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SUNY Downstate PRIDE-CVD Summer Institute

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

SUNY PRIDE Scholars

Cohort 4 – 2016
Program to Increase Diversity in Cardiovascular Health Disparities Research


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Oyinlola Babatunde, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Department of Nutrition Science, College of Human Ecology
University: East Carolina University
Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Reducing health disparities and promoting optimal health among minority population groups, particularly older adults of African descent.

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Carissa Baker-Smith, MD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: School: Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
University: University of Maryland
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Determinants of pediatric hypertension and premature cardiovascular disease risk.

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Dorine Brand, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Department of Public Health, College of Public Affairs and Administration
University: University of Illinois, Springfield
Location: Springfield, Illinois
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Exploring Mechanisms that will help reduce health disparities and developing effective behavioral strategies to improve poor cardiovascular outcomes via faith-based organizations.

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Marlene Camacho-Rivera, ScD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Department of Community Health and Social Medicine, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
University: City College of New York
Location: New York, NY
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Social determinants of asthma and cardiovascular outcomes among urban Latinos.

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Heather Cuevas, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Division of Adult Health, School of Nursing
University: University of Texas, Austin
Location: Austin, Texas
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Examining the underlying cardiovascular processes that affect cognitive function and diabetes self-management in Latinos/ as with type 2 diabetes.

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Yuri Feito, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Department of Exercise and Sports Management, WellStar College of Health and Human Services
University: Kennesaw State University
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Physical activity in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Role of high-intensity training, and it adaptations, in markers of cardiovascular and metabolic disease.

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Trudy Gaillard, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: College of Nursing
University: University of Cincinnati
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Examinations of racial and ethnic differences in the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Boubakari Ibrahimou, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Department of Biostatistics, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
University: Florida International University
Location: Miami, FL
Research Interests as they relate to CVD:Exposure to air pollutants and risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Nataria Joseph, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Department of Psychology, Seaver College
University: Pepperdine University
Location: Malibu, California
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Socioemotional factors in daily life that influence cardiovascular related behaviors and ambulatory blood pressure.

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Nia Mitchell, MD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Division of General Internal Medicine, School of Medicine
University: Duke University
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Effective weight loss programs in underserved populations, specifically low income and minority populations, who have been disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic.

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Priscilla Okunji, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Division of Nursing, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
University: Howard University
Location: Washington, D.C.
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Trends in Outcomes of Patients with Diabetes and Myocardial Infarction.

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Anthony Pattin, PharmD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University: University of Toledo
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Impacts of a medication synchronization program and pharmacist-initiated pressure monitoring program in urban community pharmacies.

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Sadeaqua Scott, PhD

Academic Title: Research Scientist
Department, School: Division of Nephrology, School of Medicine
University: SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: The study of endothelial progenitor cells as they relate to cardiovascular disease in ethnic minorities.

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Loni Tabb, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Department, School: Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health
University: Drexel University
Location:Philadelphia, PA
Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Examination of cardiovascular risk factors, their associated disparities, and the geographical patterning to better inform policies around intervention and prevention.


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