Faculty Expert Directory

The College of Community Health Sciences Faculty Expert Directory is a guide to selected faculty, staff, physicians and other health care professionals who are willing to be interviewed and who can provide comments, quotes and expert insight about a wide variety of health and medical news stories and topics.

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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use

Alan Blum, MD
Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair Professor — FIRM & The Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society

  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Tobacco Policy
  • Obesity
  • Literature and Art in the Context of Medicine
  • Alcohol
  • Marketing
  • Tanning Bed Usage

Children and Adolescents

Caroline Boxmeyer, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Child Social and Emotional Coping
  • Positive Parenting Practices
  • Effective Prevention and Intervention Strategies
  • School-based and Community Mental Health
  • Children’s Nature Play and Experiential Learning

Brian Gannon, MD
Assistant Professor — Pediatrics

  • Adoption
  • ADHD
  • Developmental Delays
  • Foster Children
  • Pediatric Care
  • University Medical Center
  • Vaccine Champion

Marisa Giggie, MD, MAPff
Fellowship Director & Assistant Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Rural Mental Health Care
  • Mental Health Care in Prisons

Bob McKinney, PhD, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT
Director of Social Services & Assistant Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine & Social Work

  • Social Work Services
  • Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health
  • Childhood Interpersonal Victimization
  • Inter-Professional Education
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • ADHD
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga as Medicine
  • Meditation

Mercedes Morales-Aleman, PhD
Assistant Professor — Community Medicine and Population Health & Institute for Rural Health Research

  • Health Disparities in Adolescent Latinas

Thaddeus Ulzen, MD, FRCP(C), DFAPA
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine — Medical Student Affairs & Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Incarcerated Adolescents
  • Paranoid Spectrum Disorders
  • Mental Health Pharmacology
  • Use of Telemedicine in Education and Clinical Service

Children and Parenting

Caroline Boxmeyer, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Child Social and Emotional Coping
  • Positive Parenting Practices
  • Effective Prevention and Intervention Strategies
  • School-based and Community Mental Health
  • Children’s Nature Play and Experiential Learning

Nancy Rubin, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist & Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Tapping
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Emergency Medicine

Richard Friend, MD
Interim Dean & Professor — Family Medicine Residency Administration & FIRM

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Residency Education and Training
  • Endoscopy
  • Advanced Orthopedics
  • Graded Exercise Testing
  • Vasectomies

Geriatrics

Anne Halli-Tierney, MD
Assistant Professor — FIRM & Geriatrics

  • Geriatrics
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia

Pamela Payne Foster, MD, MPH
Deputy Director & Professor — Community Medicine and Population Health & Institute for Rural Health Research

  • Health Disparities in African Americans
  • Cultural Competency in Health Care Providers
  • HIV/AIDS Stigma
  • Bioethics
  • Research

Grier Stewart, MD, CMD, FACP
Associate Professor & Internal Medicine Clerkship Director — FIRM & Geriatrics

  • Geriatrics
  • Long-term Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Colon Care
  • Prostate Care

Thomas Weida, MD
Professor & Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer — FIRM

  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Insurance and Policy

Health and Medicine

John Higginbotham, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Research and Health Policy & Professor and Chair of Community Medicine and Population Health & Director of Institute for Rural Health Research — Community Medicine and Population Health & Institute for Rural Health Research

Epidemiology and Preventive medicine as applied to:

  • Health Disparities
  • Rural
  • Health Issues
  • Obesity
  • EMS
  • Child Death
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Syndrome X

Jane Weida, MD, FAAFP
Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency & Associate Professor — Family Medicine Residency Administration & FIRM

  • Adult Immunizations
  • Patient-centered Medical Home
  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Care

Thomas Weida, MD
Professor & Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer — FIRM

  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Insurance and Policy

John R. Wheat, MD, MPH
Professor — Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine

  • Community Health
  • Rural Medical Education
  • Agricultural Medicine/Agromedicine
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Research Methods

Health Care Policy

John Higginbotham, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Research and Health Policy & Professor and Chair of Community Medicine and Population Health & Director of Institute for Rural Health Research — Community Medicine and Population Health & Institute for Rural Health Research

Epidemiology and Preventive medicine as applied to:

  • Health Disparities
  • Rural
  • Health Issues
  • Obesity
  • EMS
  • Child Death
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Syndrome X

Thomas Weida, MD
Professor & Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer — FIRM

  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Insurance and Policy

Lea Yerby, PhD
Assistant Professor — Community Medicine and Population Health

  • Health Care Policy
  • Health Disparities in Rural Children
  • Medicaid Innovation

Infectious Disease

Brian Gannon, MD
Assistant Professor — Pediatrics

  • Adoption
  • ADHD
  • Developmental Delays
  • Foster Children
  • Pediatric Care
  • University Medical Center Vaccine Champion

Wyndy Looney, MSN, RN-BC
Director of Nursing — Nursing

  • Flu Shot Campaign
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Operations
  • Nursing Education

Pamela Payne Foster, MD, MPH
Deputy Director & Professor — Community Medicine and Population Health & Institute for Rural Health Research

  • Health Disparities in African Americans
  • Cultural Competency in Health Care Providers
  • HIV/AIDS Stigma
  • Bioethics
  • Research

Learning Disorders

Caroline Boxmeyer, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Child Social and Emotional Coping
  • Positive Parenting Practices
  • Effective Prevention and Intervention Strategies
  • School-based and Community Mental Health
  • Children’s Nature Play and Experiential Learning

Brian Gannon, MD
Assistant Professor — Pediatrics

  • Adoption
  • ADHD
  • Development Delays
  • Foster Children
  • Pediatric Care
  • University Medical Center Vaccine Champion

Medical Education

John E. Burkhardt II, PsyD, NRHSP
Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Suicide
  • Mood Disorders
  • Medical and Health Psychology
  • Integrative Care in Medicine
  • Medical Student and Resident Education
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

Nathan Culmer, PhD
Director of Academic Technologies and Faculty Development & Assistant Professor — Medical Education

  • Telemedicine for Clinical Care and Education
  • Academic Technology
  • Education
  • Medical Faculty Development
  • Simulation
  • Wellness and Burnout

Richard Friend, MD
Interim Dean & Professor — Family Medicine Residency Administration & FIRM

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Residency Education and Training
  • Endoscopy
  • Advanced
  • Orthopedics
  • Graded Exercise Testing
  • Vasectomies

Wyndy Looney, MSN, RN-BC
Director of Nursing — Nursing

  • Flu Shot Campaign
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Operations
  • Nursing Education

Heather Taylor, MD
Associate Professor — Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Care
  • Medical Student Education

Thaddeus Ulzen, MD, FRCP(C), DFAPA
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine — Medical Student Affairs & Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Incarcerated Adolescents
  • Paranoid Spectrum Disorders
  • Mental Health Pharmacology
  • Use of Telemedicine in Education andClinical Service

Medical Insurance

Thomas Weida, MD
Professor & Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer — FIRM

  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Insurance and Policy

Neurology

Catherine Ikard, MD
Neurology Clerkship Director & Assistant Professor — FIRM & Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Neurological Disorders and Care

Psychology and Mental Health

Caroline Boxmeyer, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Child Social and Emotional Coping
  • Positive Parenting Practices
  • Effective Prevention and Intervention Strategies
  • School-based and Community Mental Health
  • Children’s Nature Play and Experiential Learning

John E. Burkhardt II, PsyD, NRHSP
Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Suicide
  • Mood Disorders
  • Medical and Health Psychology
  • Integrative Care in Medicine
  • Medical Student and Resident Education
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

Marisa Giggie, MD, MAPff
Fellowship Director & Assistant Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Rural Mental Health Care
  • Mental Health Care in Prisons

Catherine Ikard, MD
Neurology Clerkship Director & Assistant Professor — FIRM & Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Neurological Disorders and Care

Bob McKinney, PhD, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT
Director of Social Services & Assistant Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine & Social Work

  • Social Work Services
  • Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health
  • Childhood Interpersonal Victimization
  • Inter-Professional Education
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • ADHD
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga as Medicine
  • Meditation

Nancy Rubin, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist & Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Tapping
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Thaddeus Ulzen, MD, FRCP(C), DFAPA

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine — Medical Student Affairs & Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Incarcerated Adolescents
  • Paranoid Spectrum Disorders
  • Mental Health Pharmacology
  • Use of Telemedicine in Education and Clinical Service

Rural Health

Marisa Giggie, MD, MAPff
Fellowship Director & Assistant Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Rural Mental Health Care
  • Mental Health Care in Prisons

John Higginbotham, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Research and Health Policy & Professor and Chair of Community Medicine and Population Health & Director of Institute for Rural Health Research — Community Medicine and Population Health & Institute for Rural Health Research

Epidemiology and Preventive medicine as applied to:

  • Health Disparities
  • Rural
  • Health Issues
  • Obesity
  • EMS
  • Child Death
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Syndrome X

Mercedes Morales-Aleman, PhD
Assistant Professor — Community Medicine and Population Health & Institute for Rural Health Research

  • Health Disparities in Adolescent Latinas

Pamela Payne Foster, MD, MPH
Deputy Director & Professor — Community Medicine and Population Health & Institute for Rural Health Research

  • Health Disparities in African Americans
  • Cultural Competency in Health Care
  • Providers
  • HIV/AIDS Stigma
  • Bioethics
  • Research

Catherine Skinner, MD
Associate Professor — FIRM

  • Community and Rural Medical Practice
  • Contraception
  • Prenatal Care
  • Women’s
  • Health

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John R. Wheat, MD, MPH
Professor — Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine

  • Community Health
  • Rural Medical Education
  • Agricultural Medicine/Agromedicine
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Research Methods

Lea Yerby, PhD
Assistant Professor — Community Medicine and Population Health

  • Health Care Policy
  • Health Disparities in Rural Children
  • Medicaid Innovation

Sports Medicine

Brett Bentley, MD
Sports Medicine Physician — Sports Medicine

  • Sports Medicine
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Concussion
  • Heat-Related Illnesses
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Overuse Injuries

James Robinson, MD
Endowed Chair of Sports Medicine & Fellowship Director & Professor — Sports Medicine

  • Sports Medicine
  • Concussions
  • Athletic Injuries

Ray Stewart, MD
Sports Medicine Physician — Sports Medicine

  • Sports Medicine
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fellowship

Vaccinations

Jared Ellis, MD
Associate Residency Director & Assistant Professor — Family Medicine Residency Administration & Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine

  • Inpatient Readmission Rates
  • Length of Stay
  • Collaborative Training of Nurses and
  • Resident
  • Improving Flu Shot and Pneumonia Vaccine Acceptance/Administration

Brian Gannon, MD
Assistant Professor — Pediatrics

  • Adoption
  • ADHD
  • Development Delays
  • Foster Children
  • Pediatric Care
  • UMC
  • Vaccine Champion

Wyndy Looney, MSN, RN-BC
Director of Nursing — Nursing

  • Flu Shot Campaign
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Operations
  • Nursing Education

Wellness

Alan Blum, MD
Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair Professor — FIRM &The Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society

  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Tobacco Policy
  • Obesity
  • Literature and Art Medicine
  • Alcohol
  • Marketing
  • Tanning Bed Usage

Karen Burgess, MD
Chair & Associate Professor — Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Care
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Asthma

John E. Burkhardt II, PsyD, NRHSP
Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor — Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

  • Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Suicide
  • Mood Disorders
  • Medical and Health
  • Psychology
  • Integrative Care in Medicine
  • Medical Student and Resident
  • Education
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

Nathan Culmer, PhD
Director of Academic Technologies and Faculty Development & Assistant Professor — Medical Education

  • Telemedicine for Clinical Care and Education
  • Academic Technology
  • Education
  • Medical Faculty Development
  • Simulation
  • Wellness and Burnout

Suzanne Henson, RD
Assistant Professor — FIRM

  • Nutrition
  • Diet
  • Diabetes

John Higginbotham, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Research and Health Policy & Professor and Chair of Community Medicine and Population Health & Director of Institute for Rural Health Research — Community Medicine and Population Health & Institute for Rural Health Research

Epidemiology and Preventive medicine as applied to:

  • Health Disparities
  • Rural
  • Health Issues
  • Obesity
  • EMS
  • Child Death
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Syndrome X

Lea Yerby, PhD
Assistant Professor — Community Medicine and Population Health

  • Health Care Policy
  • Health Disparities in Rural Children
  • Medicaid Innovation

Women’s Health

Cecily Collins, MD
Assistant Professor — Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Women’s Health
  • Intrauterine Device (IUDs)
  • Group Prenatal Care

Kristine Graettinger, MD
Chair & Associate Professor — Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Women’s Health
  • Intrauterine Device (IUDs)
  • Breast Cancer

John McDonald, MD
Associate Professor — Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Women’s Health
  • Breast Cancer