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Our Faculty Associates

In an effort to facilitate collaboration on health disparities research and outreach, CRHD established the Faculty Associates. This group is made up of faculty and staff from across the university who are committed to reducing and eliminating health disparities. Sub-groups meet as appropriate to discuss current projects, explore research and grant opportunities, and network with internal and external health disparities experts. For more information about the Faculty Associates, please contact Dr. Veronica Parker at veronic@clemson.edu.

Professor Nicole Davis

Dr. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her research interests include initiatives related to nursing workforce diversity; use of social media and internet-based recruitment to reach informal caregivers of older adults with urinary incontinence; and telehealth self-management of bladder, bowel, and associated skin care problems in home-bound adults.

Professor  Stephanie Davis

Dr. Davis is a Professor in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include expanding Nurse Practitioner primary care expertise for underserved and rural populations; exploring transdisciplinary collaboratives to integrate behavioral health into primary care; expanding primary care access in Greenville County through Nurse Practitioner education support; and preparing practice ready Baccalaureate Nurses for primary care.

Professor  Tracy Fasolino

Dr. Fasolino is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include palliative care initiatives and outcomes for end-stage pulmonary and cardiovascular patients; advancing direct patient care involvement in evidence-based practice and research; and utilizing simulation for training students and practicing medical providers.

Professor  Sarah Griffin

Dr. Griffin is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Her primary research interests include eliminating health disparities by researching the efficacy and effectiveness of complex interventions to improve health; and preventing obesity and other chronic diseases among those at highest risk.

Professor Karyn Jones

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include health behavior and health communication interventions; social determinants of health and health outcomes; and strategies to identify/reduce/eliminate the impact of health disparities.

Professor  Karen Kemper

Dr. Kemper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Her primary research interests include obesity prevention; physical activity promotion; healthy nutrition; and promotion and evaluation of environmental and policy changes that support healthy eating and physical activity in elementary aged children and their families. 

Professor Anne Koci

Dr. Koci is a Clinical Professor and Distinguished Scholar in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include marginalization, intimate partner violence, health outcomes of abuse, preventive health screening, adverse childhood experiences, caring for women globally, adolescent health and rural health; the simulated hospital environment; and Nurse Practitioner education.

Professor Janice Lanham

Ms. Lanham is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include digital and social media for pedagogical innovation; mobile and telehealth in classroom and clinical practice settings; mobile health for chronic disease management; augmented/virtual reality/ artificial intelligence; and reduction/elimination of health disparities.

Professor Ye Luo

Dr. Luo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Her primary research interests include social demography; social gerontology; life course and health; work and family; Chinese societies; and quantitative methods.

Professor  Rachel Mayo

Dr. Mayo is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Interim Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in CBSHS. Her primary research interests include cancer prevention and control; and chronic disease and health disparities among minority and underserved, particularly African American and Latino populations.

Professor  Lisa Miller

Dr. Miller is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include expanding Nurse Practitioner primary care expertise for underserved and rural populations in SC; promoting health in Latin America; interprofessional service-learning; assessment of anemia levels for infants and children in high altitude Peru; postpartum depression; low income and first-time mothers health outcomes; and prenatal education.

Professor  Kim Pickett

Dr. Pickett is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include health promotion in patients with Type 1 and 2 diabetes; tobacco cessation in patients with cancer; psychosocial determinants of health; health promotion in marginalized populations; and hypertension.

Professor Zahra Rahemi

Dr. Rahemi is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include older adults; aging; planning for end of life care; culture and health outcomes in culturally diverse populations; and quality of life.

Professor  Jennifer Rice

Dr. Rice is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include diabetic foot care, in home primary care, and health disparities.

  Kenneth Robinson

Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. His primary research interests include community development and health disparities; local food banks to improve sustainability of small and limited resource farms; and economic development.

Professor  Windsor Sherrill

Dr. Sherrill is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Associate Vice President for Health Research at Clemson University. Her primary research interests include health services evaluation; medical education; health disparities; health administration; finance and policy; survey research; health policy; and population health. 

Professor Lu Shi

Dr. Shi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. His primary research interests include simulation modeling; health economics; behavioral economics; complementary and alternative medicine; and population health.

Professor  Khao Truong

Dr. Truong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. His primary interests include access and healthcare for disadvantaged populations; insurance, utilization of healthcare services, and health outcomes; tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug control policy; obesity, mental health, child health; built environment and health; global health; statistical modeling, GIS, and simulation.

Professor  Ann Wetsel

Dr. Wetsel is a Professor in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include expanding Nurse Practitioner primary care expertise for underserved and rural populations; expanding primary care access in Greenville County through Nurse Practitioner education support; preparing practice ready Baccalaureate nurses for primary care; and preparing and expanding the sexual assault nursing education workforce.

Professor  Janice Withycombe

Dr. Withycombe is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include pediatric oncology; and physical activity and fatigue in adolescent oncology patients.

Professor Mary Ellen Wright

Dr. Wright is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include perinatal substance exposure; substance use in relation to families with infants and children; domestic/interpersonal violence; and child development and prevention strategies for child maltreatment.