Faculty Leaders Program Participants, Institutions, and Research

Note: The Faculty Leaders Program was named the “Summer Faculty Workshop” in years 2013-2015.

We have had the pleasure of welcoming 62 faculty-researchers from 37 different diverse institutions, working in a multitude of disciplines. Many faculty leaders from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) have participated.

In the sections below, you can learn more about our Faculty Leaders and their research interests.

2017 Cohort

2017 Faculty Leaders Program participants

2017 Faculty Leaders

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  • Dr. Manuel Barajas California State University, Sacramento Professor, Department of Sociology Exploring Racialized Nativism in the Nation and Higher Education
  • Dr. Florence Dallo Oakland University Associate Professor and Department Chair, Public and Environmental Wellness, School of Health Sciences Disaggregating the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Population from Whites with Respect to Health Issues
  • Dr. Leslie Grier California State University, Fullerton Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Studies School Policies on Equitable Discipline
  • Dr. Mario Guerrero California Polytechnic State University, Pomona Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science Social Media and Political Engagement: Creating an Engaged Public
  • Dr. Allyson Hall University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor, Department of Health Services Administration Relationship between Insurance Characteristics and Receipt of Diabetes-Related Services
  • Dr. Analena Hope Hassberg California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic and Women's Studies Reclaiming the Foodscape
  • Dr. Omari Jackson Morgan State University Assistant Professor of Urban Educational Leadership, Department of Sociology and Anthropology Preparing the Black Middle Class for the New Economy by Closing the Educational Aspiration-Attainment Gap
  • Dr. Meherun Laiju Tougaloo College Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology; Principal Investigator, DHS Coastal Resilience Center — Education Project A Global Issue: Natural and Man-made Disasters and the Exploitation of Children
  • Dr. Brianna Lemmons California State University, Los Angeles Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work Effectiveness of Policies and Intervention Programs Designed to Strengthen Fatherhood and Family Relationships in Low-Income Communities of Color
  • Dr. Willow Lung-Amam University of Maryland, College Park Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning The Right to Suburbia: Redevelopment and Resistance on the Urban Edge
  • Dr. Arlesia Mathis Florida A&M University Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health Unintended Effects of Binding Arbitration on Health Outcomes
  • Dr. Yamile Molina University of Illinois at Chicago Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences Breast Cancer Disparities in the Era of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): The Role of Medicaid Expansion and the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
  • Dr. Boris Ricks California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Associate Professor, Department of Political Science Examining Social Determinants of Health in Marginalized Communities: The Case of South Los Angeles
  • Dr. James Stocker Trinity Washington University Assistant Professor and Program Chair, International Affairs Program, College of Arts and Sciences The Impact of Expanded Oil and Gas Resources in the U.S. on Foreign Policy: Implications for U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia

2016 Cohort

2016 Faculty Leaders Program participants

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Members of the 2016 Cohort discussed the Flint, Michigan, water crisis during their week at Pardee RAND and collaboratively wrote a position paper on the topic after the program ended. We are pleased to share it as an example of what they learned and how they are putting their program participation to direct use.

  • Dr. Jessylen Age The University of Mississippi Medical Center Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, School of Health Related Professions An Exploratory Case Study of Minority Women’s Perception of Culture of Health Across Class
  • Dr. Jameta Barlow Towson University Assistant Professor of Women and Health, Women and Gender Studies The Effects of Policy Implementation on Black Women's Health and Well-Being
  • Dr. Pamela Felder University of Maryland Eastern Shore Associate Professor, Education Examining the Experiences of Historically Marginalized Doctoral Students
  • Dr. Alvaro Huerta California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Assistant Professor, Urban & Regional Planning (URP) and Ethnic & Women's Studies (EWS) Understanding the Informal Economy and Ethnic Labor Niches: The Case of Los Angeles
  • Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins Brandeis University Associate Professor, Biology Assessment of Retention of Students in STEM in Inquiry-Based Curricula
  • Dr. Michael Mendez Yale University James & Mary Pinchot Sustainability Fellow, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Human Right to Water in California
  • Dr. Jorge Mora Florida International University Professional Development Strand Leader / Interim Chair of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Family Medicine, and Community Health Culture of Health in Underserved Communities
  • Dr. Keosha Partlow Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Director, Urban Health Institute; Faculty, MPH in Urban Health Disparities Program, College of Science and Health Evaluation of Workforce Development Policies Designed to Diversify the Biomedical Workforce
  • Dr. Le'Brian Patrick Xavier University of Louisiana Assistant Professor, Sociology Reentry Intervention Resources for Post-PREA LGBTQ Formerly Incarcerated Persons
  • Dr. Casey Schreiber Dillard University Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Public Policy Neighborhood Food Environments and Social Determinants of Health
  • Dr. Maurice Stevens The Ohio State University Associate Professor and Senior Faculty Research Advisor, Department of Comparative Studies (Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity) Engaging Civil and Human Justice in the Formation of 'Restorative Justice' Specialized Docket Programs in Municipal Court Systems
  • Dr. Dana West University of Mississippi Medical Center Associate Professor, Health Sciences Transgender Telehealth Services in Rural Mississippi/Developmental Networks in Academic Health Science Centers Among LGBTQ Administrators, Staff, and Students

2015 Cohort

Pedro "Joe" Greer and participants of the 2015 Pardee RAND Summer Faculty Workshop in Policy Analysis

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  • Mr. Jeffrey Carney Associate Professor of Architecture Louisiana State University Climate Change and Community Planning
  • Ms. Natalie Castellanos Attorney, College of Law, Clinical Program Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Department of Humanities, Health, and Society Florida International University Evaluating the Health Impact of Household-level Legal Services
  • Mr. Vladimir Diaz Diversity Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator Securities and Exchange Commission USDA Hispanic Outreach and Recruitment Strategy
  • Dr. Nana Aisha Garba Assistant Professor and Assistant Community Director, Division of Policy and Community Development Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Florida International University Social Determinants of Health in Underserved Communities
  • Dr. Willie Gin Professor of Political Science Xavier University of Louisiana Big Data and Minority Employment
  • Dr. Cynthia Gonzalez Assistant Professor, MPH Program in Urban Health College of Science and Health Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Community Engagement, Local Knowledge, and Policy: The Case for Watts
  • Dr. Loren M. Hill Assistant Professor, Clinical Forensic Psychology The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Mental Health Disparities
  • Mr. Michael Jones Chief Community Health Officer, Office of Population Health The University of Mississippi Medical Center Encouraging Disease Self-Management
  • Dr. José Muñoz Assistant Professor of Sociology California State University, San Bernardino Latino Health Care Access: A Community Based Research Approach
  • Dr. Von Nebbitt Associate Professor, College of Social Work University of Illinois at Chicago Impacts of Chicago’s HOPE VI Housing Reform on Children
  • Dr. Bhavani Sitaraman Associate Professor of Sociology The University of Alabama in Huntsville Obstacles to Employment Faced by Immigrant Physicians
  • Dr. Idalis Villanueva Assistant Professor of Engineering Education Utah State University Engineering as a Therapeutic Tool for Hurting Communities

2014 Cohort

2014 Summer Faculty Workshop attendees

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  • Dr. Taunjah Bell Assistant Professor of Psychology Jackson State University Using Salivary Cortisol to Screen for PTSD in Military Personnel (and Civilian Counterparts)
  • Dr. Monica Dillihunt Associate Professor of Education University of Alabama Huntsville It Takes a Village: Time for Faith-based Organizations to Get Involved
  • Dr. Adrienne Dixson Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The State of the City: Education Reform in Post-Katrina New Orleans
  • Dr. Sondos Islam Associate Professor and Director, Urban Public Health Program, College of Science and Health Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Implementation Challenges of School-Based Nutrition Policies
  • Dr. Taharee Jackson Assistant Professor of Education/Early Childhood Education Unit Head, Center for Urban Education University of the District of Columbia The Myth of Missing Teachers: International Policies to Improve the Practice and Profession of Career Teaching
  • Dr. Iveris Martinez Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Medicine and Society, Department of Humanities, Health and Society Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine Caring for the Aging Latino Population: Long-term Care Alternatives
  • Dr. Lystranne Maynard Assistant Professor, Chemistry Howard University Implementation of the Common Core Standards
  • Dr. Sam Mozee, Jr. Associate Director for Research, Mississippi Urban Research Center Jackson State University Reducing High Levels of African American Male Unemployment in Selected Mississippi Areas: A Proposed Policy Pilot Study
  • Dr. Maryse Pedoussaut Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, Health and Society Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine Lack of Prevention for Progression of Prediabetes
  • Dr. Richard Peters Assistant Professor, Division of Business Xavier University of Louisiana Folly, Failure or Favor: Government Role in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dr. Andree Reeves Associate Professor, Political Science University of Alabama in Huntsville Intergovernmental Cooperation and Alternative Energy in the US
  • Dr. Babu Welch Associate Professor, Neurosurgery University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Improving Access to Comprehensive Stroke Care in Texas

2013 Cohort

  • Dr. Megan Osterbur Assistant Professor, Political Science Xavier University of Louisiana Extending Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Military Service Members
  • Dr. Anne Marie Choup Associate Professor, Political Science The University of Alabama in Huntsville Violence Against Women on Campus
  • Ms. Mollye Demosthenidy Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health Systems & Development Tulane University Identifying Challenges & Successes of the Louisiana Health Insurance Exchange
  • Dr. Elisabeth Javazon Assistant Professor, Biology Morehouse College Outdated Curriculum?
  • Dr. David Brown Assistant Professor, Vice Chair, Chief of Family Medicine & Residency Director, Humanities, Health & Society Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Evaluation of the Health Impact of an Innovative Model for Household-Level Service Delivery
  • Dr. Luther Brewster Chief, Division of Policy & Community Development, Humanities, Health & Society Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Neighborhood HELP: Catalyst of Community Engaged Solutions for Increasing Healthcare Access to Medically Disenfranchised Groups
  • Dr. Timothy Page Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management Florida International University Designing an Economic Evaluation of an Innovative Model for Household-Level Service Delivery
  • Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore Professor, Political Science Xavier University of Louisiana Creating Knowledge Economies: Policy Implications for Development in Post-Disaster Regions
  • Dr. Darryl Lamont Roberts Associate Professor, History and Political Science Tuskegee University Cyberweapons and International Security: Governments and Markets
  • Dr. Kathy Hawk Director, Global Understanding Initiative; Associate Professor, Political Science The University of Alabama in Huntsville Can Using Three Policy Levers Help us do Better Nationbuilding?
  • Dr. Emanuel Waddell Associate Professor, Chemistry The University of Alabama in Huntsville How to Increase the Retention of Students who Express an Interest in STEM
  • Dr. Francis Yemofio Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Charles Drew University Access to Healthcare in Underserved Areas of South Los Angeles