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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

PRIDE-CVD Summer Institute

SUNY PRIDE Scholars

Cohort VIII – 2020

photo of Olamide Alabi, MD

Olamide Alabi, MD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department, School: Department of Surgery

University: Emory University

Location: Atlanta, GA

Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Research interests are to define and eliminate health disparities in vascular surgery, specifically peripheral artery disease. My overarching goal is to bring the field of vascular surgery closer to achieving health equity, particularly as it relates to access to care and quality of care. I am interested in in building a research platform around determining the most optimal method of care for patients with peripheral artery disease, optimizing associated modifiable risk factors, and improving their outcomes.

 

photo of Stephanie Cook, DrPH, MPHStephanie Cook, DrPH, MPH

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department, School: Departments of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Biostatistics, School of Global Public Health

University: New York University

Location: New York, NY

Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Research interests center on understanding how daily (e.g. microaggressions,financial stress) and global (e.g. childhood adversity, poverty)
stressors influence pre-clinical cardiovascular disease among young sexual minority men (YSM), especially Black YSM. Key to understanding this association is understanding the daily (e.g. positive interactions with family, positive events) and global (e.g. perceived social support, adult attachment security) factors that may mitigative the negative effects of stress on the cardiovascular health of YSM. Overall, Dr. Cook hopes to inform the development of interventions that reduce the impact of stress on long term CVD outcomes for young sexual minority men, especially Black young sexual minorities men.

 

photo of Ana Diallo, PhDAna Diallo, PhD, MPH, RN


Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department, School: Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing

University: Virginia Commonwealth University

Location: Richmond, VA


Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Research interest is in gene-environment factors that contribute to differences in lipid pathobiology and in treatment responses of
cardiovascular disease among individuals form African ancestry. One of my research aims is to identify socio-behavioral and societal factors associated with lipid levels and
cardiovascular disease outcomes in racial/ethnic minority populations.

 

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Angela Groves, PhD, RN


Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department, School: Department of Nursing

University: Ursuline College

Location: Pepper Pike, Ohio

Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Research interest is to examine the relationship between neighborhood violence, perceived stress and low-sodium diet adherence among African American women with hypertension using a mixed method design. The suggested topics that I wish to explore during this program include, guidance regarding research design, methods, and analysis. Also, I am interested in learning about how to integrate community participants into my research plan.

 

photo of Amber Johnson, MD, MS, MBAAmber Johnson, MD, MS, MBA

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department, School: Department of Medicine

University: University of Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Currently beginning a project that will focus on disparities and social determinants in atrial fibrillation. Ultimately, my career goal is to become an expert in understanding mechanisms if disparate care so that I may design interventions to overcome inequity. I am particularly interested in how precision medicine might serve in future healthcare interventions.

 

photo of Roger McIntosh, PhDRoger McIntosh, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department, School: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology

University: University of Miami

Location: Miami, Florida

Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Current research broadly examines the effect of neuropsychological, cardiometabolic and inflammatory-immune processes on CVD comorbidity, (e.g., hypertension and sudden cardiac death) in chronic HIV disease. I am particularly interested in how these disease processes impact psychosomatic functioning through the use of functional brain imaging.

 

photo of Rochelle Nelson, PhDRochelle Nelson, PhD


Academic Title: Assistant Professor


Department, School: Department of Biological Sciences and Geology


University: Queensborough Community College

Location: Queens, New York


Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Research focuses on stress-induced
cardiomyopathy. The working Hypothesis is: Chronic stress hormone exposure of human-
induced pluripotent stem cell cardiac micro tissues that are over expressing X-linked escapee genes will lead to the development of dilated cardiomyopathy.

 

photo of Florence Okoro, PhD, RN
Florence Okoro, PhD, RN


Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department, School: School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services

University: University of North Caroline at Charlotte


Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Research broadly looks at two areas: reducing and eliminating health disparities and developing a participatory community approach to address disparities affecting African Americans with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications. The focus of my research is to use peer support (‘support from someone like me’) to enhance the diabetes self-care of African Americans as a means to prevent, delay or manage cardiovascular disease that are
often sequelae of type 2 diabetes.

 

photo of S. Raquel Ramos, PhD, MBAS. Raquel Ramos, PhD, MBA, MSN, FNP-BC


Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department, School: Rory Meyers College of Nursing


University: New York University

Location: New York, NY

Research Interests as they relate to CVD: My program of research focuses on prevention of HIV-related comorbidities, such as CVD and metabolic disease in sexual minority men of color using technology as a tool to support informed decision making.

 

photo of Robert Steward Jr, PhDRobert Steward Jr, PhD

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Department, School: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine


University: University of Central Florida

Location: Orlando, Florida

Research Interests as they relate to CVD: Current research is in the field of
cellular biomechanics. He plans to link the role of cell derived bio mechanical forces in cardiovascular diseases.

 

 

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