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Faculty Research Expertise and Interests

Full and Part-Time Faculty
christian-robin.jpgRobin Christian, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Director of the Mississippi Centre for Evidence Based Practice: A JBI Centre of Excellence and US Cochrane Affiliate
Research interests: evidence synthesis and translation/implementation science.
Duck_Angela.jpgAngela Duck, PhD, RN, CNE
Research interests: physical activity, obesity and community wellness, school-based health
Hall_Katie.jpgKatie Hall, PhD, RN
Research interests: social and environmental determinants of health; pediatric health; cardiovascular health
Laree HiserLaree Hiser, PhD
Research interests: Demyelinating disorders; multiple sclerosis; chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy; and clinical diagnostic assays; using biomarkers in nursing research; molecular mechanisms of HPV infection; cytoskeleton; and cervical cancer.
Klamm_Melissa.jpgMelissa Klamm, MSN, RN
Research interests: physical activity and sedentary behavior in adolescents and autonomous motivation for behavior change.
Konkle-Parker_Debbie.jpgDeborah Konkle-Parker, PhD, RN, FNP, AACRN, FAAN
Harriet G. Williamson Chair of Population Health
Research interests: behavioral research related to HIV treatment or prevention; social determinants of health and their impact on people living with HIV; individuals living with and at risk for HIV; impact of HIV on people's lives.
Palokas_Michelle.jpgMichelle Palokas, DNP, RN-CPN
Deputy Director of the Mississippi Centre for Evidence Based Practice: A JBI Centre of Excellence and US Cochrane Affiliate
Research interests: academic/practice partnerships, patient/family-centered care, improving interprofessional collaboration in healthcare, and implementing evidence-based practice to improve patient safety, outcomes and experiences.
Risley_Carolann.jpgCarolann Risley, PhD, RN, WHNP
Postdoctoral fellow, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Clinical Genetics Branch
National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics
Research interests: epidemiologic analyses evaluating HPV natural history and cervical cancer risk in this racially-diverse and underserved population.
Jennifer RobinsonJennifer C. Robinson, PhD, RN, FAHA - Professor Emeritus
Research interests: Physical activity; health behavior; health disparities; neighborhood context; the built environment; social epidemiology; social and environmental determinants of health and health behaviors.
Sanford_Julie.jpgJulie Sanford, DNS, RN, FAAN - Dean of the School of Nursing
Research interests: informal caregiving; rural caregivers; health status; burden; decision making; scholarship of teaching and learning.
Stewart, Mary.jpgMary W. Stewart, PhD, RN - Director of PhD Program
Research interests: women's health; access to care; PhD education.
Torres_Elisa.jpgElisa Torres, PhD, RN
Research interests: physical activity and the brain.
Karen WintersKaren Winters, PhD, RN
Research interests: Health care access and utilization; racial disparities in health and health insurance status; cardiovascular care; secondary data analysis.
Dr. Lei ZhangLei Zhang, PhD, MBA - Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Director, Office of Health Data and Research
Mississippi State Department of Health
Research interests: data and research support to maternal and child health, oral health, chronic disease and tobacco control programs.