PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS:

Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD
Professor, Family Science
Associate Dean for Public Health Initiatives, School of Public Health
Senior Associate Director,
Maryland Center for Health Equity

301.405.8825
scquinn@umd.edu

Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD is the Associate Dean for Public Health Initiatives, Professor in the Department of Family Science, and Senior Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland at College Park.   She is the Principal Investigator on Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers: A Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the Office of the Director, NIH.  She is also co-Principal Investigator on the Research Center of Excellence in Minority Health Disparities, also funded by NIMHD, NIH.  She has worked for more than twenty years on addressing the legacy of the US Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee.  Dr. Quinn received her doctoral degree in Health Education at the University of Maryland.  Prior to her doctoral work, she worked in substance abuse and mental health treatment programs in two local health departments.


Stephen B. Thomas, PhD
Professor
Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity

301. 405.8859
sbt@umd.edu Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is professor of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health and Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park. One of the nation's leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS.

He is principal investigator of the Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, funded by the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is also principal investigator, with Dr. Sandra Quinn, of the NIH National Bioethics Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers awarded in 2009.



CO-INVESTIGATORS:

David Barnard, PhD, JD
Professor of Medicine and Law
Director, Center for Bioethics and Health Law
University of Pittsburgh
3708 Fifth Avenue, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.647.5701
Fax: 412.647.5877
Email: barnard@pitt.edu David Barnard, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and Law at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is appointed in the Department of Medicine, the Law School, and the Center for Bioethics and Health Law. He is a member of the core faculty in the Global Health Track for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the School of Medicine. At the School of Law, he is faculty advisor for the Global Health and Human Rights Track in the Health Law Certificate Program.


James Butler III, DrPH, MEd
Assistant Professor
Department of Behaivioral
and Community Health

301.405.0757
jbutler9@umd.edu

James Butler III, DrPH, MEd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and is an Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity. Dr. Butler has a DrPH in Health Services Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and master of education degree in Community Health Education from Temple University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in preventive medicine and public health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His research interests are tobacco control and prevention and the social and environmental influences on smoking. His research incorporates the individual, social structure and environmental influences in eliminating tobacco-related health disparities. To eliminate these disparities, he believes it is imperative to build ongoing and permanent relationships with community members and to design and conduct effective interventions where the community participates fully in all aspects of the research process.

Major Research Interests

  • Tobacco Control and Prevention
  • The Social and Environmental Influences on Cigarette Smoking
  • Health Disparities Research
  • Community-based Participatory Research

Craig S. Fryer, DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor,
Department of Behavioral and Community Health
Associate Director,
Maryland Center for Health Equity

301.405.0818
csfryer@umd.edu Craig S. Fryer, DrPH, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and holds a leadership position in the newly established Center for Health Equity in the School of Public Health. He received his DrPH in Sociomedical Sciences from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Trained as behavioral scientist, Dr. Fryer utilizes mixed methods research to examine the sociocultural context of health and health disparities, with a concentration in community-engaged research. His work focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities in substance use and dependence, specifically tobacco and marijuana use among urban youth and young adult populations. Collateral research endeavors include: qualitative methods; behavioral intervention research; HIV/AIDS and STI prevention; and the recruitment and retention of underrepresented communities into research.

Major Research Interests

  • Adolescent Health
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Health Disparities Research
  • Community-based Participatory Research

Mary A.Garza, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Behaivioral
and Community

301.405.0766
magarza@umd.edu

Mary A.Garza, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and she will have a leadership role in the newly established Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland. Dr. Garza received her MPH from the School of Public Health at San Diego State University with an emphasis in health education and health promotion. She received her PhD in Health Policy and Management with a focus in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology.

Dr. Garza's research activities embrace the full spectrum of the intervention research process-from planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating, to dissemination of research findings - using a community-based participatory research approach. She has a strong interest in health disparities research, including understanding the interplay of psychosocial, behavioral, and neighborhood-level factors associated with health behavior; specifically, the factors related to sustained compliance with cancer screening. Dr. Garza's research interests also include the role and influence of religion and spirituality on health outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health disparities
  • Religion and spirituality on health outcomes
  • Planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating, to dissemination of research findings

Dr. Kevin H. Kim
Associate Professor
Research Methodology Program
Department of Psychology in Education
University of Pittsburgh School of Education

5918 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Office: (412) 624-7272
Email: khkim@pitt.edu

Dr. Kevin H. Kim is an Associate Professor of the Research Methodology program in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Kim is interested in developing new statistical methods to be used in education, behavioral and social sciences. His research interests include but are not limited to structural equation modeling, multivariate statistics, multilevel modeling, and Asian American Mental Health.  Dr. Kim earned his PhD in Measurement and Psychometrics from the Psychology Department at University of California at Los Angeles.


Christopher Ryan, PhD, CIP
Professor of Psychiatry Director,
University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.246.5392
Email: ryancm@upmc.edu

Christopher Ryan, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and also Professor of Psychology, Health & Community Systems, and Clinical and Translational Science. His research focuses on the neuropsychological correlates and consequences of medical illnesses, particularly diabetes mellitus. Currently he serves as Director of the University's Institutional Review Board and is Co-Director of the Regulatory Knowledge and Support Core of the University's Clinical and Translational Science Institute.



STAFF
 

Meleah Himber, MEd
Curriculum Developer
Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers
University of Pittsburgh
Center for Bioethics & Health Law
Suite 300 Medical Arts Building
3708 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.647.5789
Email: mhimber@pitt.edu


 

Deyana Lewis
Pre-Doctoral Student
Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers
University of Pittsburgh
Center for Bioethics & Health Law
Suite 300 Medical Arts Building
3708 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email: ddl8@pitt.edu