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TCHER Faculty Affiliates

Jamilia Blake, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University

Founder/Director, Peer Relations and Adjustment Lab

Research Interests: Ethnic-minority populations and females, multivariate analyses, peer-directed aggression/bullying, and peer relations

Jamilia Blake, Ph.D.

Timethia J. Bonner, D.P.M., Ph.D.

ORISE Fellows, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Research Interests: Racial and ethnic minority health, chronic disease prevention and self-care management, complications associated with type-2 diabetes, telehealth technology interventions to improve access to diabetes-related services.

Timethia J. Bonner

Whitney Garney, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Ecological approaches to public health problems, systems science methodologies for population health improvement

Whitney Garney, Ph.D.

E. Lisako J. McKyer, Ph.D., MPH

Professor, School of Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center 

Founder & Director, Child & Adolescent Health Research Lab, Texas A&M Health Science Center

Research Interests: Child and adolescent health, families and parenting, health disparities and health equity 

E. Lisako J. McKyer, Ph.D., MPH

Rahma Mkuu, Ph.D., MPH, CPH

Assistant Research Scientist, Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida

Research Interests: Global health, chronic disease, cardiovascular disease

Rahma Mkuu, PhD, MPH, CPH

Ledric Sherman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University 

Research interests: Men's health, Type-2 diabetes management,  masculinity impact on men's health, health promotion and wellness education


Kayce Solari-Williams, Ph.D., MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences, University of Houston

Research interests: Prevention of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases among African American/Black females and adolescents, physical activity

Kayce Solari-Williams, Ph.D., MPH

Erica C. Spears, Ph.D., MA  

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Research Interests: Health disparities,  social epidemiology, health communication strategies in chronic disease prevention, self-care practices in the management of chronic conditions.

Erica  C. Spears Ph.D, M. A.

Chandra Story, Ph.D., MCHES

Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, Middle Tennessee State University

Research interests: Health behavior theory, theoretical applications in health behavior theory, health and human sexuality, school health, gerontology

Chandra Story, Ph.D., MCHES

Christine Tisone Ph.D., MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Education, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University

Christine Tisone Ph.D., MPH

Olufunto Olusanya, PhD, MD,MPH 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Oak-Ridge National Laboratory
Department of Pediatrics
Center for Biomedical Informatics

Research Interests: Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related Cancers, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevention, Substance-use Disorders, Precision Medicine

Olufunto Olusanya, PhD, MD,MPH

Lei-Shih “Lace” Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A & M University

Research Interests: Cancer genomics education, public health genomics, cancer prevention and control, autism spectrum disorders, health disparities.

Lei-Shih “Lace” Chen, Ph.D.

Lisa T. Wigfall, PhD, MCHES®

Associate Director, Cancer Prevention Research Training Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Research: HPV-related cancers; HIV/AIDS, minority populations (racial/ethnic, LGBTQ), community health, health communication, health education and promotion, dissemination and implementation research

Lisa Wigfall, Ph.D.