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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

Abshire

Demetrius Abshire, PhD, RN

Investigator/ 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

Dr. Bell

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  

Heather M. Brandt, Ph.D., CHES

Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES

Investigator/ Research Interests:  Cancer Prevention and Control, specifically HPV Vaccination, Cervical Cancer Screening, and Colorectal Cancer Screening

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

Elijah Christian, MPH

Elijah Christian, MPH

Research Associate/ Research Interests: Minority Health, Health Disparities/Equity and Obesity Prevention

Pam Gillam

Pam Gillam

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

saundra glover

Saundra Glover, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emerita/  Research Interests: Health Disparities, Education and Training to Increase Minorities in the Health Professions

janie godbold

Janie Godbold

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

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

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

Liu

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

Bankole Olatosi, Ph.D.

Bankole Olatosi, PhD

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

myriam torres

Myriam E. Torres, PhD, MSPH

Investigator/ 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

Graduate Research Associates


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