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Arnold School of Public Health


 Center Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth Crouch, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Crouch, PhD

Director, Rural and Minority Health Research Center                                                          Research Interests: Health Policy; Health Economics; Access to Care in Rural and Underserved Populations

Pei-Yin Hung, Ph.D.

Peiyin Hung, PhD

Deputy Director, Rural and Minority Health Research Center                                          Research Interests: Health Disparity; Health Care Quality; Maternal and Child Health; Access to Care; Consumer Choice


Demetrius Abshire, PhD, RN

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Obesity Prevention and Treatment; Men’s Health; Rural Health Disparities; Social Determinants of Health


Christina Andrews, PhD

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Impact of the Organization and Financing of Addiction Treatment on Service Access; Gender, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Treatment Service Access; Adoption of Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Gabe Benavidez

Gabriel Benavidez, PhD

Outside Investigator/Research Interests: Healthcare Quality, Access,Utilization; Cancer Screening/Health Outcomes; Chronic Disease Prevention; Causal Inference Methods

Kevin J. Bennett, Ph.D.

Kevin Bennett, PhD

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Care Delivery for Vulnerable Populations; Quality Improvement Research  

Emma Boswell

Emma Boswell, MPH

Research Associate/Research Interests: Maternal and Child Health; Social Determinants of Health; Adverse Childhood Experiences; Health Disparities; Perinatal Epidemiology

jennifer browder

Jennifer Browder, LMSW

Maternal and Child Health Projects Coordinator/Research Interests: Maternal and Child Health; Community Health; Mental Health

Monique J. Brown-Smith, Ph.D., MPH

Monique J. Brown-Smith, PhD, MPH

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: HIV Intervention and Prevention; Childhood Trauma; Social, Behavioral and Mental Health; Aging 

Pam Gillam

Pam Gillam

Affiliated Investigator/Director, Core for Applied Research and Evaluation, Office of Research

janie godbold

Janie Godbold

Business Operations Specialist/Expertise: Business Manager; Pre- and Post-Award Management; Graduate Student Liaison; HR contact


Sayward Harrison, PhD

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Improving the health and wellbeing of youth who are impacted by acute and chronic health conditions

Dr. Hoppmann

Anna Hoppmann MD, MPH

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Childhood cancer disparities, cancer epidemiology, social determinants of health    


Daniel J. Kilpatrick, PhD, MPH, CEPR

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Emergency Management; Disaster Risk Reduction


Jihong Liu, Sc.D.

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Perinatal Epidemiology; Obesity and Physical Activity in Mothers and Children; Health Disparities; Reproductive Health; International Health

Dr. McNatt

Mary-Katherine McNatt, Dr.PH, MPH

Outside Investigator/Research Interests: Rural and Border Health; American Indian Health Inequities; Public Health Preparedness; Online Transformational and Applied Education

Alexander McLain

Alexander C. McLain, PhD

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Problems that Arise in Biomedical Studies with Longitudinal Biomarkers 

Melinda Merrell

Melinda A. Merrell, PhD, MPH

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Rural Health Care Delivery; Rural Hospital Closures; Emergency Medicine; Community Health Development; Social Determinants of Health

Dr. Nabil

Nabil Natafgi, PhD, MPH, CPH

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Quality of Care and Patient Safety; Performance Measurement and Reporting; Telehealth Effectiveness and Evaluation; Patient-Centered Outcomes

Cassie Odahowski

Cassie Odahowski, PhD, MPH

Research Associate/Research Interests: Rural and Racial Health Disparities; Access to Care; Social Epidemiology

Bankole Olatosi, Ph.D.

Bankole Olatosi, PhD

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Managing Teams and Conducting Quantitative Analyses; Building System Capacity; Working with Different Stakeholders in Healthcare


Dwayne Porter, PhD, MS

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Exploring and expanding the increasingly important roles that technology and technological innovations play in monitoring, assessing, modeling, and managing our coastal environmental resources and associated environmental and public health issues

Dr. Self

Stella Self, PhD, MS

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Bayesian Spatio-Temporal Modeling; Spatial Clustering Analysis; Disease Forecasting; Random Effects Models; and Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods

Dr. Hayden Smith

Hayden Smith, PhD

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests:  Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System; Suicide and Self-Injurious Behaviors in Corrections; Officer Safety and Well-Being; Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA); Standards of Care; Program Evaluation

myriam torres

Myriam E. Torres, PhD, MSPH

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Hispanic/Latino Health; International Health; HIV/AIDS

Dr. Wirth

Michael Wirth, PhD, MSPH

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Effects of circadian rhythm disruption on the human body and various health outcomes; dietary sources of inflammation; physical activity; stress on health  

lauren workman

Lauren Workman, PhD, MPH

Affiliated Investigator/Research Interests: Community Health Development; Maternal and Child Health; Access to Healthcare; Qualitative Methods

Whitney Zahnd

Whitney Zahnd, PhD

Outside Investigator/Research Interests:  Rural Health; Cancer Disparities; Access to Care; Spatial Epidemiology; Social Epidemiology

Graduate Research Associates

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