Investigators

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Principal Investigators

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD MSCI

Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Associate Professor of Medicine Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College

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A physician and biomedical researcher, Dr. Wilkins is internationally recognized for her work in community engaged research and is a leader in the emerging field of precision medicine. She served as Founding Director of the Center for Community Health and Partnerships in the Institute for Public Health and gained national recognition in the fields of aging and community engaged research.

Dr. Wilkins is Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance–a strategic partnership between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Howard University College of Arts and Sciences and received the Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 1996. She completed internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a geriatric medicine fellowship at Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Her research focused on the complex intersection between cognitive impairment, physical frailty, and depression and contributed significantly to the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease among African Americans.

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD MSCI

Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Nancy J. Cox, PhD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Dr. Nancy Cox was recruited to lead the VGI initiative and the Training Program in Genetic Variation and Human Phenotypes in 2015. Her primary appointment is in the Department of Medicine, and she also serves as the Director of the Division of Genetic Medicine. She is a quantitative human geneticist with a long-standing research program in identifying and characterizing the genetic component of common human diseases. Her current research is focused on large-scale integration of genomics with other “-omics” data, as well as biobank and electronic medical records data. Specifically, Dr. Cox’s laboratory develops methods for analyzing genetic and genomic data and then applies those methods to the analysis of genome data on common diseases and translational phenotypes, such as pharmacogenomics traits, with a particular focus now on the integration of information on genome function with methods for the analysis of genome data on icogenomics, breast cancer, diabetes and its complications, autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Tourette Syndrome and OCD. Her work has also been funded to develop methods for the analysis of 1,000 Genomes Project data as well as GTEx Project data. Most recently, methods development has focused on the development of genome predictors of expression of genes across all GTEx tissues. Using GTEx as a reference panel for predicting gene expression phenotypes is analogous to the way 1,000 Genomes Project data have been used as a reference panel for imputation of SNP data. Her lab proposes to augment the analyses planned for this project using gene-based tests associating genetically predicted gene expression (for relevant tissues) with case/control status (or with a quantitative trait). In addition, through her activities as VGI Director, she will be enhancing the number of samples with genome interrogation in BioVU and plans to make the results of new types of statistical genomics analyses on BioVU data available to the Vanderbilt community of scientists.

Nancy J. Cox, PhD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Maria F. Lima, PhD

Meharry Medical College

Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Meharry Medical College

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Maria F. Lima, Ph.D is currently a tenured Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. Her area of research is infectious diseases; more specifically, the molecular basis of microbial pathogenesis. As the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, she has obtained innovative and substantive funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to enhance graduate training at Meharry Medical College.

Dr. Lima has been the chair and reviewer on numerous grant study sections for the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health, including the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities as well as the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Maria F. Lima, PhD

Meharry Medical College

Roy E. Weiss, MD, PhD

University of Miami Miller School Medicine

Professor of Medicine Chairman of the Department of Medicine

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Dr. Roy E. Weiss is board certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Weiss is an expert in diseases of the thyroid and pituitary disorders. His research has centered on the mechanisms of thyroid hormone action at the molecular, physiological, and psychological levels, including the molecular basis for the syndrome of resistance to thyroid hormone. He also has conducted several clinical studies evaluating treatment of thyroid disease.

In addition to teaching medical student courses in physiology and pathology, Weiss has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences. He recently co-authored a book, “Genetic Diagnosis of Endocrine Disorders,” serves on the editorial board of Endocrinology, and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles on thyroid disease research and endocrinology. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Endocrinology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Weiss is also the 2014 President-Elect for the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research.

Roy E. Weiss, MD, PhD

University of Miami Miller School Medicine

Investigators

Dalia I. Lorenzo

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Dalia Lorenzo is a research coordinator at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Population Health. She completed a BS and MPH at the University of Miami and is currently working on her MBA at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. Dalia has also served as a research coordinator for University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies’ NIH/NIMHD-funded Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research, which advances the science of reducing health disparities in the areas of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, family and intimate partner violence, and associated mental and physical health conditions.

Dalia I. Lorenzo

Stephania T. Miller-Hughes, PhD MS MSCI

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Stephania Miller-Hughes, PhD, MS, MSCI is a behavioral scientist and health disparities researcher. She has an overarching interest in translating evidence-based interventions to eliminate chronic disease burdens experienced by racial and ethnic minorities. Her long-time program of funded research is focused on community-engaged and patient-relevant efforts to reduce the disproportionate diabetes burden experienced by African American women. She has expertise in lifestyle intervention development and implementation, patient-centered counseling protocol development and implementation, qualitative research, survey development, and community engagement.

Locally, she serves in several research infrastructure roles. Regionally, she represents Tennessee in efforts to address social determinants that negatively impact the health of racial and ethnic minorities. Nationally, she serves as a grant reviewer for various entities, such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Addressing Disparities Panel) and other academic institutions.

Stephania T. Miller-Hughes, PhD MS MSCI

Sonjia Kenya, EdD MS MA

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Sonjia Kenya, EdD MS MA

Victoria B. Mitrani, PhD

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Victoria Mitrani, PhD, is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She completed a BA and a PhD in psychology at the University of Miami. Dr. Mitrani is a licensed psychologist with clinical specialization in family therapy. Her research focuses on family process and family intervention in populations affected by substance abuse and HIV.

Dr. Mitrani directs the SONHS PhD program and teaches quantitative research methods and research ethics in the PhD program. She is the principal investigator and research director of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies’ NIH/NIMHD-funded Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research, which advances the science of reducing health disparities in the areas of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, family and intimate partner violence, and associated mental and physical health conditions. El Centro is focused on improving health equity among groups of Hispanic and African descent, sexual minorities and people in Caribbean and Latin American nations through the development, testing and dissemination of culturally tailored interventions. Dr. Mitrani also serves as vice-chair of the University of Miami Social Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board.

Victoria B. Mitrani, PhD

Ilse Duarte, MS

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Ilse Duarte, MS

Sarah C. Stallings, PhD

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Sarah C. Stallings, PhD

Alecia M. Fair, DrPH

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Alecia M. Fair, DrPH

Heather Limper, PhD

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Dr. Limper’s primary research interests lie in implementation science, specifically focusing on technical and operational methods of behavioral intervention to improve patient safety and quality in the healthcare environment. She has particularly focused on cognitive factors affecting the uptake of interventions among healthcare providers. Her dissertation research focused on the accuracy, uptake, and impact of electronic monitoring technology as a method for measuring hand hygiene behavior among healthcare personnel in an inpatient hospital setting. While at the University of Chicago, Dr. Limper helped launch the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation as the inaugural epidemiologist. She created the first offering of a health analytics course as part of the Master of Science in Analytics at the University of Chicago where she also served as a member of the Biological Sciences Division Institutional Review Board and developed a pathway for oversight of quality improvement projects deemed non-human subjects research.

Heather Limper, PhD

Vivian Yeh, PhD

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Dr. Vivian Yeh is a Senior Research Specialist at the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research. She is a clinical psychologist with a PhD from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is interested in how emotions impact health behavior change and how behavioral health practices can be optimized in medical settings. Prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2017, Dr. Yeh worked in healthcare consulting and helped systems identify practice transformation opportunities to harmonize workplace culture and achieve operational efficiencies. She is currently a Project Manager for the PMHDC’s implementation efforts to engage underserved populations. Additionally, Dr. Yeh is conducting research on health literacy and depression in the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) cohort with The Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN).

Vivian Yeh, PhD

Brendaly Rodriguez, MA

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Brendaly Rodriguez is the Project Manager of the Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at University of Miami. A 1997 Fulbright Communication Scholar, she received a BA from University of Puerto Rico, and an MA from Arizona State University. For close to 20 years, she has coordinated and managed CDC and NIH-funded projects and other large-scale programs on Hispanic/Latino communities, language and culture issues, public health, social marketing, health communication, and evaluation practice. She is also frequently sought after as a presenter and consultant on these issues. Among her leadership roles, she is member of the HHS/OMH National Steering Committee for Promotores de Salud, is the past Vice President of the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association (LC-APHA), and is Co-President of the Florida Community Health Workers Coalition (FCHWC). As such, she led a statewide coalition that ultimately resulted in Florida becoming the 7th state to develop a Community Health Worker (CHW) certification program and a training module on patient centered outcomes research for CHWs and promotores de salud.

Brendaly Rodriguez, MA

Nicholas Tsinoremas, PhD

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Dr. Nicholas Tsinoremas holds faculty appointments at the Miller School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. He is the Founding Director for the University of Miami Center for Computational Science.

Dr. Tsinoremas is an international leader in computational genomics and bioinformatics, and brings over 25 years of academic and industrial experience to the University of Miami. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds, UK. Before joining the University of Miami, he served as Senior Director of Informatics at The Scripps Research Institute-Florida. There, he recruited and managed the Informatics and IT groups for the newly formed Scripps Florida.

As Director of Computational Genomics and Genomic Discovery at Merck/Rosetta, he directed the project that combined informatics and computational approaches with gene expression profiling and genetics to discover, prioritize, and define drug target genes. Prior to working for Merck/Rosetta, Tsinoremas was the Vice-President of Genomics at DoubleTwist Inc., where he determined the scientific direction of DoubleTwist’s bioinformatics applications and databases.

Nicholas Tsinoremas, PhD

Douglas Conway

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Douglas Conway

Natascha Schaefer-Solle, PhD RN

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Natasha Schaefer-Solle, PhD RN, is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of a pilot study, “Understanding Female Firefighters’ Risks and Perceptions of Cervical Cancer,” funded through the State of Florida as part of a larger cancer research initiative, the Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI), developed between the firefighters of South Florida and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. This pilot aims to better understand cervical cancer screening behaviors in female firefighters through qualitative data collection.

Natascha Schaefer-Solle, PhD RN

Emily K. Cornish, MPH

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Emily K. Cornish, MPH

Leah R. Alexander, PhD MPH

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Leah R. Alexander, PhD MPH

Lea Karatheodoris Davis, PhD

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Dr. Lea Davis’s work explores the “genomic architecture” of complex traits, defined as the type, frequency, and function of DNA variants en masse that contribute to the genetic predisposition of a given trait. Until recently, the human genetics field has been highly focused on the identification of individual DNA variants associated with complex phenotypes. However, recent research from the Davis lab and others has demonstrated that many complex traits, including Tourette Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, are highly polygenic with risk distributed across hundreds or thousands of polymorphisms. Through the application of quantitative genetic methods, the Davis lab seeks to answer questions that follow from this observation including (1) How does genomic architecture differ across complex human traits? (2) What kinds of selective pressures shape the polygenic landscape of different phenotypes? (3) How do functional elements (e.g., eQTLs, enhancers, methylation QTLs) influence or concentrate risk? (4) How does sexual dimorphism influence the expression of polygenic burden? The overarching goal of the Davis lab is to integrate functional knowledge of the genome into polygenic approaches to answer such questions. To do this, the Davis lab uses state-of-the-art computational and statistical methods to inform classical quantitative models (used for decades in animal and plant genetics) along with biologically relevant expression data, rare variant data (e.g., exome data, copy number variant data), and environmental data (e.g., prenatal infection or smoking history). Through these integrated approaches, Dr. Davis hopes to understand the biological basis and genetic architecture of common complex phenotypes.

Lea Karatheodoris Davis, PhD

Melinda C. Aldrich, PhD

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Dr. Aldrich attended college at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received her B.A. in Biology in 1992. After finishing college, she worked at Genentech, Inc. as a research scientist focusing on asthma pulmonary biology. In 2001, she left Genentech to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2003, and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology in 2007. Dr. Aldrich completed her postdoctoral training in 2010 at the University of California, San Francisco focusing on racial/ethnic differences in pulmonary function. She joined the VUMC faculty in October 2010.

Dr. Aldrich’s research interests focus on identifying genetic and environmental risk factors for lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in diverse racial/ethnic populations. Current projects include investigating racial differences in lung cancer incidence and survival outcomes, lung cancer risk prediction in screening populations, the genetic relationship between COPD and lung cancer, social vs genetic factors contributing to health disparities, and population genetics of African Americans. Dr. Aldrich’s research leverages large-scale epidemiologic studies and BioVU, Vanderbilt’s biobank.

Melinda C. Aldrich, PhD

Erin N. Kobetz, PhD MPH

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Erin Kobetz, PhD is the Principle Investigator (PI) for the Addressing Cervical Cancer Disparity in South Florida CPR in Action, also known as HIYA, awarded in 2014 from The National Cancer Institute. This project focus on the efficacy of a mailed HPV self-sampling intervention for cervical cancer screening in the underserved communities of Little Haiti, Hialeah, and South Dade. Like other predominately minority, low-income neighborhoods across the United States, these communities contribute to excess cervical cancer incidence and mortality, largely due to lack of access to routine Pap smear screening and timely follow up for detected abnormalities.

The HPV self-sampling intervention was found previously to be highly efficacious when delivered in-person by a community health worker. The current project aims to determine whether mailing the self-sampler will be equal to or better than the CHW-delivered intervention with respect to screening uptake. If shown to be efficacious, the mailed self-sampler will represent an innovative and cost-effective strategy to improve access to cervical cancer screening among underserved communities, and may be integrated into standard clinical practice at federally-qualified healthcare centers.

Erin N. Kobetz, PhD MPH

J. Sunil Rao, PhD

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J. Sunil Rao PhD is the Interim Chair of the Division of Public Health Sciences and the Division Director of the Division of Biostatistics at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. His methodological statistical research interests include high dimensional statistical modeling, model selection, mixed model selection and prediction, modeling incomplete data, robust estimation, bump hunting, statistical formulations for precision medicine, and the statistical analysis of disparity data. Dr. Rao’s areas of cancer research have included genetic screening for colon cancer screening (including work on the now FDA approved Cologuard test), genomic modeling of colon cancer progression (including the widely used Bayesian ANOVA for microarrays technique), identification of patient subgroups most likely to do well on therapy, and now cancer disparity modeling including for colon and cervical cancer. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute and co-leader of the Cancer Control and Prevention program at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.

J. Sunil Rao, PhD

Bettina M. Beech, DrPH MPH

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Dr. Bettina Beech is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health, Executive Director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, and Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Beech is involved in several national public health-related activities. She has recently been a member of several national committees including: the Advisory Board for the Primary Care Network for the Treatment of Adolescent Obesity, the Disparities Subcommittee of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Expert Panel to advise the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) on their future initiatives, and a 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Panel on Early Childhood Obesity Policies. Additionally, she served as an external reviewer for an Institute of Medicine report, “WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change.” She is also a member of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), and is the lead editor of the book, “Race and Research in Focus: Perspectives on Minority Participation in Health Studies, published by the American Public Health Association.

Bettina M. Beech, DrPH MPH

Hector F. Myers, PhD

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Hector Myers, PhD. has published extensively on biobehavioral and psychosocial factors contributing to ethnic disparities in health & mental health. He has maintained an active collaborative program of research including the first neurobehavioral sequelae of HIV/AIDS in African American men, on one of the largest longitudinal studies of HIV-positive women and their partners, on a clinical trial of a risk reduction intervention for women with histories of child sexual abuse, and on the NIMH collaborative multi-site trial of a risk reduction intervention for HIV-serodiscordant African American couples.

Dr. Myers has also collaborated on several large clinical trials of Transcendental Meditation intervention with African American adults with hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, on a pilot randomized clinical trial testing the efficacy of Mindfulness Meditation and immune status in HIV/AIDS, as well as on an NIMH-funded multi-site clinical trial testing for ethnic differences in genetic and psychosocial factors affecting treatment response to Citalopram in adults with uncomplicated major depression.

Hector F. Myers, PhD

Katherine Walz, PhD

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Katherina Walz, Ph.D., is a biologist interested in the understanding of molecular bases of human genetic conditions, with special emphasis in those that are related to brain function and altered behavioral outcomes.

Her research is focused in the validation of the genetic cause, the definition of the phenotypic outcomes and the elucidation of the molecular and physiological pathways related to human diseases. Dr. Walz is also an Research Associate Professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics.

Katherine Walz, PhD

Margaret Pericak-Vance, PhD

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Dr. Pericak-Vance is the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department Professor of Human Genomics and Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. She is also the Executive Vice Chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics. She is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and a board-certified Ph.D. medical geneticist. Dr. Pericak-Vance is a global leader in the genetics of common diseases. She excels at the integration of genomic and statistical technologies and their application to diseases of public health importance in general, and to neurologic diseases in particular. Her more than 500 peer-reviewed papers demonstrate outstanding productivity and establish important milestones in diseases. She has a particular interest in neurogenetic diseases such as Alzheimer disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis, and has several active studies in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and Asperger disorder. Her research also is breaking ground in the genetics of eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa.

Margaret Pericak-Vance, PhD

William K Scott, PhD

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William K. Scott, Ph.D. is Professor and Vice-Chair for Education & Training in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, and Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is also a core faculty member of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. Dr. Scott’s research focuses on the identification of gene and environment interactions that influence risk of complex diseases.

William K Scott, PhD

Fernando Villalta, PhD

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Fernando Villalta, PhD

David W. Haas, MD

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Dr. Haas provides clinical expertise, a strong NIH-funded clinical trials background, and a long history at Vanderbilt. He serves as Associate CFAR Director at Vanderbilt, as well as the Director of the Clinical Sciences Core. He is directly involved in the administration of the Tennessee CFAR at Vanderbilt, as well as in the Nashville HIV/AIDS provider community. He has developed many important collaborations, particularly in areas of genomics and pharmacology. His enthusiasm and energy has already drawn many new investigators into HIV research. He has also established connections between our campuses. He continues to foster interactions with colleagues at other academic institutions. He is directly involved in all Executive Committee and Advisory Board activities and helps monitor Scientific Working Group progress and oversees all Clinical Sciences Core activities.

David W. Haas, MD

Marino Bruce, PhD MSRC MDiv CRC

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Dr. Marino Bruce is a social and behavioral scientist with interests in the integration of the full range of health determinants specifically for young African American males and their risk factors for chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. His current research explores the intersection of race, gender, spirituality, religiosity, and behavior and their implications for social and health outcomes among African American male boys, adolescents and emerging adults. He is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and an ordained Baptist Minister and leverages the strengths of research-, community-, and faith-based communities toward efforts to improve the health of disadvantaged and disenfranchised males, their families, and their communities.

Marino Bruce, PhD MSRC MDiv CRC

Carolyn Szetela, PhD

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Carolyn (Carey) Szetela, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical and Professional Education at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her degree in philosophy, with a medical ethics specialization, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1998. Dr. Szetela designs and presents ethics curricula for medical students, physicians, and researchers. She coordinates opportunities for medical student training in interprofessional and community settings as they learn to deliver coordinated, effective and humanistic healthcare. In her role teaching ethics, she encourages knowledge competencies along with role play and reflection upon attitudes to help build students’ and trainees’ confidence in knowing and honoring ethical practices in patient care. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Nashville General Hospital ethics committee.

Dr. Szetela’s focal interests in ethics include behavioral and social medicine, the prevention of harms due to alcohol and drug misuse, and issues related to genetics and precision medicine. She encourages diverse perspectives in exploring potential benefits and harms of precision medicine, and advocates justice considerations in the application of precision medicine within healthcare.

Carolyn Szetela, PhD

Sunil Kripalani, MD MSc SFHM

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Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, Section of Hospital Medicine. He serves as Co-Director of the Center for Effective Health Communication, Director of the Effective Health Communication Core, and Director of the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research. His research interests include health literacy, transitions of care, medication management, and implementation science.

Dr. Kripalani has served as a member of numerous national committees and task forces related to literacy and health, including being Chair of the NIH grant review panels for health literacy research, coordinating the SGIM health literacy interest group, and serving as Scientific Committee Chair for the 2015 International Conference on Communication in Health Care. He has served as co-editor of two special journal issues on health literacy and health communication, and he led a white paper commissioned by the Institute of Medicine on Organizational Health Literacy. Dr. Kripalani received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and at Emory University he completed his residency in Internal Medicine, fellowship in Hospital Medicine, and Master of Science in Clinical Research.

Sunil Kripalani, MD MSc SFHM

Pamela Hull, PhD

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Pamela Hull, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist with expertise in the development, testing, and dissemination of behavioral interventions to promote cancer prevention behaviors in youth. Her research specifically focuses on increasing HPV vaccine use, healthy eating, and physical activity, using implementation science and technology-based applications. Much of her work addresses health disparities among African American, Hispanic, and low-income populations, in collaboration with community partners. Dr. Hull has over 12 years of experience as an investigator conducting community-engaged research. She earned a Bachelor degree in Sociology from Duke University and a Masters and Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.

Pamela Hull, PhD