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SUNY Downstate PRIDE Summer Institute

Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)

SUNY PRIDE Scholars

Cohort 2 – 2012
Program to Increase Diversity in Behavioral Medicine and Sleep Disorders Research


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Ajibola Monsur Adedayo, MD: Dr. Adedayo is a Clinical Instruc- tor in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. He prac- ticed medicine for a few years in his home country, Nigeria before moving to the United States in 2009. His interest in research began in his alma mata, Unilorin College of Health Sciences Nigeria where he graduated as an MD in 2004, when he conducted a pro- ject with a group of fellow medical students assessing the knowledge and attitude of college students to sickle cell disease, he was able to appreciate the role of healthful behavior and dis- ease prevention. He is currently working with his mentors on deter- minants of serum phosphate levels in native and transplant kidneys. His involvements with Brooklyn Health Disparity Center has enriched his understanding of minority health issues and he recently co-authored a review paper (OSA and dyslipidemia) with his mentors which was accepted in the journal of Sleep and Breathing. He looks forward to collaborate with minority researchers and mentors. He considers the PRIDE program as a platform towards becoming a budding investigator in the research field.


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Martina Gallagher, PhD: Dr. Gallagher's research is on the pre- vention and treatment of obesity, and its cardiovascular sequelae in Latino families. She plans to incorporate sleep hygiene into weight loss/management interventions in community settings. Her work blends biobehavioral factors and cultural perspectives with the goal of understanding how these factors and perspectives influence the long-term adherence to healthy lifestyle behaviors in Latinos. Dr. Gallagher received a BSN, MSN in Administration of Community and Healthcare Systems, with minors in Teaching and Informatics, and PhD with an emphasis on health promotion of Hispanic fami- lies from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX. She complet- ed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, WA, where she learned basic sleep concepts, and data collection, analysis and interpretation of objective and subjective sleep measures in community settings.


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Pascal Jean-Pierre, PhD: Dr. Jean-Pierre is an Assistant Profes- sor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and a member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Can- cer Center. Dr. Jean-Pierre is a clinical psychologist with postdoc- toral training in biobehavioral oncology research and public health. Dr. Jean-Pierre's current research focuses on describing the un- derlying neurobehavioral and neuropsychological mechanisms of cancer and treatment-related cognitive dysfunction (CRND), fa- tigue, sleep problems, and psychological distress. Dr. Jean-Pierre is also developing and testing interventions to treat CRND. An overarching goal of Dr. Jean -Pierre's work is to develop cancer control interventions that are applicable across multicul- tural populations.


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Brenda Jenkins, MPH, PhD: Dr. Jenkins is an instructor at Hinds Community College and an adjunct faculty at Jackson State University. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Jackson Heart Study IRB Ad- herence Committee. She is also an Investigator with the Jackson Heart Study, Jackson, Mississippi, and Co-Principal Investigator of Project Health, a school-based cardiovascular intervention program. Through Project Health, she strives to promote two important goals in order to combat obesity, diabetes, and other cardiovascular diseases. Firstly, increasing quality and years of life, and secondly eliminating health disparities. Dr. Jenkins facilitates the efforts of the Jackson Heart Study scientists through the development of the study protocol and implementing moni- toring procedures throughout the study. Her efforts have resulted in the successful preparation of scientific reports and manuscripts for publication and presentation of study results.


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Lisa Lewis, PhD: Dr. Lewis is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. Using mostly community-based research methods, Dr. Lewis studies determinants of medication ad- herence in Blacks living with high blood pressure with an emphasis on psychosocial factors such as self-efficacy, social support, depression, spirituality, and perceived discrimination. Dr. Lewis also has expertise in the development and testing of community-based interventions tar- geted at improving the behavioral management of hypertension in set- tings such as faith-based organizations. Currently, she is Principal In- vestigator of a study designed to test the effectiveness of a church- based intervention compared with standard patient education in increasing antihypertensive medication use in Black church members diagnosed with hypertension.


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Lisa Moreno-Walton, MD, MSCR: Dr. Moreno is an Associate Profes- sor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Professor of Research Ge- netics at Louisiana State University, where she serves as Associate Residency Director. Her research interests include social factors pre- dictive of trauma, health disparities, and culturally competent HIV test- ing and treatment models. She completed medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and a residency at the Jacobi -Montefiore program in Emergency Medicine. She also holds a Masters degree in Social Work from NYU and a Masters of Science in Clinical Research from Tulane University School of Medicine.


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Carlos Sendon, MD, RPSGT/RST: Dr. Sendon is a Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)/Children's Hospital of King's Daughters. Dr. Sendon completed his M.D. in San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru in 2003. He became a Regis- tered Sleep Technologist in 2009. He has published many research projects and has attended and made presentations at pediatric, pulmo- nary, and sleep related conferences around the United States and Eu- rope. He wants to complete a sleep medicine fellowship in the near future. His research takes a multi-disciplinary approach toward under- standing health disparities while examining pediatric sleep medicine in the evaluation of prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of sleep apnea. Dr. Sendon's current work examines sleep quality and architecture and its potential effects on children and possi- ble mechanisms in inflammation.


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Douglas Wallace, MD: Dr. Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Clini- cal Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Has was born and raised in Nicaragua. He completed medical school and neurology residency training at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Miami and the Miami VA Healthcare system. He is cur- rently the medical director of the Miami VA Sleep Center. Dr. Wal- lace's research interests include examining the etiology of race-ethnic differences in positive airway pressure adherence.


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Monique White, PhD: Dr. Monique White is an Adjunct Health Pro- fessor at Hinds Community College, Jackson, Mississippi. She has participated in training in cardiovascular disease epidemiology at the Jackson Heart Study. She has also served as Health Educator for Project Health (Health Education and Awareness for a Life That's Healthy), a school-based prevention/intervention program that placed great emphasis on cardiovascular disease prevention/reduction. Dr. White's research interest involves investigating health disparities in African-American communities through an examination of the psycho- social determinants and sleep disorders in cardiovascular health disparities and metabolic disorders. Her current work examines the relationship between coping, spirituality and meta- bolic syndrome in African Americans.



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