Engagement and Behavior Change

Effective translation research can efficiently identify ways to improve uptake, adoption, utilization, and maintained engagement with evidence-based prevention and care programs. Engagement and Behavior Change is well-positioned to catalyze this sort of diabetes translation research by leveraging its multidisciplinary expertise, its extensive experience in community- and clinic-based research, its access to ethnic minority physician practice networks, and its access to ethnic minority communities and clinical populations. This Core has extensive breadth and depth of experience and expertise in community-based participatory research (CBPR) with minority disadvantaged communities and clinical populations. Though these are often underrepresented populations in translation research, this core brings experience in facilitating their ethical recruitment, retention, and sustained engagement in health promotion and research activities.

Co-Directors: Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH and Guillermo Umpierrez, MD


Core Experts:

Name Institution Title Primary Research Interest(s) Contact
Rosa Arriaga, PhD Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing Associate Chair of Graduate Affairs in Interactive Computing Mobile Health for chronic care
management
gcdtr@emory.edu
Solveig A. Cunningham, PhD, MSc Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Associate Professor of Global Health Adolescent health and nutrition gcdtr@emory.edu
Mary Beth Weber, PhD, MPH Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Assistant Professor of Global Health and Nutrition & Health Sciences Lifestyle interventions and
behavior change
gcdtr@emory.edu

 

 

Core Members:

Name Institution Title Primary Research Interest(s) Contact
Linelle Blais, PhD Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Associate Professor of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences;
Executive Director of Emory Centers for Training & Technical Assistance
Diabetes prevention and
management training
lblais@emory.edu
Saumeth Cardona, MD, MPH Emory University School of Medicine Associate Director of Research Projects, Division of Endocrinology Inpatient diabetes management scardon@emory.edu
Allison Chamberlain, PhD, MS Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Public health preparedness atchamb@emory.edu
Jiten Chhabra, MBBS, MS Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing Research Scientist, Everyday Computer Lab Health focused user interface technology and software jc470@gatech.edu
Ashley Coombe, PhD, RN Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Effect on impaired sleep on type 2 diabetes ashley.coombe@emory.edu
Benjamin Druss, MD Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Professor of Health Policy & Management and Behavioral, Social & Health Education Sciences Mental health services bdruss@emory.edu
Melissa S. Faulkner, PhD, RN Georgia State University Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing & Health Professions Professor & Lewis Distinguished Chair in Nursing Cardiovascular risks in adolescents with diabetes or obesity mfaulkner@gsu.edu
Maya Fayfman, MD Emory University School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Endocrinology Diabetic foot care, especially in racial minorities maya.fayfman@emory.edu
Erin Ferranti, PhD, MPH, RN Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Assistant Professor Mitigating cardiometabolic risk burden in women epoe@emory.edu
Rodolfo Galindo, MD Emory University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Endocrinology Management of patients with post-transplantation diabetes rodolfo.galindo@emory.edu
Charles Gillespie, MD, PhD Emory University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Child, Youth and Young Adult Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Depression, PTSD, and chronic disease cgilles@emory.edu
Holly Gooding, MD, MSc Emory University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Pediatrics Preservation of cardiovascular health hgoodin@emory.edu
Ilana Graetz, PhD Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management Health information technology ilana.graetz@emory.edu
Saria Hassan, MD Emory University School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Primary Care Precision medicine to address health disparities saria.hassan@emory.edu
Noreen Islam, MD Emory University School of Medicine Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow Comorbidities of pediatric diabetes noreen.islam@emory.edu
Ram Jagannathan, PhD Emory University School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Hospital Medicine Mobile applications for diabetes prevention rjagann@emory.edu
Dayna Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MS Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Effect of sleep on diabetes control dajohn6@emory.edu
Leslie Johnson, PhD, MPH, MLitt Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Hubert Department of Global Health Global mental health lmunoz@emory.edu
Ted Johnson, MD, MPH Emory University School of Medicine Chief, Division of General Medicine & Geriatrics; Professor of Medicine and Paul W. Seavey Chair in Medicine Improving quality of life in elderly patients tmjohns@emory.edu
Michelle C. Kegler, DrPH, MPH Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Professor of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences; Director, Emory Prevention Research Center Healthy eating and physical activity interventions mkegler@emory.edu
Pinar Keskinocak, PhD Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering William W. George Chair and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Infectious disease modeling pinar@isye.gatech.edu
Salimah LaForce, MS Georgia Institute of Technology College of Liberal Arts Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Advanced Communications Policy American Sign Language-accessible diabetes education salimah@cacp.gatech.edu
Dong Li, MD, PhD Emory University School of Medicine  Assistant Professor of Hospital Medicine Management of cardiac complications in diabetes dong.li2@emory.edu
K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Ruth and O.C. Hubert Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology; Director, Emory Global Diabetes Research Center Global diabetes and obesity prevention knaraya@emory.edu
Ann Pearman, PhD Georgia Institute of Technology College of Sciences Senior Research Scientist, School of Psychology Clinical geropsychology ann.pearman@psych.gatech.edu
Priscilla Pemu, MD, MSCR Morehouse School of Medicine Professor and Director of Clinical Trials, Department of Medicine African-American and immigrant health disparities pipemu@msm.edu
Michael Prietula, PhD, MPH Emory University Goizueta Business School Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management Mobile health design mj.prietula@emory.edu
Rakale Quarells, PhD Morehouse School of Medicine Associate Professor of Community Health & Preventive Medicine Chronic disease risk factor reduction rquarells@msm.edu
Jennifer Rooke, MD, MPH Morehouse School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Community Health & Preventive Medicine Lifestyle behavior changes for chronic diseases jrooke@msm.edu
Marcos C. Schechter, MD Emory University School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases Diabetic foot disease mcoutin@emory.edu
Amit Shah, MD, MSCR Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Bioinformatics in cardiovascular health ajshah3@emory.edu
Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Professor Gerontology / palliative care mi-kyung.song@emory.edu
Claire Sterk, PhD Emory University Rollins School of Public Health University President Emeritus; Charles Howard Candler Professor of Behavioral, Social, & Health Education Sciences Health disparities in patients with addiction and/or HIV/AIDS ces@emory.edu
Guillermo Umpierrez, MD Emory University School of Medicine Professor of Endocrinology; Chief of Diabetes & Endocrinology, Grady Hospital Diabetes and metabolism geumpie@emory.edu
Drenna Waldrop, PhD Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Professor; Director of the Center for Neurocognitive Studies HIV/AIDS drenna.waldrop@emory.edu
Lance Waller, PhD Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Statistical methods for disease surveillance lwaller@emory.edu
Jean Welsh, PhD, MPH, RN Emory University School of Medicine Associate Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology Childhood dietary patterns and risk of obesity and chronic disease jwelsh1@emory.edu
Kate Winskell, PhD Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Associate Professor of Global Health Communication for social and behavioral change swinske@emory.edu
Henry Young, PhD University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Associate Professor of Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Medication use/adherence and health outcomes hnyoung@uga.edu