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Class of 2010 Affiliates

Academic Researchers

Olivia Affuso, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Sofiya Alhassan, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director
Pediatric Physical Activity Lab
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Amherst, MA

Osei Appiah, PhD, MS
Professor and Associate Director
School of Communication
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Jameta Barlow, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Women's & Gender Studies
Towson University
Towson, MD

Bryan Batch, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Sara Bleich, PhD
Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Boston, MA

Marino Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv, CRC
Associate Professor, Center for Medicine, Health and Society
Associate Director, Center for Research on Men’s Health
Vanderbilt University

Dana Carthron, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Tiffany L. Carson, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Nichola Davis, MD, MS
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY

Nefertiti Durant, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Myron Floyd, PhD, MA
Department Head and Professor
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Lori Francis, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Health
College of Health and Human Development
The Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA

Cheryl Woods Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
​Melissa and Harry Levine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion, and Wellness
School of Nursing
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Rebecca Hasson, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
Movement Science and Health & Fitness
Director, Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory
Schools of Kinesiology and Public Health
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Gina Evans Hudnall, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Caree J. Jackson-Cotwright, PhD, MS, RD, LD
Assistant Professor
Department of Foods and Nutrition
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

NiCole Keith, PhD, MS, FACSM
School of Physical Education and Tourism Management
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Iman Martin, PhD, MPH, MSc
Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD

Lorna Haughton McNeill, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Health Disparities Research, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Janella Melius, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor
Department of Behavioral Sciences
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC

Keshia Pollack, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management (primary), Center for American Indian Health,  Institute for Health and Social Policy, Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Elizabeth Parks Prout, MD, MSCE
Medical Director
Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Leah E. Robinson, PhD, MS, FACSM
Associate Professor
Department of Movement Science
Director, Child Movement, Activity, and Developmental Health Laboratory
School of Kinesiology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Whitney R. Robinson, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology
UNC Gillings School of Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC

Laura Pat Svetkey, MD
Professor of Medicine
Vice-chair for Faculty Development & Diversity in the Department of Medicine
Director of Clinical Research
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

Rachel Lyn Johnson Thornton, PhD, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
John Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Jerome Williams, PhD, MS
Distinguished Professor and Prudential Chair in Business
Provost of Rutgers, University-Newark and Executive Vice Chancellor
Research Director, of The Center of Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
Rutgers Business School
Rutgers University
Newark, NJ

Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN
Department of Health Systems Science
University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Nursing
Chicago, IL

Community Research Partners

Vanessa Briggs, MBA, RD, LDN
Vice President, Community Health
Holy Cross Health
Silver Spring, MD

Ernestine Delmoor, MPH
President / Principal Investigator
National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer
Philadelphia, PA

Joni Eisenberg, MPH
Policy Analyst, Obesity Prevention and Reduction
DC Department of Health, Community Health Administration
Washington, DC

Elmer Freeman, PhD(c), MSW
Executive Director, Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc.
Director of Urban Health Programs
Boston, MA

Jamillah Hoy-Rosas, MPH, RD, CDN, CDE
Director, Health Coaching & Clinical Partnerships
City Health Works
New York, NY

Rev. William A. Kearney
Minister/Health Advocate
Owner of Bill Kearney & Company Consulting, LLC
Vice President, USMBCA Church Union
Community Outreach Manager, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Warrenton, NC

Rev. James M. Kenady
Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion
Faith-Base Program Coordinator
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL