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AACORN Members

Academic Researchers

Jamy Ard, MD

Professor, Epidemiology & Prevention

Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism

General Surgery

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Winston-Salem, NC oxox

Ann Smith Barnes, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

General Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Daheia Barr- Anderson, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor

School of Kinesiology

University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development

Minneapolis, MN

Monica L. Baskin, PhD, MS


Division of Preventive Medicine

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Birmingham, AL

Gary Bennett, PhD 


Global Health Institute

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Duke University

Durham, NC

Lori Carter-Edwards, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Gillings School of Global Public Health

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

Dawnavan Davis, PhD, MS

Director of Health Promotions

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Kansas City, MO

Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD, MA

Professor, Department of Medicine and School of Public Health

Deputy Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy, School of Public Health

Vice Chair, Scholarly Activities, Department of Medicine

Associate Director, Population Health Behavior and Outcomes Program

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL

Sonya Grier, PhD, MBA

AACORN Senior Advisor & Director of Marketing Research Initiatives


Department of Marketing

Kogod School of Business

American University

Washington, DC

Kajuandra Harris Huntley, PhD, MS

Regional Extension Agent in Human Nutrition, Diet and Health

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Tuskegee, AL

LaShanda Jones-Corneille, PhD


Lancaster, CA

Betty Kennedy, PhD, MPA

Community Outreach Specialist

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Baton Rouge, LA

Wendell Taylor, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

University of Texas Health Science

Houston, TX

Delia Smith West, PhD, MS

Carolina SmartState Endowed Chair and Director, Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (TecHealth)

Faculty Affiliate, Prevention Research Center

Professor, Department of Exercise Science

Arnold School of Public Health

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

Deborah Rohm Young, PhD, MBA

Research Scientist III

Department of Research & Evaluation,

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Washington, DC

Community-Based Research Partner

Anna Huff, MPH

Executive Director

Mid Delta Community Consortium

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

West Helena, AR