV: An emerging hypothesis. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2022 Jun 14. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000349. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35878046.
  • Cordoba, E, Kuison, CM, Garofalo, R, Kuhns, LM, Pearson, C, Batey, DS, Bruce, J, Radix, A, Belkind, U, Hidalgo, MA, Hirshfield, S, & Schnall R. Are state-level HIV testing policies for minors associated with HIV testing behavior and awareness of home-based HIV testing in young men who sex with men (YMSM)? J Adoles Health. 2022 Jun;70(6):902-909. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.12.023. Epub 2022 Feb 28. PMID: 35241362.
  • Pytell, J, Li, X, Thompson, C, Lesko, CR, Hutton, H, McCaul, ME, Batey, DS, Cachay, E, Mayer, KH, Napravnik, S, Christopoulos, K, Yang, C, Crane, HM, Chander, G, & Lau, B. The temporal relationship of alcohol use and subsequent self-reported health status among people with HIV. American Journal of Medicine-Open. Published online June 2022:100020. doi: 10.1016/j.ajmo.2022.100020.
  • Sohail, M, Long, DM, Mugavero, MJ, Batey, DS, Ojesina, AI, & Levitan, EB. Partnership status and retention in care among heterosexual newly diagnosed people with HIV: A cohort study. AIDS Care. 2022 Mar 29:1-9. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2022.2050178. Online ahead of print. PMID: 35348413.
  • Sohail, M, Long, DM, Batey, DS, Mugavero, MJ, Ojesina, AI, & Levitan, EB. Partnership status and time to viral suppression and sustained viral suppression among newly diagnosed heterosexual people with HIV. Int J STD AIDS. 2022 Mar;33(4):347-354. doi: 10.1177/09564624211065227. Epub 2022 Jan 27. PMID: 35085052.
  • Kay, ES, Creasy, SL, Bruce, J, Olaniyan, A, Scheinert, M, Batey, DS, & Hawk, M. Community-engaged processes for restarting federally funded research in a community-based organization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2022:16(2S):99-107. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2022.0044. PMID: 35912663. Clinical Trial.
  • Anderson, A, Karczmar, A, Kuhns, LM, Garofalo, R, Radix, A, Bruce, J, Pearson, C, Batey, DS, Rodriguez, RG, & Schnall, R. A qualitative study to inform adaptation of MyPEEPS Mobile for transmasculine youth. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2022;33(1):301-316. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2022.0022. PMID: 35153221.
  • Crockett, KB, Turan, B, Whitfield, S, Kay, ES, Budhwani, H, Fifolt, M, Hauenstein, K, Ladner, M, Sewell, J, Payne-Foster, P, Nyblade, L, Batey, DS, & Turan, JM. Patient and provider perspectives on HIV stigma in healthcare settings in underserved areas of the US South: A mixed methods study. AIDS Behav. 2022 Jan;26 (Suppl 1):112-124. doi: 10.1007/s10461-03470-7. Epub 2021 Sep 28. PMID: 34581951.

Community Involvement

  • Scientist, UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
  • Co-Director, Birmingham AIDS Outreach Magic City Research Institute