Karl M. Hamner

Karl Hamner, PhD, is the Assistant Dean of Research for the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama (UA) and the inaugural Director of the Office of Evaluation for the UA College of Education. He serves as Vice President for the Holt Community Partnership in Holt, Alabama, Vice Chair of the Health Action Partnership of Walker County, Alabama, and as a member of the UA Council for Community-Based Partnerships. He also Co-Chairs the UA-VA Research Liaison Committee and is Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the Alabama Veterans Network (AlaVetNet).

Dr. Hamner has been a social science and health researcher, program development and evaluation consultant, and training specialist for federal, state, county and community-based agencies. He has extensive experience conducting research and program evaluation on multi-cultural health and social issues, as well as conducting professional development workshops and trainings on a wide range of topics. Throughout his career, he has written or directed the development of numerous successful grant proposals funded by a wide variety of federal agencies – including the Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration – private and corporate foundations – including The California Endowment, The David & Lucille Packard Foundation, The Mott Foundation, and The Alcoa Foundation, and numerous state, regional and local agencies.

He is co-PI on studies funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Community Foundation of South Alabama, and the Southern Nursing Research Association, and is the evaluator for two SAMSHA funded drug courts, a SAMSHA funded early childhood development program, and a CDC funded colorectal cancer screening and referral grant.

He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993.