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Emma Sophia Kay

Director, Magic City Research Institute

Dr. Emma Sophia Kay (she/they) is the Director of the Magic City Research Institute. Dr. Kay graduated from the University of Alabama in 2018 with a PhD in social work, after which she attended the University of Michigan as a postdoctoral fellow to further hone her research skills. She has authored nearly 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, serves on the Editorial Board of AIDS and Behavior, and is a Co-Chair of BAO's community advisory board. Dr. Kay is a Co-Investigator on two recently funded R01s (CHAMPS: A randomized trial of a Community Health Worker intervention for persons living with HIV in two high priority settings, R01NR019758-01, MPI: D.S. Batey & R. Schnall and Harnessing the Power of Social Network Support to Improve Retention in Care and Viral Suppression among Young Black Men in Chicago and Alabama: A Hybrid Type I Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of Project nGage, 1 R01 MH 125744-01, MPI: D.S. Batey & A. Bouris), co-PI on a study funded by UAB Lister Hill Center’s Pilot Grants for Health Policy Research with Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter to improve health equity for LGBTQ adults living in Alabama, and Co-Investigator on several pilot studies. Dr. Kay's research focuses on LGBTQ and HIV health, with the ultimate goal of improving health equity of these populations. 

Josh Bruce

Director of New Initiatives, Magic City Research Institute

Josh Bruce (he/him) is the Director of Research Initiatives of the Magic City Research Institute. Mr. Bruce has ten years of experience working with infectious diseases including HIV, hepatitis C, STIs, HPV, and more recently, COVID-19. He began his career with BAO as the Director of Education managing all aspects of HIV/STI and hepatitis C testing and worked closely with newly diagnosed individuals to link them into medical care for treatment. Alongside his experience in prevention, Mr. Bruce graduated from the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) with a master’s in public health and has worked on several research studies in collaboration with UAB, Columbia University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Washington, the University of Chicago, HIV Prevention Trials Network, the CDC, and the NIH. Mr. Bruce’s research efforts focus on LGBTQ health and communicable diseases, with the definitive goal to improve health outcomes for marginalized communities.

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Scott Batey

University of Alabama at Birmingham Research Consultant

Dr. D. Scott Batey (he/him) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), with secondary appointments in the Division of Infectious Diseases (School of Medicine) and Department of Health Behavior (Ryals School of Public Health). He is a Scientist with the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), where he leads the Center’s community engagement efforts as the Engagement and Continuum of Care Specialist. Dr. Batey’s research focuses on eliminating health disparities, especially those prominent along the HIV Continua of Care. Within this framework, he conducts mixed-methods research to answer important research questions. Informed by 23 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. Dr. Batey is PI, site PI (Investigator of Record), or Co-I on several ongoing NIH studies, including MPI on the recent NINR award, CHAMPS: A randomized trial of a Community Health Worker intervention for persons living with HIV in two high priority settings (R01NR019758-01, MPI: D.S. Batey & R. Schnall). 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 lives with his husband of 26 years, Bryan, and their three French bulldogs, Nola, Napoleon, and Ollie Merle.


Karen Musgrove
PhD, MEd, LPC​

CEO, Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) 

Dr. Karen Musgrove (she/hers) currently serves as the CEO for BAO, Magic City Acceptance Center, Magic City Wellness Center, and the Magic City Acceptance Academy. BAO is the first non-profit agency in Alabama with the mission to serve HIV positive individuals.  The Magic City Wellness Center is the first LGBTQ medical wellness center in the state of Alabama, the Magic City Acceptance Center is a LGBTQ youth center, and the Magic City Acceptance Academy, opening in 2021, will be the first LGBTQ affirming charter school. Dr. Musgrove has experience in case management, grant writing, grant administration, administrating new programs, management of funding, program development, speaking on a variety of subjects, natural disaster emergency response, and community collaboration. Dr. Musgrove graduated in 2020 from the UAB School of Public Health and with a dissertation research topic, “Exploring the Physical and Mental Health Disparities in the Transgender Male Community in a Southern Community-Based Medical LGBTQ Organization”  to bring attention to the transgender medical and mental health needs. Dr. Musgrove is the UAB School of Public Health 2020 Student of the Year. Dr. Musgrove and has worked for various non-profits in the Birmingham community including Gateway, JBS Mental Health Authority and American Red Cross.  Honors include: Leadership Alabama, 2019; Leadership Birmingham, 2015; The Women’s Network; American Red Cross Mental Health Volunteer, World Trade Center 9/11, 2001; Top 40 under 40, Birmingham Business Journal, 2001; Smart Woman 2012, The Women’s Fund. Karen has served on the following non-profit boards: Sidewalk Film Festival; The Magic City Choral Society – founding board member, past chair; Crestwood North Neighborhood – board member; Central Alabama Theatre – founding board member, vice chair; Birmingham AIDS Outreach – board member and executive committee.