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Arnold School of Public Health

Affiliated Scholars

Janey Beer

Jenay M. Beer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director of the Assistive Robotics and Technology Lab (ART Lab)
Associate Director of Usability for SmartHOME Research Initiative
College of Engineering & Computing, and College of Social Work, USC, Columbia, SC

Dr. Beer specializes in human-robot interaction (HRI) for the older adult population.  Primary research interests include the application of technology to improve the quality of lives for older adults, as well as the application of assistive technology for older individuals with disability.

Heather Brandt

Heather M. Brandt, Ph.D., CHES

Associate Professor
Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC
Core Faculty
Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program
USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC

Dr. Brandt’s research interests center on: health promotion, disparities research, cancer screening, community-based participatory research, health literacy and women’s health.

Sandra Coulon

Sandra Coulon, Ph.D.

Primary Care Mental Health Integration, Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC

Dr. Coulon is a psychologist and clinical scientist, with interests in behavioral medicine approaches to preventing chronic disease in adulthood, and to improving mental well-being. As a postdoctoral researcher with the TecHealth Center, Dr. Coulon worked to identify and evaluate technology-based approaches for stress management and weight-related intervention for chronic disease in adulthood.

Stacy Fritz

Stacy Fritz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Exercise Science, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC

Program Director
Physical Therapy Program 

Rehab Lab Complex

Dr. Fritz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Director of the Physical Therapy program at the University of South Carolina.  Her research focuses are:  rehabilitation of individuals with chronic neurological insult, physical activity for individuals with chronic disability along with the use of technology to improve outcomes in this population, and walking speed as a sign of vital function. 

Jean Harvey

Jean Harvey, Ph.D., RD

Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences and UVM Medical College, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Dr. Harvey’s research interests focus on behavioral weight management programs, particularly internet-based interventions.   Childhood obesity and weight loss in breast cancer survivors and coronary patients are additional areas of investigation.


Rebecca Krukowski

Rebecca Krukowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Dr. Krukowski is a clinical psychologist who focuses on developing and implementing evidence-based behavioral weight control interventions, particularly those which include technology-based self-monitoring components and have a focus on gestational weight gain.


Jihong Liu, Sc.D.

Jihong Liu, Sc.D. 

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC

Dr. Liu’s research interests include perinatal epidemiology, obesity and physical activity in mothers and children, health disparities, reproductive health, international health.


Matt McGrievy

Matt McGrievy, Ed.D.

Web Development & Communications, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC

Matt McGrievy has extensive experience in technical project management and specializes in data management, security, and systems administration. He leads the Web Development & Communications Core in the Arnold School, which offers a wide range of technical services, including website design, custom database development, data capture solutions, multimedia production, and content management system (CMS) development. 


Beth Sundstrom

Beth L. Sundstrom, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Women’s Health Research Team
Public Health, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Graduate Faculty
University of Charleston, SC

Dr. Sundstrom’s research interests include strategic health communication, social marketing, and women’s health. She is a multiple methods researcher, with expertise in survey design methodology and qualitative methods, particularly interviews and focus groups.  Dr. Sundstrom is the author of Reproductive Justice and Women’s Voices: Health Communication across the Lifespan (2015) in addition to research articles in top-tier journals.

Tracy Voss

Tracy Voss, MD

Associate Professor
Division of Internal Medicine, USC School of Medicine, Columbia, SC

Dr. Voss has assumed a variety of roles within the Division of General Internal Medicine where she presently is the Physician Manager of the Faculty Practice as well as the Physician Champion for the Patient Centered Medical Home transformation.  She has a busy faculty practice and has been the anchor physician for the faculty’s 2400 patients and spends about 75 percent of her time in clinical work. She has recruited patients over the years for multiple studies that the faculty practice has participated in including the ACCORD and SPRINT trials.  Dr. Voss has consistently been an early adapter of change and routinely works on practice improvements and innovations in change.

Sara Wilcox

Sara Wilcox, Ph.D.

Department of Exercise Science, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC
Prevention Research Center, USC Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia, SC

Dr. Wilcox’s research interests center on individual, social, and environmental factors that influence physical activity and healthy eating as well as interventions to promote these behaviors in women, older adults, African Americans and other less-studied populations.


Dawn Wilson

Dawn K. Wilson, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology, USC College of Arts and Sciences, Columbia, SC
Obesity Research Group, USC, Columbia, SC
President Elect of the Society of Health Psychology (Division 38)
American Psychological Association

Dr. Wilson’s nationally funded program of research has focused on developing innovative, theoretically-based interventions for health promotion in minority adolescents and their families. Her theoretical approach integrates bio-ecological models, family systems, and motivational approaches for understanding social and environmental influences of long-term health behavior change.


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