The OneFlorida Minority Education Program (MEP) provides a mentored research experience wherein minority junior faculty members receive hands-on research experience by partnering with faculty members affiliated with the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium. This program is made possible by the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, which supports research initiatives that address the health care problems of Floridians in the areas of tobacco-related cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke and pulmonary disease.
Terrell Brown, Ph.D.
Terrell Brown, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work in the College of Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities at Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee. He teaches human behavior, social policy, social work practice and HIV/AIDS courses. Brown earned a master’s degree in higher, adult and lifelong education from Michigan State University and a master’s and doctorate degree in social work from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He previously served on the faculty at Barry University’s School of Social Work in Miami. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a gerontological social worker in Maryland for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services—Adult Resources Bureau and in the division of adult and geriatric health at the Prince George’s County Health Department. Brown was a Frederick Douglass Doctoral Fellow in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Howard University, and a former intern for both the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Association of American Retired Persons. His research interests include aging and diversity issues, ethno-gerontology, health and well-being, HIV/AIDS, social work education, and social welfare policy. In his doctoral work, he explored how the intersections of age, race, spirituality and sexual orientation impact psychological well-being among black middle-aged and older HIV-positive men.
Terrell Brown will work with Jiang Bian, Ph.D., on a project assessing racial and ethnic disparities related to cancer information needs online.
Diana Lee, M.D.
Diana Lee, M.D., is the director of the Bethune-Cookman University Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity in Miami. Lee is originally from Tampico, Mexico, where she attended the Universidad del Noreste, graduating with a medical doctorate degree.
As director of the Chambliss Center, she provides leadership and expert knowledge in the area of development and integration of the Wildcat Wellness Program & Initiative, which addresses physical exercise, nutrition and tobacco cessation on campus. She oversees the Bethune-Cookman University Healthy Life Program and conducts studies and research to support the healthy lifestyle that is promoted throughout the university. She also disseminates information to the university and community on healthy behaviors to prevent diseases or manage chronic illnesses. She collaborates with other campus departments to encourage and educate students about the link between lifestyle and good health. Lee is the primary investigator for all the grants at the center and director of the sickle-cell grant in Volusia County, which provides free sickle-cell screenings for the community.
Prior to working for Bethune-Cookman University, Lee worked for Weight Watchers International, Inc. Her roles included program & instructional designer, trainer, field advisor and author of weight-loss and nutrition educational material.
Diana Lee will work with Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D., on a project related to tobacco prevention in adolescent primary care.
Jovan Miles, Ph.D.
Jovan Miles, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He also serves as the director for the postgraduate year 1 residency program in the College of Pharmacy and pharmacy manager for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program outpatient pharmacy. Early during his tenure at Florida A&M, Miles established a chronic disease and wellness clinic with a primary focus on HIV/AIDS pharmacotherapy. In 2011, he completed a postgraduate year 1 residency program, where he provided clinical pharmacy services for hundreds of HIV-infected patients that were enrolled in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. His core research interests are pharmacogenetics testing and personalized medicine, as they are cornerstones of HIV therapy.
Jovan Miles will work with Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Ph.D., on a project titled “Optimizing Precision of HTN Care to Maximize BP Control Pilot (OPTI-BP Pilot).”
Rima Tawk, Ph.D.
Rima Tawk, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of health policy & management at Florida A&M University’s Institute of Public Health in Tallahassee. Tawk received her doctorate in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. Her dissertation work converged around understanding why patients fail to comply with treatment, such as those who left the hospital against medical advice from U.S. general hospitals. She holds a master’s degree in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in biology from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. In 2012, she completed two years of post-doctoral training where she focused on demonstrating the value-proposition of pharmaceutical compounds using economic, humanistic and clinical outcomes. Her research interests include health disparities in cancer outcomes, mental health and quality of care.
Rima Tawk will work with Yi Guo, Ph.D., on a project related to characterization of the UF Health Cancer Center’s catchment area.
Brittny Wells, Ph.D.
Brittny Wells, Ph.D., is a research faculty member at the Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee, where she aids in the implementation of the African-American Alzheimer’s Caregiver Training and Support 2 (ACTS2) Project. She is also a certified health education specialist and an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Wells attended both Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Education in health promotion. She graduated in 2015 from the Florida A&M University Institute of Public Health with a doctor of public health degree with a focus in behavior science and health education. At Florida A&M, Wells was engaged in various leadership positions on campus and at the state and national levels. She is a member of the Chi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and current vice-president of the Havana Health and Wellness Council. Her research focuses include health disparities and women’s health, prevention and education of chronic disease among underserved populations, community-based education and health promotion, and identifying groups to receive health education training on a variety of topics.
Brittny Wells will work with Stephanie Staras, Ph.D., on a project related to maximizing HPV vaccination.
Danyell Wilson, Ph.D.
Danyell Wilson, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, where she teaches chemistry, biology and cancer biology. She has ten years of laboratory experience working in the fields of biochemistry, nanotechnology, polymer science and electrophysiology. She has over ten years of mentoring and training experience with high school, undergraduate and graduate students in the university setting as well as in the community. In her research, she is currently using the systematic review method to analyze the role of ion channels in the metastasis of glioma cells, and chemoprevention of prostate cancer using both natural and synthetic agents. Wilson has also developed an interest in communicating basic science and cancer research in community settings as a method for eliminating health disparities. She has trained students and community health workers on proteomics and the science behind cancer. She has a vested interest in the training curricula of community health workers and is on a number of committees to assist with the development of standardized training curricula.
Danyell Wilson will work with Yi Guo, Ph.D., on a project related to characterization of the UF Health Cancer Center’s catchment area.