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Center Faculty & Staff

Jan M. Eberth, Ph.D.

Jan M. Eberth, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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


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, Ph.D., MS

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

Kevin J. Bennett, Ph.D.

Kevin J. Bennett, Ph.D.

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

Heather M. Brandt, Ph.D., CHES

Heather M. Brandt, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D.

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

james hardin

James Hardin, Ph.D.

Investigator/ Research Interests: Diet, Nutrition, Cognitive Psychology, HIV, Sexual Behavior, Cancer, Health Services

Pei-Yin Hung, Ph.D.

Pei-Yin Hung, Ph.D.

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

Andrew Kaczynski

Andrew T. Kaczynski, Ph.D.

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

Angela Liese

Angela D. Liese, Ph.D.

Investigator/ Research Interests: Childhood and Adult Diabetes Mellitus,  Dietary Patterns, Spacial Food Access and Food Security  

Tena McKinney

Selina (Tena) Hunt McKinney, Ph.D., APRN, PMHNP-BC

Investigator/ Research Interests: Mental Health Care Access in Rural Areas  

Alexander McLain

Alexander C. McLain, Ph.D.

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

Melinda Merrell

Melinda Merrell, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.


Susan Outen, MN, RN

Susan Outen, MN, RN

Survey Coordinator/ Research Interests: Nursing Education

myriam torres

Myriam E. Torres, Ph.D., MSPH

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

lauren workman

Lauren Workman, Ph.D., MPH

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

Whitney Zahnd

Whitney Zahnd, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow/ Research Interests:  Rural Health, Cancer Disparities, Access to Care, Spatial Epidemiology, Social Epidemiology

 Graduate Research Assistants