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Jan M. Eberth, Ph.D.

Jan M. Eberth, PhD

Director, Rural and Minority Health Research Center                                                          Research Interests: Spatial Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, Cancer Screening and Treatment, Access to Care, Health Care Quality

Elizabeth Crouch, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Crouch, PhD

Deputy Director, Rural and Minority Health Research Center                                       Research Interests: Health Policy, Health Economics, Access to Care in Rural and Underserved Populations

Janice C. Probst, Ph.D.

Janice C. Probst, PhD

Director Emerita, Rural and Minority Health Research Center                                    Research Interests: Rural Health Care Delivery, Health Disparities, Potentially Preventable Hospitalization

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Demetrius Abshire, PhD, RN

Affiliate/ Research Interests: Obesity Prevention and Treatment, Men’s Health, Rural Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health

Swann Arp Adams, Ph.D., MS

Swann Arp Adams, PhD, MS

Investigator/ Research Interests: Disparities in Cancer from Prevention/Screening to Diagnosis to Long-term Survivorship

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Christina Andrews, PhD

Investigator/ Research Interests: Impact of the Organization and Financing of Addiction Treatment on Service Access; Gender, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Treatment Service Access; Adoption of Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

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Nathaniel Bell, PhD

Investigator/ Research Interests: Spatial Analysis, Health Services Research, Social Epidemiology, Injury Epidemiology, Nursing Science, Medicaid

Kevin J. Bennett, Ph.D.

Kevin J. Bennett, PhD

Investigator/ Research Interests: Care Delivery for Vulnerable Populations, Quality Improvement Research  

jennifer browder

Jennifer Browder, LMSW

Maternal and Child Health Projects Coordinator/ Research Interests: Maternal and Child Health, Community Health, and Mental Health

Monique J. Brown-Smith, Ph.D., MPH

Monique J. Brown-Smith, PhD, MPH

Investigator/ Research Interests: HIV Intervention and Prevention; Childhood Trauma; Social, Behavioral and Mental Health; and Aging. She is interested in these as separate and intersecting areas of study

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Cynthia Calef, MAML, MPH

Program Coordinator/ Research Interests: Cancer Screenings, Community Health, and Minority Health

Pam Gillam

Pam Gillam

Investigator/Director, Core for Applied Research and Evaluation, Office of Research

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Janie Godbold

Program Manager/ Expertise: Pre- and Post-Award Management

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Sayward Harrison, PhD

Affiliate/ Research Interests: Improving the health and wellbeing of youth who are impacted by acute and chronic health conditions

Pei-Yin Hung, Ph.D.

Pei-Yin Hung, PhD

Investigator/ Research Interests: Health Disparity, Health Care Quality, Maternal and Child Health, Access to Care, Consumer Choice

Andrew Kaczynski

Andrew T. Kaczynski, PhD

Affiliate/ Research Interests: Physical Activity, Healthy Eating, Obesity Prevention

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Jihong Liu, Sc.D.

Investigator/ Research Interests: Perinatal Epidemiology, Obesity and Physical Activity in Mothers and Children, Health Disparities, Reproductive Health, International Health

Alexander McLain

Alexander C. McLain, PhD

Investigator/ Research Interests: Problems that Arise in Biomedical Studies with Longitudinal Biomarkers 

Melinda Merrell

Melinda A. Merrell, PhD, MPH

Research Assistant Professor/ Research Interests: Rural Health Care Delivery, Rural Hospital Closures, Emergency Medicine, Community Health Development, Social Determinants of Health

Dr. Nabil

Nabil Natafgi, PhD, MPH, CPH

Investigator/Research Interests: Quality of Care and Patient Safety, Performance Measurement and Reporting, Telehealth Effectiveness and Evaluation, Patient-Centered Outcomes

Bankole Olatosi, Ph.D.

Bankole Olatosi, PhD

Affiliate/ Research Interests: Managing Teams and Conducting Quantitative Analyses, Building System Capacity, Working with Different Stakeholders in Healthcare

Dr. Owens

Shaun Owens, PhD, MPH

Investigator/ Research Interests: Health and Cancer Communications with Diverse Populations, Technology for Health Promotion and Informed Decision Making in Aging Adults, Smart and Connected Health

Dr. Self

Stella Self, PhD, MS

Investigator/ Research Interests: Bayesian Spatio-Temporal Modeling, Spatial Clustering Analysis, Disease Forecasting, Random Effects Models, and Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods

myriam torres

Myriam E. Torres, PhD, MSPH

Affiliate/ Research Interests: Hispanic/Latino Health, International Health, HIV/AIDS

lauren workman

Lauren Workman, PhD, MPH

Investigator/ Research Interests: Community Health Development, Maternal and Child Health, Access to Healthcare, Qualitative Methods

Whitney Zahnd

Whitney Zahnd, PhD

Research Assistant Professor/ Research Interests:  Rural Health, Cancer Disparities, Access to Care, Spatial Epidemiology, Social Epidemiology

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Gabe Benavidez

Gabriel Benavidez

Research Interests: Healthcare Quality/Access/Utilization, Cancer Screening/Health Outcomes, Chronic Disease Prevention, Causal Inference Methods

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Allyson Malbouf

Research Interests: Public Health Management, Access to Healthcare in Rural Areas, Maternal and Child Health, and Oral Health and Preventive Care

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Cathryn Murphy

Research Interests: Health Equity in Rural Communities, Disparities in Cancer for Susceptible Groups Across the Continuum, and Systemic Health and Cognitive Barriers to Refugees and Immigrants

Oyeleye Oyesode

Oyeleye Oyesode

Research Interests: Cancer prevention, Eliminating Health disparities among minorities, Health outcomes, and Healthcare Utilization  

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Radhika Ranganathan

Research Interests: Health Related Quality of Life & Survival Analysis of Patients with Chronic Illnesses especially in those with Cancer and Cardiac Conditions; Health Disparities Research; Application of Quality Management Tools in Patient  Centered Research

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Kewei (Sylvia) Shi

Research Interests: Health Outcome; Health Economics; Cancer Prevention, Diagnose and Treatment; Geriatrics

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Allie Silverman

Research Interests: Public Health Social Work, Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Prevention, Behavioral Health Services Research, Health Care Policy

Nick Yell

Nick Yell

Research Interests: Time Series Analysis, Survival Analysis, Quality of Life and Health, Study/Experimental Design 

Anja Zgodic

Anja Zgodic, ScM

Research Interests: Longitudinal Data Analysis, Statistical Methods for Joint Modeling, Bayesian Statistics, Machine Learning


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