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AACORN Charter Members

AACORN's Charter Members include both junior and established scholars with research interests and expertise pertinent to obesity and related health disparities.

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, MS (Human Nutrition) 

AACORN Founder and Chair

Research Professor

Department of Community Health and Prevention

Dornsife School of Public Health

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA


Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


Njeri Karanja, PhD (Human Nutrition)

Senior Investigator

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

Portland, OR


Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD, MA (Physical Activity Epidemiology) 

President & CEO

Gramercy Research Group

Winston-Salem, NC


Bettina M. Beech, DrPH, MPH (Community Health)

Founding Dean, John D. Bower School of Population Health

Professor of Population Health Science, Pediatrics, Family Medicine

Executive Director, Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities

University of Mississippi Medical Center 

Jackson, MS


JoAnne Banks, PhD, RN (Nursing)

Bertha L. Shelton Endowed Professor of Nursing Research

School of Nursing

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC


Tiffany L. Gary-Webb, PhD (Clinical Epidemiology)

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences 

Graduate School of Public Health

University of Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh, PA


Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD (Personality Psychology)

AT&T Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, SC


Carmen D. Samuel-Hodge, PhD, MS, RD (Public Health Nutrition)

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Nutrition

Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC


Kristie J. Lancaster, PhD, RD (Nutrition)

Associate Professor

Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

New York University

New York, NY


Angela M. Odoms-Young, PhD (Community Nutrition)

Associate Professor

Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition

College of Applied Health Sciences

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL


T. Elaine Prewitt, DrPH (Nutrition)

Associate Professor

Department of Health Policy and Management

College of Public Health

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Little Rock, AK